I have a huge fondness for ice. The naughty ice cube trick my college roommate taught me. The ice the nurse wrapped up in a diaper for post-birth relief. The Ice I rubbed on my teething baby’s gums. The half melted glass of ice I crunched loudly during my first big fight with my husband. The ice in the water that helped me make a decent pie crust for the first time. The ice that clinks in my glass at the end of the day when the house is quiet and sleepy.
When we (and by “we” I mean IKEA and my husband) renovated our kitchen we put in a new refrigerator with an ice maker. Oh joy! Ice on tap! I could scoop an entire cooler full of ice and still have enough left over for my diet pop. Ice! But I’m finding that I actually miss my old ice cube trays. We had a few of those great vintage metal ones that would make a giant “crack!” when you lifted the lever and released the ice. Even whacking the blue Tupperware ice tray against the counter was satisfying.
So in tribute to ice I’m going to share some delicious ice cube recipes. Don’t laugh, just read on!
Step 1: Use filtered water; there are less minerals and hard water deposits to cloud your ice.
Step 2: Boil your water. Cool. Boil again. Why all the boiling? Other than Lotta’s OCD, it’s because it helps to boil away all those mystical things in your water that make it cloudy. Don’t think about it too hard dear.
Step 3: Once cooled, pour into your trays and freeze. And ta-da, perfect crystal clear ice cubes, perfect for clinking about in your vodka tonic.
Step 1: Gather whatever delicious things you would like to freeze in your ice. Some yummy things include; slices of lemon, lime or oranges, maraschino cherries and mint.
Step 2: Make some “perfect ice” or hell, just use regular water. Fill your trays about half full, depending on the size of what you’re dropping in. Displacement and all that.
Step 3: Plop in your garnish and freeze on a level surface. Then enjoy your diet coke with frozen lemon slice ice, ice tea with minty ice cubes or kitty cocktail with frozen cherries.
Step 1: This ice is going into a bucket and not into anyone’s glass. So what you can gather to put inside is limitless. (Though this is yet another thing to keep away from small children.) Some fun combinations include; cranberries and sprigs of evergreen rose heads, tiny garden gnomes, beer charms, and kazoos – no restrictions since nobody will be eating this.
Step 2: I think you get the idea by now, plunk your stuff into the trays.
Step 3: Dump all that ice into an ice bucket or your beer coral. Clear ones are great since they show off your hard work. But anything can be an ice bucket from a rusty tin pail to one of the kid’s plastic toy bins. Put in your booze and enjoy!