Make Lemon Ice Cubes

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Preserve lemon slices in ice for a deliciously cool addition to water. Lemon ice cubes are a great thing to keep on hand.

jar of water with lemon ice cubes

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.

Making lemon ice cubes make it all the easier!

lemon ice cubes in bag

Lemon Ice Cubes

If you live in a temperate climate, it can be quite easy to grow a lemon tree in the backyard. If not, it may be that you come by some on sale, or find yourself with half a lemon that you don’t want to waste.

Any which way life hands you lemons, put it on ice!

Can you freeze lemons?

While you can’t freeze whole lemons, you can freeze lemon juice and zest

You can also make lemon ice cubes!

I suppose they aren’t really cubes, they are lemon pucks, but go with me on this.

step by step photos of making ice cubes

How do you freeze lemons in ice cube trays?

  1. Slice the lemons and put one round slice into each compartment of a muffin tray. USA muffin pans work well for this since they are coated with silicone. (You can also use regular ice cube trays as well. If you do, you’ll need to cut the lemon slices into fourths.)
  2. Fill the cups with water and freeze.
  3. Once they are frozen, pop the ice pucks out of the tray. Run a little warm water on the bottoms to loosen the “cubes” if they’re stubborn.
  4. Store the frozen slices in a freezer bag in the freezer.

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.

You can do this with other citrus fruit as well: oranges, limes, grapefruits, and mandarins! Your spa water will be next level this summer.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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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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