Healthy Kitchen Hacks: Easy Ice Cubes to Make Your Beverages Better

duck-shaped ice cubes made from 100 percent orange juice on a white plate
Photo: Serena Ball, MS, RD

Never again will your iced coffee get watered down. And never again will you have to drink boring plain old water.

When you have a freezer full of these easy ice cubes, your beverages will always be a little bit specialHealthy Kitchen Hacks: Easy Ice Cubes to Make Your Beverages Better -

Chocolate Milk Ice Cubes

If you’re like me, one of the best parts of summer is iced coffee. I go to bed thinking about my first sip in the morning. Really. In the winter, I like hot coffee with just milk. But I like my iced coffee a bit sweet. (Probably because I worked in a Greek restaurant through college and drank a ton of their so sweet iced coffee.)

But watered-down coffee I don’t like. So I make chocolate milk ice cubes. Problem solved: No watered down coffee, and my coffee with chocolate milk is just a bit sweet.

Coffee Ice Cubes

Of course, coffee ice cubes are the (other) perfect way to keep your iced coffee from getting watered down.

But they are also frosty-delicious to add to a cold glass of milk to get through an afternoon slump. A protein-packed glass of milk will help fill your tummy until close to dinner. And a few coffee ice cubes will give that shot of energizing caffeine — but probably not enough to keep you awake at night. For me, the magic number is four ice cubes!

100% Juice Ice Cubes

Three is the number of frozen 100% orange juice cubes I toss in my water. It’s just enough sweetness to taste like a juice spritzer. Sometimes I add sparkling water, but more often it’s just plain old water. My kids love two or three OJ cubes, too, especially when made in the little ducky ice cube tray. Cranberry juice cubes are also delicious and so pretty in water. Or combine an orange juice cube and a cranberry juice cube.

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Serena Ball, MS, RD, is a food writer and registered dietitian nutritionist. She co-blogs at sharing "Healthy Kitchen Hacks" to help families find healthy cooking shortcuts.