When August turns into summer’s
oven, your best friend in the kitchen
is the refrigerator freezer. There are
plenty of simple ways to provide
you and your family with iced
treats. This week, the staff of iDEAL
Shanghai has gathered a few easy
recipes to help you beat the heat.
Coffee & Ice
For caffeine junkies, iced coffee is a
daily fix in the summer. You may have
tried making it at home to save money
but given up because of all the prepa-
But there is an easy way around that
— coffee ice cubes.
Simply brew a few pots of your favorite coffee roast, then let the coffee cool
to room temperature. If you like sugar
in your coffee, add to taste when the
coffee is still warm. Fill ice cube trays
with the cooled liquid and pop them
into the freeze compartment until they
are solid. Then remove the cubes to a
Ziploc bags for storage.
Every morning, put a handful of the
coffee ice cubes into a glass and just
add milk. Stir and enjoy.
Here’s a twist. While you have fresh
coffee at hand, make a few coffee pop-
sicles to serve after a summer meal.
Iced coffee popsicles (makes six)
340 ml strong cold coffee 160 ml whole milk, or heavy cream if you prefer
Sugar to taste
1. Pour the already sweetened milk or cream
into plastic popsicle molds to one-third full.
2. Put the lid on the mold and freeze until the
milk or cream is solid.
3. Add sugar to the coffee until it’s dissolved,
then pour the coffee into each mold and fill to
the top. Put back in freeze again until solid.
4. To remove popsicles from the mold, rinse
under water and they should slide out easily.
5. You can also mix the coffee, cream and
sugar to make latte popsicles.
Mint is a refreshing herb for summer. And it’s easy to grow in a pot on
With a special aroma and health
benefits, mint can be used in various
dishes and beverages, or as a bright
Here is a mint milk popsicle recipe
that’s a good alternative to chocolate milk. You can also make mojito
popsicles using rum, fresh mint and
lime juice. Just shake the cocktail
using your favorite recipe and pour the
liquid into popsicle molds.
Mint milk popsicles (makes six)
3 sprigs of fresh mint
500ml milk Sugar to taste 2 tsp Monin menthe verte
1. Remove the mint leaves from the stem and thoroughly rinse in water.
2. In a saucepan, pour the milk into the mint leaves and bring to boil.
3. Stirring constantly, add sugar and simmer for 1 minute on low heat,
pressing the leaves gently to release more of their essence.
4. Remove the pan from the heat, drain the mixture and discard the leaves.
5. Cool completely and add some Monin menthe verte for brighter color
and a cooler mint flavor.
6. Pour the mint milk into popsicle molds and freeze until solid.
Frozen fruit treats
Some fruits can be frozen directly,
becoming easy and healthy ice treats.
Peel some ripe bananas, cut in half and skewer on sticks. Wrap in foil and
put in the freezer for two hours.
The result? A cool, too-sweet treat
that tastes like a cream popsicle.
To make a fancy version of frozen
banana, melt some chocolate and dip
the chilled bananas in it, then freeze
again for a crunchy chocolate coat.
Frozen grapes are also delicious with
their crunchy skins and a sorbet-like
Peach yogurt popsicles (makes six)
2 ripe peaches
150 ml yogurt
1. Peel the peaches and remove the pits.
2. Puree one peach in a blender and dice
the other peach into small pieces.
3. Mix the peach puree, diced peach and
yogurt well, and fill the molds.
4. Freeze overnight and serve.
The foil trick
When making popsicles for a
group or as gift, you may want to
use wooden sticks instead of the
plastic ones that come with the
mold. The trick to fixing the sticks
in the middle of the popsicle is to cover the mold tightly with foil,
then poke the sticks through.
Whoever thought plain ice
cubes could be fun and decorative, with a minimum of effort?
Layer some fresh mint leaves
with lemon, kiwifruit, mandarin or any fruit you want in an ice cube tray with larger
and deeper slots. Arrange the
ingredients in different combinations, then fill the trays with
water and freeze overnight.
These ice cubes are lightly flavored and perfect for serving in beverages, especially at
Fresh edible flowers can also
be frozen into ice cubes, but
they are for decorative purposes only. They do provide a
dreamy, romantic touch when
used as ice in a champagne
Cut a seedless watermelon
into cubes and freeze until hard. The cubes can be popped
into glasses of water or soda to
provide a fresh melon flavor.
Other fruits like pomegranates, strawberries, raspberries
and blueberries can also go
into ice cube trays and then
Since using plain ice cubes
can dilute a drink, you may
want to freeze drink juices as
well into ice cubes.