As summer starts to draw to a close I’m rounding up my photos from the holidays and sharing the last of my summery recipes and ideas for the year. I’m hoping for a lovely warm September, I’m in no hurry for autumn, but if the standard British rain kicks in then there are always happy dreams of next summer to fall back on!
Today’s post is so simple I can barely call it a recipe, but it was one of the hits of the summer in our house! These pretty watermelon ice cubes are a fun way to cool down summer drinks and I’ve found them a great way to encourage my boys to stay hydrated this summer – they love a fun drink! Best of all they can eat the ice cubes when they’ve finished their drink – the perfect afternoon snack for a warm summers day!
Watermelon Ice Cubes
- 1/2 seedless watermelon
- sugar free lemonade*
Cut the watermelon into neat bite-sized cubes. I found that the easiest way to do this was to cut the melon into thick rounds, then cut each round slice up in a grid pattern.
My boys enjoyed eating all the odds and ends as we went along, but you could also pop any trimmings into a bag (minus the outer skin!) and freeze for use in smoothies at a later date.
Line a baking tray with grease-proof or baking paper (check that the tray fits into your freezer first!) then lay out the watermelon cubes, taking care to ensure that they aren’t touching each other.
Freeze for a couple of hours or overnight.
Once frozen, peel the paper away and pop the frozen melon cubes in a freezer bag to store in the freezer until ready to use.
When ready to serve, fill a glass with melon ice cubes and pour over sugar free lemonade to serve.
NOTES: We served our watermlon cubes with sugar free lemonade for a special summer treat, but you could add them to any drink – plain water, fizzy water or coconut water all work nicely with the watermelon.
Do you have any clever tips for keeping kids hydrated? Comment below, I’d love to hear them!