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Genius Watermelon Cubes Chill Drinks Without Diluting

Watermelon is one step ahead: just cut and freeze. The cubes tumble out pretty, tasty and incapable of diluting a drink. Genius,
watermelon cubes
E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune

The beauty of watermelon cubes is that they chill your drink without diluting it. Here they give color to a refreshing homemade limeade.

Ice is genius. The cube is genius. The ice cube is genius times two to the third. No doubt a large number. And yet, the ice enthusiast maintains aspirations.

Like transparency. Many a cocktail engineer employs distilled water, double-boiled water, double-boiled distilled water or an enormous machine that squeezes out the air bubbles, yielding perfectly clear ice. He carves the crystal into big, bold blocks that make drinks colder — and cooler.

On the flip side, many an ice aficionada fills her trays with berries, flowers and herbs — frozen fossils that dress up chill concoctions.

Both approaches suffer from the same design flaw. Ice is crafted from water, and water tends toward watery. In a tumbler of scotch, a bit of melt is the goal. In everything else, it's a nuisance. Which explains the current craze for redundancy: Coffee cubes for iced coffee, chai cubes for iced tea, cookies-and-milk cubes for no good reason at all.

Watermelon is one step ahead: just cut and freeze. The cubes tumble out pretty, tasty and incapable of diluting a drink. Genius, minus the fuss.

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