Make Lemon Cubes

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Preserve lemon slices in ice for a deliciously cool addition to water.

It’s a commonly known fact that drinking water instead of other beverages is less expensive and healthier than many other options. Water is essential to life. And too few of us are as hydrated as we could be.

One thing to make water a little more exciting is to add a slice of lemon. Not only does it brighten up the glass, but it also gives a refreshing sparkle to the taste.

If you live in a temperate climate, it can be quite easy to grow a lemon in the backyard. My parents’ tree is pushing forty years old and is still producing hundreds of lemons each spring and fall. Love it!

In the past, I have juiced the lemons right away and stored the juice in the freezer. This year thanks to a tip from a friend, I zested the fruit first and then juiced them. I have a nice little stash of lemon zest in my freezer to add to recipes for the coming months.

However, a new tip I learned from my farmer was to make lemon ice cubes. I suppose they aren’t really cubes, they are lemon cylinders, but go with me on this.

While you might not have a plethora of lemons growing in your backyard, it may be that you come by some on sale, or find yourself with half a lemon that you don’t want to waste. Or you or a friend, neighbor or relative have a plethora of lemons growing in your backyard. Any which way, put it on ice!

Slice the lemons and put one slice into each compartment of a muffin tray. Fill the cups with water and freeze. Once they are frozen you can pop them out. Run a little warm water on the bottoms to loosen the “cubes” if you need to and pop them out of the tray. Store the frozen slices in a freezer bag.

Whenever you want a glass of water with lemon, just add a lemon cube to your glass or pitcher. As the ice melts, the lemon will flavor your water. Easy peasy.

Do YOU have a trick to make water more exciting?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Lisa says

    Love it! We seem to buy, and waste oranges frequently…this would work great with those too!

    • Jessica says

      Yes! That is a great idea.

  2. Cheri A says

    OMGosh! Brilliant!! We have been enjoying a little slice of lemon in our water lately too. I am going to stock up on lemons next time they are on sale and make a few of these!

  3. Wendy Riley says

    I add a Celestial Seasonings “Zinger” tea bag to my bottle of water. It steeps at room temp. After a few minutes, it adds a nice bit of flavor. Even though I don’t usually like fruit teas, once in a while it’s a nice change with my water and milder flavor.

  4. That’s a nice idea. My mother likes lemon in her water. I don’t honestly care for it, but this is cute idea!

  5. Jan says

    I actually have this bookmarked to try from Pinterest! Definitely sounds like a great idea for the upcoming summer months!

  6. Rachel says

    I just freeze lemon slices on a cookie sheet… once they’re frozen, they pop right off and I put them in a freezer bag or container. They don’t stick together if they’re pre-frozen and I can easily toss a slice into my glass or pitcher of water. Super simple, and takes up much less room in the freezer than these lemon ice cubes would.

  7. Michele says

    I always enjoy reading your clever ideas. I recently bought a bag of beautiful lemons at Walmart for only $2.50. I couldn’t pass up such a good deal and now I know what I’m going to do with some of those lemons.

  8. Katie says

    I love this idea! I’ve love lemon in my water for tea, but lately I’ve been putting sliced tangerine and fresh mint in my ice water or iced green tea and it is WONDERFUL! I’m going to have to try freezing my tangerine/lemon slices into iced cubes.

  9. Harriet says

    Why didn’t I think of that? Great idea! I plan to do this over the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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