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For a cool way to class up your summertime beverages, try these fancy ice cube ideas. Aesthetically pleasing and tasty to boot, your happy hour guests are sure to be impressed!

Unicorn Ice Cubes

The neatest drink you’ve never heard of, butterfly pea flower tea changes from its naturally occurring deep blue hue to a pinkish-purple when mixed with anything acidic. As if you’re not already intrigued, this tea is chock full of antioxidants and boasts several health-enhancing benefits.

Create a fun unicorn-colored beverage by brewing the tea, then freezing it in ice cube trays. After that, whip up your favorite margarita recipe, toss in a few butterfly pea flower ice cubes, and behold the color-changing margarita! Make it non-alcoholic – but just as gorgeous – by adding the cubes to lemonade instead.

Strawberry-Basil Ice Cubes

In a blender, combine a cup of water, a cup of strawberries, and a quarter-cup of torn basil leaves. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays, and allow it to freeze. Add cubes to still water or seltzer to cool down on a hot day, or drop a few in your vodka soda (homemade or premade) to liven up your spirits.

Sliced Fruit Ice Cubes

If you plan to make a beverage to serve in bulk from a pitcher or punch bowl, this one’s for you. Bust out a muffin pan, then fill each cup with water and sliced fruit of your choice. Orange slice ice cubes work well in fruit punch. Lime slice ice cubes go great in margaritas. Mixed fruit ice cubes are a great accompaniment to sangria. You get the picture...

If you’d rather leave the bartending, barista-ing, and cooking to the pros, head over to the Olympus Midtown blog to discover some of the hippest spots to drink and eat in Nashville.