Browsing the ever inspiring Pinterest, I recently stumbled upon vanilla ice and I really liked it. So I decided to try and make my own. The only difference being in the fact that I don’t own the classic ice cube tray, but make ice cubes in disposable ice cube bags instead. Heart-shaped ice cube bags. So I made my own almond vanilla hearts and the outcome was actually pretty cute. I really love vanilla – I love everything about vanilla – and these nice and fun ice cubes are the perfect way to make a boring black tea much more interesting.
To make these ice treats you will need to use vegetable milk. The original recipe (I strongly recommend a visit as it’s a really nice post to read) calls for either almond or coconut milk. I went for almond, as I thought I was going to love the combination together with vanilla in my tea. I wasn’t wrong: black tea tastes divine with that nutty hint of almond and the sweetness of vanilla.
I didn’t want to change the proportions, so I followed the quantities found in the original recipe. That yields a bit too much, if you want to prepare only one plastic bag of ice cubes. But you can still make more, or just pour the leftovers straight into your black tea – in the end, it tastes the same!
Here is what I used:
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp crushed vanilla bean
Combine all ingredients in a pot, bring to a simmer and cook on low heat for approximately 10 minutes. Let cool completely before transferring into heart-shaped ice cube bag. Freeze overnight.
Plunged in hot tea, it will not take long for the almond vanilla ice heart to dissolve completely. In these photos I used cold tea, hoping that the heart would last a little longer, but even in cold tea it started to melt pretty soon (a melting heart!!!!!). Not stirred, it will sediment on the bottom of the cup. To my taste, it is best enjoyed in hot tea, well stirred. I used old classic English breakfast tea, and with just one such ice cube per mug, it already picked up some sweetness and a wonderful flavour. Since I am a heavy tea drinker, and I just love black tea with milk, I think I will definitely make this again.