SUMMER! Is it for real! Is summer finally here! Memorial day weekend snuck up on me. How did that happen? Oh well here we are sitting on the tip of summer. What an amazing feeling knowing this weekend kicks off the next few months of beautiful sunny weather.
All I’ve been thinking about lately are summer cocktails. Easy, bright, with lots of flavor. For me it starts with an amazing ice cube… yes, you heard me right ice cubes! This wonderful summer season all the fruit and herbs that grow are at their peak. Why not use them!
Here’s how to make cocktail making easy!
Grab a few herbs, I’ve picked rosemary, mint and sage. Then add a fruit. Really it’s that simple.
I have a few of these ice molds which make for a beautiful ice cube. If you have a ice cube try that works great as well.
I will make these in large batches and then have them ready to go at a moments notice. Last night a perfect example of this I didn’t really want a big to do with making a drink. So I grabbed an ice cube threw it in the cup added 2 ounces of tequila and a splash of seltzer and it was amazing.
The key to doing these ice cubes are to really muddle the herbs the fruit adds the smallest amount of sugar. This really helps pull the essence of the herb into the drink.
For the mint cube I did not use a fruit so I added the 1 teaspoon of sugar for the whole tray.
Freeze overnight then when you pop the ice cubes out of their molds place them all on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure the ice cubes aren’t touching one another. This is an extra step that sounds like a pain in the butt but it’s so worth it. Leave it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Now they are ready to bag and you will be able to use 1 cube at a time because they won’t stick together.
Enjoy the endless options of cocktails!