11 Ice Tray Hacks That Are Way Better Than Just Freezing Water

posted: 07/07/16
by: Amanda Mushro
ice cube hacks

If you're just making plain old ice cubes in your ice tray, you're not using these tiny trays to their full potential. From upping your cocktail game, to creating the perfect summer drink, and the best way to save summer herbs and citrus, here's all the things you need to start making in your ice cube trays:

Mixing up summer cocktails but you just ran out of ice? Good! Keep those cocktails fresh and cool with a few ice cube hacks.

-For sangria, freeze red wine and a few berries for a delicious mixer.
-For margaritas, mix a tequila and lime juice and freeze.
-For mojitos, add a few splashes of rum, water, sugar and lime juice to your ice tray.
-If you like pina coladas, freeze coconut milk, rum, and pineapple juice for a cool cube.
-If you're sitting outside, sipping a glass of white wine, you don't want it to get warm or water it down by loading it up with ice cubes. So keep your wine chilled by freeing wine and grapes in ice trays. Your wine will stay the perfect temperature and you won't ruin the taste with added water.

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Iced coffee is a delicious and cool treat to give you a caffeine kick, but don't let your ice cup of Joe get watered down! Fill a few ice trays with coffee and when it's frozen, use those coffee cubes to chill your iced coffee.

Take advantage of all the fresh fruit this summer by freezing pieces of fruit like strawberries, peaches, and blueberries mixed with water in an ice tray. These fruit cubes will be perfect in a glass of water or seltzer.

Don't toss those broken cookies at the bottom of the bag into the trash! Mix them with milk into your ice trays and freeze for a sweet treat that will be delicious in ice cold milk or as part of a milk shake. Yummy!

Want a super delicious and super easy dessert? Pour melted chocolate into your ice trays and drop in piece of strawberry. Pop into the freezer for anytime you need a quick, chocolate bite.

Step up your smoothie game by freezing pureed fruit like blueberries and bananas with yogurt and popping these power packed cubes into your morning smoothie.

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If you're buying fresh lemons or limes in bulk, but you're afraid they will go bad before you get to use them, squeeze the fruit and freeze the juice in your ice tray. You can keep the cubes in your freezer and use for fresh juices, cooking, or cocktails.

Make chocolate covered cheesecake bites in an ice tray by pouring in chocolate and spooning in cheesecake mixture. Freeze and enjoy for a perfectly portioned bite.

Freeze fresh herbs like rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme and in a little olive oil to keep your freezer stocked with all the herbs you love to cook with all year long. You can freeze garlic and ginger too but skip the olive oil.

Throwing a party and want to make Jell-O shots? Use your ice tray as the Jell-O mold. Add a few pieces of fruit, like berries, to step up your jell-shot game.