I Tried 3 Popular Pinterest Ice Cube Hacks & Here's What Happened

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Ice is as essential to summertime as, well, sunshine. Without it our cold brews would be room temp, our wine coolers less cooled, our ice water... iceless. So instead of imagining the upcoming sweaty season without the crunchy stuff, we decided to put our minds to improving upon it even further. After scrolling through our Pinterest feeds and discovering Insta-worthy idea after idea for upping our ice game, we decided to put a few of these pretty tricks to the test.
Ahead I test out three fast and easy cube hacks for our favorite summer drinks (cocktails, coffee, and wine) t0 see which are essential and which are more of a time suck. Each trick can be tailored to your specific tastes and sipping scenarios, so feel free to get creative in your own freezers. Stay cool and scroll on!
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Citrus Cubes



Ingredients
Ice cube mold
Citrus of choice (e.g. lemon, lime, orange, etc.)
Soda water (or regular water)

Instructions
Slice citrus with rind, then squeeze and set individual pieces within cube mold. Fill mold with water and freeze overnight.
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Drink Ideas



Lemon water is no revolutionary concept — so freezing slices into cubes was a super simple process and finished product. However, pre-prepping individual cubes is an ideal method for grabbing a fast glass of lemon water anytime. Plus, it looked pretty.

These citrus cubes would also be a great addition to any summer cocktail (think vodka soda, gin and tonic, etc.). Because as the ice melted down, the citrus flavor infused and the seltzer water added a refreshing dash of effervescence (next time I'm planning on playing around with different flavored seltzers and citrus combos).
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.

Fruit Cubes



Ingredients
Ice cube mold
Fruit of choice (e.g. blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, etc.)
Rosé (or water)

Instructions
Slice fruit and place individual pieces evenly throughout the cube mold. Fill mold with rosé and freeze overnight.
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Drink Ideas



I threw these wine-drenched fruit cubes into a glass of rosé — it kept things chill for much longer than if I had simply poured the glass straight from the fridge. The fruit garnish not only added in some summery vibes, but it also provided a hint of sangria flavor once everything melted down.

I'll definitely be utilizing this hack again throughout the summer, especially when entertaining friends — it's a great way to quickly and fairly effortlessly snazz-up a bottle of so-so wine without watering it down (try mashing up different types of wines and fruits; a sancerre and some melon is next on my list).
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.

Coffee Cubes



Ingredients
Ice cube mold
Brewed coffee of choice
*Optional milk or cream of choice

Instructions
Pour brewed coffee into cube mold and freeze over night. *If you take your iced coffee with milk or cream, alternate freezing a few of those cubes as well for morning mixing.
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Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Buxton.

Drink Ideas



I used these caffeinated cubes in my iced coffee, of course — they kept the brew strong and chilled (no dilution as the ice melted). I drink my coffee black, so the finished product was smooth and packed a more noticeable punch. And although making the cubes took some time and was a bit messy (instead of watery ice residue, you get coffee droplets everywhere), I'd definitely do it again for a special cold brew occasion (i.e. a home-hosted brunch with friends). But, it was not an everyday-essential hack.

I'd also be interested in trying the inverse equation by popping four or five coffee cubes into a proportioned glass of steamed milk — I'm thinking vanilla cashew. Yum.
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