Here in the South, you’re always looking for new ways to beat the heat. So when I saw a write-up in the newest Body & Soul magazine entitled Keep Cool, I read it quickly. In the snippet there are three recipes for ice cubes that infuse flavors fresh from the garden. You can add the ice cubes to your water for a fun twist, or a cocktail for a fresh take.
This summer Parrish and I are growing cucumbers, and this past week we have harvested several large cukes. So I decided to try the Cucumber Basil ice cubes. To make, puree one cucumber (peeled and seeded), 1/4 cup torn basil, and a pinch of salt with one cup water. I also added a dash of lemon juice.
Pour the puree into an ice cube tray and freeze.
For a fresh taste, use the cubes in a glass of water or seltzer. I used lemon line seltzer for extra zing and bubbles.
Garnish with a sprig of basil.
This drink could easily be made into an cocktail too! Just add a shot of vodka or gin, and a bit of simple syrup!
Fresh, clean, but most importantly…COOL!!