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Orange Thyme Ice Cubes

May 12, 2024
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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Meet our Orange Thyme Ice Cubes—citrusy freshness with a hint of herby goodness. They'll take your drinks to the next level!

Orange Thyme Ice Cubes

Spice up your sips with a fun twist! Meet our Orange Thyme Ice Cubes—a burst of citrusy freshness and herby goodness. Whether it's water, lemonade, or a cocktail, these fruit ice cubes are here to add a zing to your drinks. Vegan + Gluten-free.

Up close shots of ice cubes in a tray on a orange table.

Whenever I want to jazz up a drink or feel a bit fancy, I go for flavored ice cubes. These Orange Thyme Ice Cubes are a go-to—they add a refreshing kick to any beverage! I've played around with other flavors too, like Citrus Ginger Turmeric Ice Cubes for wellness shots and even Starbucks' famous Medicine Ball Tea ice cubes. It's an easy way to give your drinks a fun twist!

Ice cube trays are incredibly versatile—they're not just for making ice anymore! Sure, you can still use them for that, but they're also perfect for saving leftover tomato paste, pesto, and more.

Let's circle back to these flavored ice cubes. They're super easy to make and require just 3 ingredients ---- Fresh oranges, thyme + filtered water. They're perfect for adding a burst of flavor to water (hello infused water), mocktails, juices + more. Trust me, these little cubes will take your drinks to the next level!

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Why You Will LOVE These Orange Thyme Ice Cubes

  • Instantly upgrades any drink with a burst of flavor
  • Super simple + easy to whip up!
  • Refreshing citrus flavor
  • Infused with aromatic thyme for an extra zing
  • Perfect for adding a touch of fancy to drinks
Orange slices in an ice tray on an orange table.

Ingredients For Orange Thyme Ice Cubes

ICE CUBES:

  • Filtered water.
  • Orange. Freshly-squeezed.
  • Diced oranges. To put into the ice cube.
  • Fresh thyme sprigs. Roughly chopped.

How To Make Orange Thyme Ice Cubes

TO MAKE THE ICE CUBES:

  • In a bowl, mix together the water and orange juice until combined.
  • In your favorite ice tray----add the diced oranges and chopped thyme sprigs into each cavity and carefully cover them with the orange-water mixture, filling them until all completely full. Repeat until all ice cube cavities are filled.

FREEZE THE CUBES:

  • Add the tray(s) to the freezer and freeze for 3-4 hours (or overnight) until ice is formed.
  • Add these ice cubes to your favorite drink, mocktail/cocktail, or my Orange Marmalade Ginger Mocktail, etc.

SHOP MY FAVORITE DRINKWARE ITEMS AND ACCESSORIES!

Here, I’ve curated a list of drinkware and tea essentials that I use to achieve my favorite drinking experiences, especially with these Orange Thyme Ice Cubes recipe. Everything from my fave glassware, teapots, ice cube trays, and more. SEE THEM HERE!

Oranges, thyme, and water in an ice tray on an orange table.

What Drinks Can I Use Orange Thyme Ice Cubes In?

  • Water
  • Sparkling water
  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade
  • Mocktails + cocktails
  • Juices
  • Honestly, you can add these ice cubes to any of your fave drinks.

What Ice Cube Trays Work Best?

Honestly, I'm a big believer in using whichever type of ice cube tray molds you'd prefer. I used regular ice cube molds however, you can use various sizes depending on your preference.

Personally, Amazon has some amazing options and you can also purchase ice cube molds from large retailers such as Target, Walmart, etc. Of course, depending on the size and shape, you'll get a different amount of ice cubes per batch, so keep that in mind!

Ice tray being held on an orange table with ingredients.

How to Make Clear Ice Cubes without a Clear Ice Cube Mold

One of the greatest phenomenons when it comes to ice cubes has been seeing super clear ice cubes from those clear ice cube systems or molds and wanting to try it, but not necessarily wanting to have a huge contraption in my freezer. Haha. Anyone else feel my pain? Whelp, no need to worry----I've done my research and tested it out a bit and have found some solutions to help those of us who don't have any fancy system to making clear ice cubes. Here are a few ways:

Tip #1: It's best to use water that is distilled or super filtered to avoid gasses and dissolved oxygen, which are the two things that cause our ice to "fog up" when frozen.

Tip #2: Boil your water and freeze your water hot. Again, much to my previous point, this removes any dissolved oxygen or gasses. Just be sure to carefully pour the hot water into your ice cube tray or mold-----preferably one made from materials that naturally insulates like silicone. Also, ensure that your tray lays FLAT while freezing.

Tip #3: Slow freeze your ice cubes. This should be done for about 24 hours, which allows any impurities to be forced out of the ice---resulting in much clearer ice.

Ice cubes in a metal tray with thyme sprigs.

Additional Ingredient Ideas

To add a boost to make these ice cubes more powerful, you can add lemon juice, raw honey, or apple cider vinegar to the mix (1 teaspoon of either)!

More Ice Cube Flavor Combination Ideas

  • Sprigs of fresh rosemary instead of thyme
  • Slices of cucumber
  • Fresh ginger slices for a spicy kick
  • A splash of cranberry juice for a pink pop!
  • Mint leaves
  • Pomegranate seeds for a burst of color
  • Blueberries or raspberries
  • Basil leaves for an herbal twist
  • Swap water for coconut water

Orange Thyme Ice Cubes Recipe Q + A's

How long do fruit ice cubes last in the freezer?

Orange Thyme Ice Cubes can last for several weeks when stored in an airtight container in the freezer. However, for the best flavor, it's recommended to use them within a week or two.

Can I use dried thyme instead of fresh?

While fresh thyme provides the best flavor, you can certainly use dried thyme if that's what you have on hand. Just use a smaller amount, as dried herbs are more potent than fresh.

Can I use fruit ice cubes in hot beverages?

While Orange Thyme Ice Cubes are typically used in cold drinks to add flavor and keep them cool, you can experiment with adding them to hot beverages like tea or apple cider for a hint of citrus + herbs.

Up close ice cubes in a tray.

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Orange Thyme Ice Cubes

May 12, 2024
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Spice up your sips with a fun twist! Meet our Orange Thyme Ice Cubes—a burst of citrusy freshness and herby goodness. Whether it's water, lemonade, or a cocktail, these cubes are here to add a zing to your drinks. Vegan + Gluten-free.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 12 large cubes

Ingredients

ICE CUBES:

  • 1 ½ cups filtered water
  • 1 large orange, freshly-squeezed
  • 1 cup diced oranges
  • handful of fresh thyme sprigs, roughly chopped

Instructions

TO MAKE THE ICE CUBES:

  • In a bowl, mix together the water and orange juice until combined.
  • In your favorite ice tray----add the diced oranges and chopped thyme sprigs into each cavity and carefully cover them with the orange-water mixture, filling them until all completely full. Repeat until all ice cube cavities are filled.

FREEZE THE CUBES:

  • Add the tray(s) to the freezer and freeze for 3-4 hours (or overnight) until ice is formed.
  • Add these ice cubes to your favorite drink, mocktail/cocktail, or my Orange Marmalade Ginger Mocktail, etc.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

ADDITIONAL BOOST: To add a boost to make these ice cubes more powerful, you can add lemon juice, raw honey, or apple cider vinegar to the mix (1 teaspoon of either)!

Nutrition

Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.004g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.01mg

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