Hatch Chile Ice Cubes

I rarely drink soda or caffeine which often leaves me with a somewhat boring beverage to consume with lunch. If I'm out to dinner, I'm not one to call the mixologist over for a creation involving tree bark and foraged sea grass, though I'm not opposed to any of that on my plate.

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So you can imagine my delight when I learned of another use for the versatile, and seasonal, Hatch chile. Ice cubes. Yes, ice cubes. 

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You simply blend some water with the chile, place in some old fashioned ice cube trays, and voila, an easy way to spice up any drink. 

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Throw these fiery cubes in to punch up lemonade or ginger ale. If it's happy hour somewhere, add vodka with some club soda for a refreshing adult beverage with a kick, or for tequila fans, mix it with a squeeze of lime and some crushed mint. As the cube melts, the heat increases, so plan your drinking accordingly.

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The possibilities are endless, but the time in which you can purchase your Hatch chiles is not. The season usually runs for a few weeks around August, so grab some at the grocery store when they're available, and you can always freeze them to get you through the chili-less months. More details on the chili here and Melissa's Produce has the details on when and where you can get the fresh one's.

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Hatch Chile Ice Cubes

Adapted from Melissa's Hatch Chile Cookbook 
Makes one dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 hatch chile, roasted, peeled, stemmed and seeded

Instructions

  1. Place the chile and water in a blender and mix until fully combined.
  2. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  3. For a clean, clear cube, strain through a sieve or colander before pouring into an ice cube tray and freezing.
  4. Combine cubes with your favorite afternoon drink or evening cocktail. 

 

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