For years I have been preaching about the virtues of drinking water and fruit juices, instead of coffee and soda pop. Little did I know that my daily six to eight glasses of water, which I has flavoured up until very recently with only a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, could be brought to a whole new level in the simplest of ways.
If you own a blender and an ice cube tray or two, you can do this at home easily too! All you need are some very ripe fruits. Bear in mind though that the riper the fruit is, the sweeter the juice is, so adjust your flavours accordingly to suit your own tastes. Choosing fruits that are extremely ripe and soft is the ideal thing here (fruit is only considered TOO ripe for this project if it has started to mold or been badly bruised, as these flavours will come through in the final product… and so will be bacteria! Yuck)
Use only natural juices for this, not water. Water will only make your ice cubes less potent and water down your drinks. To prepare the ice cubes, simply choose your favourite fruit, peel it, pit it, and plop it into a blender. Hit the button to puree it and you’re done! If whichever fruit you are pureeing doesn’t have enough natural juices to move freely through the blender blades, add just a hint of apple juice to thin it out. Adding water will again cause the ice cubes to dilute drinks, rather than flavour them.
Next, just freeze the juices from your blender in a standard ice cube tray. You don’t need any special equipment (other than a blender) – just puree the fruit, pour it into a standard ice cube tray, freeze and plop into a drink whenever needed.
Here are a few examples of fruits that work great for doing this, and taste amazing!
- Kiwi fruit
- Berries (blueberry, strawberry, blackberry etc)