As summer starts to wind down, I feel like I'm trying to harness every last piece of it. Yes, we have a bit of the endless summer in Los Angeles, but there's still a certain feeling to the season, no matter the temperature, that is always sad to see end.
There's also all the great summer berries that I've been jamming into my mouth like a chipmunk prepping for a long winter. While I continue to do this, I also thought of another way to preserve a little bit of my berry summer - to quite literally freeze it. I'm talking berry ice cubes.
Part of this berry ice cube recipe stemmed from my over zealous berry buying at the farmer's market recently. Lately the strawberries have been reinventing the color red. I couldn't pass them up this week and then I saw one basket of lone blueberries left in a sea of red and had to grab them too. No berry left behind. Who knows when I'll have them this good again. I got home and not only is my kitchen filled with these berries, but there's also peaches, plums, nectarines and apples. I can't help myself.
You can mix whatever fruit you like, but blueberries and strawberries are such a good match and fit very nicely into the ice cube trays. You may need to cut the strawberries in half. I added a mint leaf to each and even included lime juice in some.
Can you even imagine the uses? Sure there's sparkling water, but what about lemonade and ice tea. Better still, how about dropping those bad boys in with some vodka and soda. The possibilities are endless.
Summer or not, these cubes can be made with the fruit du jour and enjoyed all year long.
Berry Mint Ice Cubes
Makes 24 cubes
- 48 blueberries
- 24 - 30 strawberries
- 24 small, fresh mint leaves
- Optional: Lime juice
- Rinse all the fruit, removing the stems of the strawberries. Place 2 blueberries in each ice cube holder, followed by 1 mint leaf. Place a strawberry on top, cutting in half if necessary. Fill tray with water and/or lime juice. Freeze and enjoy with your favorite drink!
Need more flavored ice cubes in your life? Spice things up with these hatch chile ice cubes.