Your drink could use a little freshening up ... starting with the ice cubes. And infusing them with fresh fruit and herbs is the perfect way to say so long to winter, and toast the new season. We'll show you how. It's super easy. Then we'll help you take it to the next level with a recipe for a Strawberry Vodka Smash.

Muddled Strawberry & Thyme Ice Cubes

First step: make the ice cubes. Our recipe makes it easy.

Muddled Strawberry & Thyme Ice Cubes

Ingredients:
Large silicon ice cube tray
18 medium-sized fresh strawberries
6 sprigs of fresh thyme
Mortar and pestle
Water

Directions:
Muddle strawberries with mortar and pestle. Distribute evenly so each section of the ice cube tray is filled 2/3 with muddled berries. Each cube requires 2-3 berries. Fill the rest of the way with water and then top with a sprig of fresh thyme. Freeze 4-5 hours.

Muddled Strawberry and Thyme Ice Cubes

When you slide the ice cubes out of the tray, they’ll have a slight ombre look where you topped them off with water. Of course, you can tell everyone you did that on purpose, with your top-secret ombre ice cube technique.

Muddled Strawberry and Thyme Ice Cubes

You’ll notice the spring of thyme that you placed on top of the ice cube freezes beautifully, like a lovely garnish. It adds a stylish pop of contrast color and greenery to any cocktail.

Muddled Strawberry and Thyme Ice Cubes

When you add the cubes to your drink, they’ll infuse it with fresh strawberry and thyme as they melt. Make an agua fresca by adding them to regular water with a splash of sweetener. Add several to a pitcher of lemonade to keep it cold and infuse it with strawberry flavor.  Or, if you’re looking for something with a little more kick, check out our Strawberry Vodka Smash recipe below.

Muddled Strawberry and Thyme Ice Cubes

Strawberry Vodka Smash

Ingredients:
1 muddled strawberry ice cube (recipe above)
1 oz. vodka
4 oz. lemonade

Directions:
Place one muddled strawberry ice cube into a rocks glass. Pour 1 oz. vodka over the ice, top off with fresh lemonade. Enjoy!

Muddled Strawberry and Thyme Ice Cubes

The more the cubes melt, the more fresh strawberry flavor you’ll taste. It’s the perfect refreshment for a warm sunny day.

Muddled Strawberry and Thyme Ice Cubes

More Fresh Ideas

Get inventive, and substitute your favorite fruit and herb pairings in our ice cube recipe to create more fresh flavors. Cucumber works well too. Here are a few of our favorite combinations:

Lemon + sage

Basil + cucumber

Raspberry + mint

Lavender + blackberries

Mango + parsley

Do you have any fabulously fruity ice cube recipes? Give us all the details in the comments section.