Easy recipe for Spicy Ice Cubes
Our pepper jellies along with our Rib Candy™, Bird Bath™, and Craig’s Seasonings are all items that can be used to create or enhance just about any dish or drink. And like many of our other recipes, we have some simple flavorful ice cube recipes, too.
This recipe isn’t about just how to freeze fruits in ice cubes (which we will cover). It is a quick, simple recipe that can take those frozen treats to a whole new taste experience.
We will start with the basics –
How to freeze fruit and turn it into flavored ice cubes?
Freezing fruit is a popular summer treat. However, it can be done year-round.
Not only are frozen fruits nice little naturally sweet additions to things like 7-UP, but they can be a great replacement snack for those everyday sweet treat cravings. Have you ever froze grapes? They are such a nice treat on a hot steamy day.
Have you ever put strawberries in the freezer for a breakfast smoothie? If not, you are missing out.
While freezing fruit is easy enough, freezing fruit into ice cubes is just as simple.
Since lots of refrigerators come equipped with an ice maker, a lot of households don’t have ice cubes trays. If you are one of those blessed homes with an ice maker and don’t have an ice cube tray, purchase a couple at your local dollar store, or pick some up at the grocery store next time you go shopping.
We suggest having a couple on hand since you can only make about a dozen ice cubes at a time in each tray. The tray quantity varies. Be sure to get some that are large enough to handle the fruit you want to put into your ice cubes. We like the silicone tray options, but use whatever you like.
- 3 cups of fruit of your choice – fresh and rinsed or already frozen and ready-to-use from the store. If using fruit like strawberries, be sure to hull them first.
- water – we suggest using filtered so you get beautiful ice cubes.
Place the fruit into the cube locations in the tray.
Pour water over the tops of the fruit. Be sure all the fruit is in the water. It doesn’t have to be covered, just touching. Freeze until solid for at least 1 hour.
Once they are set they are ready to use. Add your frozen treats to a tall glass or pitcher of water or a cup of sparkling water. You can add additional fruit to your vessel if you want.
Make them a little more fancy by adding some fresh herbs or edible flowers.
What kind of fruit can be frozen?
Have you recently passed on a sale of berries at your local market? Or maybe purchased a large number for your smoothies?
If you don’t think you’re going to use them all before they go bad, you are in luck. Don’t let them go to waste. Fruit can be frozen. Like most fruits, berries of all kinds can be frozen!
If you store your fruit properly, it can remain in the freezer for up to a year. Try freezing fruits like bananas, mango, apples, peaches, oranges, pineapple, cherries, kiwi, watermelon, and much more.
How to make spicy ice cubes?
You may think this Texas tip is odd until you try it.
After you try it, you’ll be hooked.
Spoon some Texas Pepper Jelly into your ice cube trays and freeze overnight.
The next day, when the pepper jelly is frozen solid, twist the pepper jelly cubes out of the tray and into a pitcher or punchbowl with your favorite sparkling water or a fruit punch.
You aren’t limited on the mixtures you can create. Use the spicy ice cubes with hot tea, iced tea, various punches, Sprite, Coke, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and even coffee.
If you desire to heat up a cocktail, then use your frozen pepper jelly in a glass of white wine or bloody mary. We’ll leave the rest of the creativity up to you.
Is there another way to make spicy ice cubes?
We suggest placing the fruit of your choice in a bowl. Drizzle the matching flavor of Rib Candy, or mix it up, whichever you prefer, over the washed or frozen fruit. Stir together until the fruit is fully coated. Spoon the fruit into the trays and cover it with water and freeze as we explain in the frozen fruit recipe.
Viola! You now have some flavored fruit ice cubes with some tasty heat!
Be sure to make stock up your ice cubes for annual parties and holidays. Hint: each time you freeze a tray of your new fancy fruit ice cubes, dump some of them into ziplock bags to store for future use.
Until next time, foodies – we’re off to make some mango margaritas with our favorite pepper jelly spicy ice cubes.
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