How in the world is Valentine’s Day less than a week away?!
I feel like February has been going by so fast that I haven’t even had time to enjoy it! Luckily, Joe and I are heading to Seattle in a couple weeks so that should be a nice little break from my hectic schedule.
While I know many of us struggle with trying to balance everything going on in life, I still think it’s important to find an easy way to treat yourself. That’s why I didn’t hesitate to buy these heart-shaped ice cube trays when I saw them at Crate & Barrel last year.
Fun ice cube trays are a great (and easy!) way to jazz up any drink, and I thought it would be timely to experiment with these for Valentine’s Day. Today’s idea is incredibly simple, but the nice thing about these ice molds is you can make so many different Valentine’s Day cocktails with them.
I’m not going to lie, for such a simple recipe I had to do a good amount of experimenting. I’m no scientist, so I didn’t realize how many liquids don’t freeze well (or at all). I initially thought it would be cute to add some color by making grenadine ice cubes, but that proved to be a major fail! I left them in the freezer for over a day, and unfortunately learned that grenadine does not freeze.
I decided to go back to basics and keep it easy (who doesn’t like easy?). I opted for champagne and raspberry ice cubes for a fun but simple Valentine’s Day drink. Just freeze them in your heart-shaped ice cube molds and drop them into a glass of champagne once they’re done. I used Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee, but you can use any kind you prefer
While the champagne froze much better than my grenadine experiment, it does thaw out fairly quickly. If only everything froze as smoothly as good old H2O! I’d recommend serving these ice cubes with chilled champagne if you want them to keep their heart shape longer. They really do make for a nice accent in your drink, and these would be great for a Galentine’s Day party!
Is anyone else obsessed with coup champagne glasses like I am? These were another Crate & Barrel purchase, and I think they take the cake for my favorite champagne glass. There’s something so chic and glamorous about the saucer shape and skinny stem. I just love them!