How to Make Infused Water Ice Cubes
If you can’t use that entire bag of basil before it starts to wilt or if you want to make your money spent on infused water ingredients last even longer, consider making infused water ice cubes! Let’s get started.
Fill an ice cube tray half way with water (it does not have to be exact).
For herbs, you are going to want to rinse them and ball them between your fingers into a roll (or chiffonade) so that they are cut up into small pieces. Having more surface area will help the pieces to release more flavor once they are infused.
For fruits, you will want to slice them thinly for the same reason as the herbs (more surface area will result in more flavor). These strawberries are very ripe and started infusing in the ice cube tray as soon as I put them in there!
You can mix and match ingredients in the same ice cube tray. Submerge the herbs in the water and press them down with your finger. The herbs do not need to be completely covered, but do the best that you can.
The strawberries will likely fill up most of the remaining space in the ice cube compartments, and that’s okay.
Next, put the tray in the freezer for a few hours. The biggest hurdle in making herb-infused ice cubes is that all of the herbs float to the top, but that is why we only filled the tray half way: you are going to add some more water to the top of the cubes.
After the ice cubes have frozen for a few hours, add a little more water to the top. You can add more water to the strawberry cubes (or any fruit), but it is not really necessary if they are already near the top of the tray.
Now, you can let these infused ice cubes remain in the freezer for weeks and probably even months. Just pop one out if you want to use it as an ingredient in an infused water or if you are running out the door for work and don’t have time to make an infused water.
That’s it! P.S. Here is a geeky picture of me squinting in the sun while strawberry picking this weekend in Oregon.
BC Pitcher May 30, 2015 at 11:31 am
Love.Love.Love! the infused iced cubes especially to make fresh infused waters when rushing out the door!
Dara June 2, 2015 at 3:10 am
Hi Amy, for how long can we store the ice cubes inside the freezer?
Camille June 23, 2015 at 2:48 am
I’m just new in drinking infused water. Thank you Amy for sharing this.
Arpan Modi July 6, 2015 at 4:56 am
Thanks for you helpful tips for making Infused water Ice cubes. i tried it and i got the very delighted Infused cubes really good.
leticia July 8, 2015 at 2:01 pm
Hello…. once the cubes are frozen…. did you just drop the infused cubes into plain water?
Susan July 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm
You can drop them in plain water and enjoy. It takes a bit for the cubes to melt as the flavor mixes with the water.
leticia July 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Once the cubes are frozen…. do I just drop it into plain water?
Julia January 16, 2016 at 2:04 pm
Angela July 24, 2015 at 10:38 am
Thank you so much Mrs.Amy! I have been trying to drink infused water but I don’t exactly like it. This is an amazing idea for me to start with! Lots of love & keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂
Jonathon August 12, 2015 at 2:43 am
This sounds amazing! Would work perfectly with our infused water recipes for that extra burst of flavour 😉
Lois September 22, 2015 at 6:14 pm
I’m new to infusing and just met someone who makes a fresh strawberry and cucumber infused water recipe. Slices the cukes very thin (wonder if they need to be pealed first to expose more area). The big thing she said that makes it real good is a drop of balsamic vinegar
Laurence T. Huddon October 2, 2015 at 8:20 pm
I am a designer out in Bangkok and just learned about the infusion water method.
I will try a few variations and get back to you. I can’t imagine the out come but but I am willing to try.
Doing it this weekend . 03/10/2015
shabnam October 10, 2015 at 10:03 pm
are we suppose to drink infused water only in the morning or the entire day.i am confused. Please help
Julia January 16, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Infused water is good for any time of day! Many of these recipes are a great way to start your day, and some are alternatives to coffee as well.
Samantha January 5, 2016 at 5:55 pm
Hi, I have Oral Allergy Syndrome (Can’t have fresh fruits or veggies). I found a way to have smoothies by boiling the fruit then freezing them in ice trays. Would the cubes that I make work for infusing water?
Julia January 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm
These will probably work fine, especially if you let the cubes defrost, infuse, and then strain the infused water because boiled fruit might get soft and break apart.
Michele May 30, 2016 at 11:58 am
I want to make ice cubes for an infused water that has cucumbers, granny smith apples and mint. I am making this for a party. What kind of mint should I use? Can I do the cucumbers and apples in the ice cubes?
elizabeth July 9, 2016 at 7:10 am
Just wondering. When I do not have a fresh herb, such as dill, what are your comments about substituting the dried version? I realize it’s not ideal, but if it is possible, how to learn the proper ratio of dried herb to amount of water in the vessel? Thank you
Martha August 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm
I made want to make infused water, but my question is what to do with the fresh fruits that you put in it? I hate to throw it away after you finished a whole pitcher, like the sliced oranges, strawberry etc. Do you suppose to eat the fruit when you drink the water? Maybe crazy question
Ryan Zeus March 9, 2017 at 1:52 am
Best infused water method so far… love it…
Auna Blessing May 3, 2018 at 6:21 pm
Thank you for the great advice! I’d have never thought to add the herbs to water, but I guess it can be good if they’re fresh.
P.S. SPF sunglasses and a hat! You’ve got to protect yourself.
Paula Carson May 14, 2019 at 9:03 am
I am going to try this, I hate water also as some others do. I drink way to much soda but love fruit. I am excited about these ideas.