But we get it: While water may be the healthiest thirst-quencher, it’s far from the most interesting. So if you’re bored and craving more flavor, put your ice cubes to work. You can infuse water and unsweetened teas (and the occasional cocktail) with fruit and herbs by creating flavorful ice cubes that provide a nutritious boost of antioxidants without excess sugar or artificial ingredients. Grab your ice cube tray and get started with these flavorful ideas!
Blueberry-Lemon Fruit Cubes
Sweet blueberries are the perfect complement to sour lemons, and both provide a dose of vitamin C when added to ice cubes like in this recipe from Proper. Substitute chilled white tea for white grape juice to cut down on added sugars, and drop a few whole blueberries into each cube for a fiber boost.
Fruit Infused Ice Cubes
For an everyday pick-me-up, take a cue from This Beautiful Day and add diced fruit like oranges, kiwis, strawberries, or peaches to the water in your ice cube tray and freeze. Add them to your water bottle, morning smoothies, or a carafe when you’re entertaining guests for a stress-free beverage that looks and tastes great.
Lemon, Ginger, and Green Tea Ice Cubes
Preserve the flavor of your iced teas (and infuse them with even more flavor as the ice melts) by adding tea cubes infused with citrus zest and ginger slices. This easy recipe from Let’s Mingle combines classic lemon, ginger, and green tea flavors for an invigorating option you can easily pop into a pitcher of brewed tea, water bottle, or cocktail shaker.
Lime and Mint Ice Cubes
If limes are your citrus of choice, try these cooling cubes from A Spoonful of Sugar. Fresh mint balances the tart flavor for a refreshing beverage you’ll be reaching for all summer long. Just add sparkling water or club soda and garnish with extra mint and lime slices for a mojito-inspired sip minus the sugar rush.
Use up leftover watermelon slices with this simple recipe from Nutrition Stripped. Blend the amino acid-rich fruit until smooth and pour into an ice tray for easy watermelon cubes that will add a splash of color to any lemonade or agua fresca.