Recipe by Skuba
"These wonderful little cubes add just a touch of flavor to those summertime glasses of lemonade."
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fresh mint leaves
boiling water, or as needed
Okay, I cheated. I poured hot water over the mint, but I didn't like how it turned the mint dark...so, I added fresh mint to cool water. The cubes with the boiling water are stronger, but the cold water ones are prettier (and still taste quite minty). If I really want to get crazy next time, I'll steep some leaves, let the water cool, and replace the dark leaves with fresh ones. I'm looking forward to trying this with other herbs, too. Thanks, Skuba - great idea!!
I do ice cubes of many herbs, the hot water releases the oils in the plants, replacing the darkened, spent herbs with fresh after cooling is preferable. Just pop out the frozen cubes into labeled freezer bags and you are ready for many uses, from drinks to stews and everything in between.
This was a great idea... I just put cold water in my trays since I didn't want wilted mint; I just tried one in a cup of tea and it was nice!... Thanks for a great way to use up this mint (hubby bought by accident) :)
Beautiful! I've put berries in ice cubes before, but never thought to use mint. To make it even more perfect, I used the recipe (really a tip) "Ice for Cocktails," also from this site. I also didn't use hot water...I didn't like the idea of it "cooking" the mint. (I had visions of it looking like seaweed within an ice cube) Ideal use of mint for me because other than using it as a garnish for desserts, I use it for nothing else and it always seemed like kind of a waste. I used this for just plain water with dinner and I know I'll appreciate them even more with summer beverages.
These are very minty ice cubes! We have an ice maker in our freezer, and I think I got rid of all of our ice cube trays at some point. I could only find a tiny ice cube tray that goes in the mini fridge in the basement. So, I only made 14 mini ice cubes. Since they were small, I used 1 mint leaf per cube. My mint didn't turn that dark like others--perhaps because I have chocolate mint, which is darker in the first place. These were so easy and went along well with the Sun Brewed Mint Tea we made as well. I think I may do this with savory herbs like rosemary and freeze with chicken broth for recipes. Thanks for the recipe!
Ummmm! I buy mint all the time but sometimes don't use it right away and it ends up tossed out. Never again. I have a few of these in my tea right now and will be using them in lemonade and sparkling water too. Definitely leave the mint in. Thanks, Skuba! Great Idea!
So simple, but yet so pretty and effective. I did replace the "cooked" mint with a fresh leaf after it cooled and before placing in the freezer. They do enliven a glass of ice tea or lemonade! Thanks Skuba, a great way to utilize my mint "gone wild"!
These were neat. Hubby gave me that "Chick, you crazy?" look when I was making them, but he loved them in his lemonade! Score one for Skuba. :) Thanks!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mint Ice Cubes
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories: < 1
Calories from Fat: < 1
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