Herb Infused Ice Cubes

During the summer I have two main goals for myself: to stay hydrated and eat as cleanly as possible.  At times it can be a challenge (I mean, hot dogs on the grill and fresh ice cream are just too tempting for me), but thankfully I came up with a creative way to focus on both of my goals with one…cube.  That’s right, cube.  I make ice cubes with ingredients fresh from my garden (and the farmer’s market) to spice up whatever I am drinking.  Here are some of my favorite herb infused ice cube combinations:

Cucumber Mint

Grapefruit Rosemary

Lemon Basil

Lime and Thyme


The great thing about these cubes is that they look so elegant but they are so simple and easy to create.  Simply cut up a small slice or chunk of fruit (or veggie) and snip a small leaf or two from the plants in your herb garden.  Place the ingredients in an ice cream mold, add water, and freeze. You can get more creative by using those large spheres to make a massive chunk of ice in a rocks cocktail glass…or even use whimsical ice molds for your kids’ drinks. The main point is that you use your creativity to get everyone to stay hydrated during these extremely hot and humid summer months in Chicago.


Serve in your favorite drink—whether it is iced tea, lemonade, a grown up vodka tonic, or even just plain old H20.  I promise you it will be a refreshing change to help you stay hydrated all year round, but especially during the dog days of summer.

Looking for other drink recipes?  Check out my popular mocktails post.


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  1. Heather says

    I’m a big fan of creative waters (diffused) and ice-cubes! Looks pretty, it’s healthy and tastes great. I haven’t done ice-cubes with grapefruit. I LOVE grapefruit, so will definitely have to think of an herb that’s complimentary (not a big rosemary person). Thanks for the idea. 🙂

  2. Elizabeth O. says

    I’ve tried this with olive oil and butter, but those are just common stuff. These herb infused ice cubes would be perfect for detox drinks!

  3. Jacob Fu says

    Yum! I love this idea! We should definitely do this more. It’ll help the wife drink more water too since she doesn’t typically like just the taste of regular water.

  4. CourtneyLynne says

    I’m all about infusing everything and anything these days!! These ice cubes sound pretty neat! Might just have to give them a try 🙂

  5. Stephanie says

    What awesome ideas! I’ve been trying to get in my recommended 8 glasses of water, and honestly, it’s not easy because I hate water. Maybe this will help. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Desirae Young says

    We have done this idea for ever, and love it! We usually take berries and freeze them. They are perfect for days where you are wanting a sweet drink. Ikea has a lot of cute little ice cube trays that work perfect for this!

  7. Rebecca Swenor says

    I have to admit I have not yet tried this idea of herbs and fruits/veggies infused ice cubes. I am so going to try this and may start with the mint and cucumber infused ice cubes. Thanks for sharing.

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