Patriotic Punch (and an event!)

July 1, 2014 · 2 comments

July 4 is already within reach and Team USA is on fire. Do you need another reason to make red, white and blue-themed food and drinks? I didn’t think so. I whipped up a batch of this kid-friendly, caffeine free herbal tea punch with festive fruit ice cubes – my hands-down favorite way to chill party drinks.

To make the ice cubes, place fruit, herbs or even edible flowers in muffin tins. Fill the muffin tins with cold water, then lay them on a flat surface in your freezer until solid. To remove the ice cubes, turn the muffin tin on its side in the kitchen sink – not upside down or they’ll all pop out into your drain! – then run cool water along the back until the cubes loosen. Use immediately or store in a zip top bag in the freezer until ready to use. I like to freeze slices of lemon, apple or pear in this way. For summer, I use raspberries, blueberries, cherries (berries and cherries tend to burst when frozen, so don’t be alarmed), mint or basil. Bottoms up.

DC friends, I’d love to see you this weekend at Union Market. I will be at the FRESHFARM Markets farmers’ market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, July 6. I will be making and serving samples of this fantastic chilled summer soup and sharing ideas with shoppers about what to do with all of their gorgeous summer produce. I hope you will stop by to say hello if you’re at the market! Until then, happy 4th and go USA.

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Bridget Ryan July 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Hi Alicia –

I see nothing wrong with your suggestion to remove the ice cubes from the muffin trays, but couldn’t you also put the drain stopper in your sink before popping them out upside down to keep them from going down the drain? Or would the cubes break apart?

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Alicia July 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Hi Bridget, yes you could do that too as long as your sink is clean (i.e. you have not been rinsing out raw chickens in it or otherwise spreading bacteria around in it). And to your point about them breaking, yes, they tend to chip along the edges if you pop them out from up high. Just set the upside down pan low in the sink if you’re going to unmold them there.

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