12 Flavored Ice Cubes That Make a Splash

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Flavored ice cubes are like jewelry for your drink — eye-catching and loaded with personality. 

They’re also functional: As the cubes melt, they add hits of flavor, turning even a plain glass of water into an aromatic sip. The best part is that these cubes are a cinch to make, often requiring nothing more than “chop, add water, freeze.” Ready to get chilly with it?

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Though this pretty flowering plant has some edible species, play it safe and use only dried hibiscus made for consumption to create these crimson cubes. The flowers should be boiled and steeped as though you’re making tea before pouring the cooled liquid into ice-cube trays.

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If you bought basil to make your favorite pesto and were wondering what to do with the leftovers, this is it: The herb frozen into cubes makes a savory sidekick to sweet lemonade.

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Cubes containing spicy mint leaves add a cool, refreshing taste to iced tea. Or, use them to make your mojito even mintier!

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Think iced coffee is so great it can’t be improved on? Try throwing a few vanilla ice cubes in the cup — mind blown. (Same goes for iced chai.) The sweet, creamy cubes are made with almond milk, sugar, vanilla extract and vanilla bean

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These savory and sweet combos prove there are no limits to in the world of flavored ice cubes. Just head over to your local market and see what looks good in the produce section!

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A lavender-flower ice cube not only makes a colorful addition to water or iced tea, but also brings out the flavor of gin and bourbon. The dried variety should be boiled before turning into cubes. Bonus: Add some chopped basil before freezing for an even bolder taste as the cubes melt.

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When life gives you lemons, make… lemon ice cubes. Follow a basic lemonade recipe: Squeeze a few lemons into a bowl, then add some sugar and water. But instead of pouring the liquid into a pitcher, pour it into ice cube trays. When you add a few of these boldly colored cubes to water or a Tom Collins, it’s like capturing sunshine in a glass.

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This is a quick way to give a glass of milk a makeover. As these dark chocolate cubes melt, they leave their cocoa goodness behind. Though the recipe says adding a tablespoon of instant coffee is optional, don’t skip it: The granules make the chocolate more intense without leaving a coffee taste.

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These ripe, red strawberries frozen in extra-large cubes are so gorgeous, they could be art — only they’re too delicious not to eat! Try them in water, lemonade or sparkling wine.

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Add an unexpected kick to apple cider with these sweet cubes, made with real apples. A splash of vodka turns your drink into a festive cocktail.

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These inventive cubes were made with seven colored liquids, including Gatorade, for a gin and tonic (chilled to prevent the ice from melting too quickly). If you swap in another beverage, make sure it’s colorless. When dropping in the cubes, follow the order of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet — for maximum wow factor.

—Nancy Mattia

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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These are such a good idea and they look so pretty.

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Such neat and colorful ideas.