Entertaining: Ice Cubes

Entertaining: Ice Cubes

Laure Joliet
Dec 18, 2007

We had a nasty surprise when we tried to serve Pastis to our guests and realized that the ice we had in the freezer was about 6 months old...and really stale. Somehow it had taken on all kinds of weird smells from...frozen food?

It was then that we realized how important it is to have fresh ice when entertaining. So if people are coming over this weekend, now is the time to assess your ice situation.

If you can't remember when you made it, or if your freezer makes it automatically and you don't normally use it all, then your best bet is to dump it all (it can be fed to your plants a little at a time so it doesn't freeze them) and start fresh. To try something fancier, try coordinating your ice with your drinks. If you're serving Mojitos, freeze a leaf of mint in each ice cube. To spruce up regular water try freezing cranberries or slices of lime in each cube.

For more drink recipes, try Blueprint's berry cocktail, Domino's House Cocktails and Real Simple's drink archive for ideas.

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