Culinary Ginger : Patriotic ice cubes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Patriotic ice cubes

Patriotic ice cubes

4th of July is just around the corner. Celebrate the day with these patriotic ice cubes that will cool any drink from water to your favorite cocktail. 

I came across these very cool round ice cube molds on ebay and thought it would be a fun idea to make a patriotic layered, colored ice cube. 

Patriotic ice cubes

I knew that the blue would be the biggest challenge. Even though there's blue Gatorade and energy drinks, but as you know I don't use anything processed in my recipes. So, the only thing I could do is to use natural blue food coloring. As the main liquid ingredient, I used coconut water because it freezes clearer than regular water. So here are the layers: 
red = strawberry juice
white = coconut water
blue = blue dyed coconut water
For the strawberry juice, I just pureed defrosted frozen strawberries in a blender with a little coconut water until it became nice and thin.

To achieve the layered effect, I filled the mold 1/3 way with the blue coconut water and put in the freezer for 4 hours. Once frozen, I poured in cold coconut water (so it wouldn't start melting the blue) 2/3 full and put it back in the freezer for 4 hours, then filled the last 1/3 of the mold with the strawberry juice. Pretty fun, don't you think?

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  • Coconut water
  • Strawberry juice
  • Natural blue food coloring
  1. Add coconut water to a jug with a spout and add 2 dashes of blue food coloring, mix.
  2. Pour the blue coconut water into an ice cube mold of your choice, 1/3 full.
  3. Freeze for 4 hours.
  4. When the blue water is frozen. pour cold clear coconut water into the ice cube mold, 2/3 full and freeze for 4 hours.
  5. When the clear coconut water is frozen, top off the final 1/3 of the ice cube mold with the strawberry juice, freeze for 4 hours.

Patriotic ice cubes


  1. Adorable and functional! My kind of recipe. Thanks Janette!

  2. What a cute idea. Pinned it :)

  3. What fun!! Great for kid and adult beverages; love this fun idea!

  4. This is a wonderful idea - and I love that you use natural coloring. I didn't know that coconut milk froze clearer...good to know! Now I just have to go dig up some round ice cube trays.

  5. This are so pretty!!! I have drink recipes coming up this week and I will link to this post. Why use boring old cubes, when you can use these gorgeous ice cubes!!!

  6. Very cool idea! I have an ice ball mold and will have to try these!