These cranberry ice cubes are so easy to make, they’re perfect for holiday parties. They add a festive touch of colour to your next event!
Make your holiday drinks festive with these cranberry ice cubes!
These are easy to put together and they look great in a glass. The best part is that you can make them ahead of time so there’s no last minute prep work when guests arrive.
You can even use them in non-alcoholic beverages for the kids or anyone who doesn’t drink alcohol during the holidays! Making cranberry ice cubes is a simple way to add festive flair to your holiday drinks.
These festive cranberry ice cubes are a fun and easy way to add some colour and flavor to your favourite drinks this season. Whether you’re throwing a holiday party, having friends over for the game, or just looking for something special to sip on at home with dinner, it’s an easy way to spice up any occasion!
Why You Will Love this Festive Holiday Drink Idea!
- So easy to make
- Adds vibrant and gorgeous colour to any drink
- Makes non-alcoholic drinks instantly fun!
- Lightly flavours your drinks
- Versatile recipe, easy to modify
What Type of Ice Cube Tray is Best?
You can use nearly any ice cube tray to make cranberry ice cubes. You may prefer silicone trays because they are easier to remove the cranberry cubes from once frozen, but this recipe also works great in other types of trays.
I used cheap standard ice cube trays here and they were just fine.
If you do end up using larger than standard ice cube trays then I would recommend only half filling with water, freezing, then adding another layer of cranberries and fill with water and freeze again. Otherwise you may end up with a layer of floating cranberries. (Something I didn’t find to be an issue using standard trays.)
Alternatives to Water for Making Ice Cubes
You can also pair cranberry with nearly any liquid to make cranberry ice cubes. This is a great way to use a liquid from the drink you will be serving them in, so when they melt they do not dilute the flavour.
Keep in mind that alcohol does not freeze solid, so cranberry vodka cubes will not be as firm as apple cider ice cubes or cranberry juice ice cubes.
What Else Can I Put in Holiday Ice Cubes?
I pair rosemary with the cranberry in this recipe but there are a variety of other fresh herbs and other ingredients that play well with the cranberry ice cubes. Try some of these ideas instead:
- Mint Leaves
- Citrus peels
- Thyme sprigs
- Small lime wedges
- Pomegranate seeds
- Lemon verbena leaves
You should make your selection based on the drink you are planning to serve them with.
How to Serve Cranberry Ice Cubes
Cranberry ice cubes instantly add colour and flavour to any drink they are added to. The cranberries and herbs will lightly flavour any drink they are added to with a nice tartness.
Try using them in any cold beverage you serve over the holidays. They work great in:
- Sparkling water
- Cranberry juice
- Orange juice
- White wine
- Gin and tonic
- Cold apple cider
This cranberry ice cube recipe works well in gourmet cocktails such as:
- Sea Breeze
- Apple Martini
- Cider Cocktail
About the Ingredients for Cranberry Ice Cubes
Cranberries – You can use whole fresh cranberries or frozen (not thawed) cranberries. I used Frozen for the cubes pictured and you can see they hold up just as well as fresh would.
Rosemary – See alternatives discussed above. Fresh herbs only, not dried.
Water – See alternatives discussed above. You can also use boiled, and cooled filtered water for less cloudy cubes.
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How to Make Cranberry Ice Cubes
Yields: 16 Ice Cubes | Prep time: 5 Mins | Freezing time: 2 hours
- Whole Cranberries
- Fresh Rosemary
Place 3-5 cranberries and a small sprig of rosemary into each cavity of an ice cube tray.
Add water to trays, filling to the top. Freeze until solid. Pop out cubes and serve in juice, water or other festive drinks.
These cranberry ice cubes are so easy to make, they're perfect for holiday parties. They add a festive touch of colour to your next event!
- Whole Cranberries
- Fresh Rosemary
- Place 3-5 cranberries and a small sprig of rosemary into each cavity of an ice cube tray.
- Add water to trays, filling to the top. Freeze until solid. Pop out cubes and serve in juice, water or other festive drinks.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
This information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although frugalmomeh.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!