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Janet McCormick: Ice cubes add spice to drinks

December 30, 2018

For a lot of you, the next couple of days are probably your last days in the office for 2018. I hope everyone is feeling the excitement I am.

There are still a few things to finish up over the next couple of days, but that just goes with the territory of running your own business. It’s somewhat nonstop. But isn’t that true for everyone in some form or another?

This year brought many changes and lessons I won’t soon forget. I am ready for the new year and the new beginning it promises.

But for one last toast that says goodbye to the past and hello to the new adventures, I’ve created spiced ice cube coolers for whatever special drink you and yours have planned in the coming days.

These are brilliant in that they keep beautifully in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out for your holiday drink.

They can be saved for special moments or special people who like to carry that celebration vibe throughout the year.

These have seasonal fruit and accents perfect for one last hurrah you might have up your sleeve before the year comes to an end, but as the year progresses, you can change the fruit and essences to match whatever theme you’re planning. It’s a simple improvement to any festive drink.

It’s a little sparkle and extra love that makes you and your time together unforgettable. I cannot think of a better New Year’s toast to a new beginning. I’m very excited to be making these for my family this year. I’m hoping you all will be too!

• Ice cube mold

• Fresh sprigs of rosemary

• Fresh cranberries

• Orange slices

• Fresh blueberries

• Water

Fill the trays with water or a flavored drink that will freeze. Strategically place each sprig of rosemary, orange slice, cranberries and blueberries. Freeze overnight. Pop out the ice cubes right before you serve your drink. Here’s an easy non-alcoholic drink.

SPICED ICE CUBE Cocktail

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup Sprite (or prosecco)

1 tablespoon raspberry syrup

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

Use the ice cubes for this little cocktail.

Janet McCormick is the owner of Let’s Eat Cafe in downtown Huntington. More of her recipes can be found at http://www.10-minutemeals.com.

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