Cocktail Ice Cubes

the cocktail cube

Some ideas are just kismet.  I was making fun ice cubes last week for myself so that I could feel like I was really participating in happy hour even with my virgin drinks.  I kept adding more and more to my giant creative cubes, then it just struck me… when added to something like my sparkling water, these just make a fun alcohol-free cocktail, BUT when added to a couple ounces of your favorite liquor, they make amazingly flavorful, non diluted, super icy cocktails.

If your warm weather happy hour drink is watered down 5 minutes in, this is the summery solution for you.  Plus, since you can make a bunch ahead of time, it’s a really cute idea for a party as well!

cocktail ice cubes

The ‘cocktail cubes’,  as I’m calling them are basically just every non-alcoholic portion of a cocktail, frozen together, here are the recipes!  They use a 2″ silicone ice cube tray.  Since the recipes have much more sugar than plan water, they don’t freeze as solid, which means they won’t take a year to melt in your drink (rather just 5 minutes or so).  So they really are perfect for cocktails!

Mojito

Makes four 2″ cubes

Mix 6 oz lime juice and 6 oz mint infused simple syrup (recipe follows).  Put a few sprigs of mint and a slice of lime in each compartment, then fill with the liquid. Top with water if necessary.  When serving, mix two cubes with 1.5 oz rum and a couple ounces of club soda.

Mai Tai

Makes four 2″ cubes

Mix 10 oz pineapple juice, 4 oz orange juice, and 2 teaspoons grenadine. Put two maraschino cherries into each ice cube compartment, then fill with the liquid.  When serving, add two cocktail cubes to a mix of 1 oz coconut rum and 1 oz dark spiced rum. Garnish with a big slice of fresh pineapple.

Classic Marg

Makes four 2″ cubes

Mix 10 oz fresh lime juice with 2 oz orange juice and 4 oz simple syrup.  Put a lime slice in each ice cube compartment, then fill with the liquid.  When serving, add one cocktail cubes to 1 oz agave tequila, or two cubes to 2 oz tequila. Garnish with kosher salt and more lime.

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The Mai Tai is a personal favorite of mine, I love eating the garnishes as much as I love the drink itself (I feel the same way about bloody mary’s!)

The recipes are made to be a little strong, we drink a fair amount of ‘on the rocks’  drinks at our house, (although not at the moment for me) so a slow melting mixer cube is the perfect amount of sweet!  Please feel free to alter the amount of liquor to suit your tastes.

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Enjoy playing with these fun and creative twists on classic cocktails!

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