I was hanging out with some friends on Saturday at Smorgasburg, a weekly food fair featuring local purveyors of wonderful, tasty savory and sweet dishes. Reason #5,422 why living in the Brooklyn/NYC area is awesome. Anywho, one of my friends expressed how much it bums him out that he doesn’t like to cook. And I said, “Why not start with something simple? Like these ice cubes?” Cue laughing fit. Start with ice cubes? Really? He doesn’t like to cook but he’s not a complete moron. And while I wasn’t being totally serious that he should really start by just freezing some water, I kind of was. Because I had recently made these refreshing little gems.
Minimal steps and even fewer ingredients are great ways to turn someone on to cooking. These fruity ice cubes are obscenely simple but gloriously satisfying. Sure, you’re just making fancy ice cubes but these things are kind of secret show-stoppers. As they melt, they don’t water your beveridge down, they just impart their awesome fruity flavor into your drink! Magic.
Wild Berry Fruit Cubes from Joy the Baker
Yields about 100 cubes with my bizarro tiny trays
1 pint raspberries
1 pint blackberries
ice cube tray
Wash and dry berries. Place berries in a bowl and mash together. Divvy mashed berries into ice cube tray and fill with water. Place in freezer to freeze. Tah Dah!
Citrus Champagne Punch with Wild Berry Fruit Cubes
Champagne or prosecco
Blood orange juice
Ginger ale (or some sort of carbonated drink)
Wild berry fruit cubes
Additional fresh raspberries and blackberries for garnish
Place a handful of wild berry cubes in a glass and toss in a few berries. Fill glass with desired amount of champagne and ginger ale and add a splash of blood orange juice. Sit back, relax and let the summer wash over you.