Classy Cubes – Ice to lift the spirits

 

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About 5 years ago I lifted a tiny root of blue borage from my Mum’s garden. Now we have it growing everywhere! It is a fantastic plant and the bees love it.

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The most common use these days is in summer drinks, like Pimm’s, home made lemonade or a gin and tonic. Borage has a cucumber like taste and you can use both the young leaves and the flowers. As with all herbs there are many medicinal claims, but my favourite is that Borage is reputed to dispel melancholy. So if you can find the time to make these lovely ice cubes then you can really lift both your spirits and the one you are drinking. Cheers!

 

I usually just stick a flower in each ice cube segment and add water. The flower floats on the water so you don’t end up with it in the centre of the cube. To get the flower in the middle of the ice you need to make half ice cubes first, then remove them from the tray. Put the flowers in then add the half cube on top. When you now refill with water the ice will hold the flower down into the cube. To be honest this is too much faff for me but I have done it both ways to show you the results. They look great in the glass either way.

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As I am on the subject of ice for drinks, have you tried freezing lemon and lime wedges? I always do this when I can get the fruit cheap and thought everyone else did too….just remember to open freeze the wedges on a tray before bagging them. This stops them sticking together.

There is absolutely no excuse for buying bags of ice. This is pure idleness and unless you are catering for a large party just don’t do it. How tricky is it to fill a tray with water?

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