12 Flavored Ice Cubes That Make a Splash

Flavored ice cubes are like jewelry for your drink — eye-catching and loaded with personality.

They’re also functional: As the cubes melt, they add hits of flavor, turning even a plain glass of water into an aromatic sip. The best part is that these cubes are a cinch to make, often requiring nothing more than “chop, add water, freeze.” Ready to get chilly with it?

Though this pretty flowering plant has some edible species, play it safe and use only dried hibiscus made for consumption to create these crimson cubes. The flowers should be boiled and steeped as though you’re making tea before pouring the cooled liquid into ice-cube trays.

ice-cubes-2-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-2-435×580.jpg makes a savory sidekick to sweet lemonade.

ice-cubes-3-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-3-435×580.jpg add a cool, refreshing taste to iced tea. Or, use them to make your mojito even mintier!

ice-cubes-4-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-4-435×580.jpg in the cup — mind blown. (Same goes for iced chai.) The sweet, creamy cubes are made with almond milk, sugar, vanilla extract and vanilla bean.

ice-cubes-5-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-5-435×580.jpg prove there are no limits to in the world of flavored ice cubes. Just head over to your local market and see what looks good in the produce section!

ice-cubes-6-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-6-435×580.jpg not only makes a colorful addition to water or iced tea, but also brings out the flavor of gin and bourbon. The dried variety should be boiled before turning into cubes. Bonus: Add some chopped basil before freezing for an even bolder taste as the cubes melt.

ice-cubes-7-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-7-435×580.jpg . Follow a basic lemonade recipe: Squeeze a few lemons into a bowl, then add some sugar and water. But instead of pouring the liquid into a pitcher, pour it into ice cube trays. When you add a few of these boldly colored cubes to water or a Tom Collins, it’s like capturing sunshine in a glass.

ice-cubes-8-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-8-435×580.jpg says adding a tablespoon of instant coffee is optional, don’t skip it: The granules make the chocolate more intense without leaving a coffee taste.

ice-cubes-9-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-9-435×580.jpg are so gorgeous, they could be art — only they’re too delicious not to eat! Try them in water, lemonade or sparkling wine.

ice-cubes-13-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-13-435×580.jpg , made with real apples. A splash of vodka turns your drink into a festive cocktail.

ice-cubes-11-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-11-435×580.jpg . After freezing, serve on a hot summer day in glasses with sparkling water, lime juice and a mint-leaf garnish or with vodka.

ice-cubes-12-435x580.jpg ice-cubes-12-435×580.jpg were made with seven colored liquids, including Gatorade, for a gin and tonic (chilled to prevent the ice from melting too quickly). If you swap in another beverage, make sure it’s colorless. When dropping in the cubes, follow the order of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet — for maximum wow factor.

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