Happy Valentine’s Day! Last year I created a fun blood orange cocktail for the holiday, so this year I wanted to do something a little different. I thought about the iconic conversation hearts and wanted to incorporate them somehow into a drink, but nothing felt quite right. I remembered I had this silicone heart mold hanging around my baking wares—some good homemade truffle intentions gone awry. I had some real success with ice a couple years back, so making heart-shaped cubes seemed like a no brainer. Plus: citrus season!
You can really use any type of juice you want—I even added some pureed mint to the lime cubes for extra color. Below are a few ideas for inspiration, but do come up with your own variations!
These cubes melt quick since they are so small, but I found they retained their shape when I used them as a topper rather than as a true chilling tool. Plus they float a little better this way.
So instead of going out for some overpriced dinner or picking a fight with your significant other when he doesn’t come home with flowers, make these adorable cubes, pour yourself a G&T, and sip happily to love.
Heart-Shaped Citrus Ice Cubes
Take about 1/2 c. fruit juice of your choice, pour it into the molds, and allow to freeze about 2-4 hours (depending on how big your molds are).
To use, make a cocktail on ice (I like to make a clear drink, like a G&T, so the cubes really shine), and top with a few cubes of your choice.
Ideas for inspiration:
- Grapefruit juice
- Blood orange juice
- Tangelo juice
- Meyer lemon juice
- lime juice and pureed mint