This year the Summer Solstice will be on the evening of Tuesday, June 20th here on the Pacific Coast of the Northern Hemisphere. That means the arrival of warmer days for us to stay out late soaking up the sun and enjoying the summer season. The summer solstice actually marks the longest day of the year and many around the world celebrate this day with festivities and rituals to soak in the sun all day long. In Sweden some stay up all night enjoying the sunlight as it sets only for a few hours that day.
In harmony with the rituals that pay homage to the sun on Summer Solstice, I have come up with a sort of sun catcher. The temperatures are rising out here, so refreshing drinks and lots of ice will be a must to enjoy this day in the outdoors until the wee hours. Refreshing ice cubes with fruit in them are perfect. I wanted to bring in a celestial element for the Summer Solstice so I used star shape molds and bits of pineapple with pineapple juice to make the star shaped ice cubes. They appear as though the sun’s rays are piercing through them, thus making them Sun Catcher Stars and therefor the name Sun Catcher Star Ice Cubes.
This is a very simple recipe that goes a long way. You can flavor your water and make some Agua Fresca or add to your cocktail for a bit of pineapple flavor. These wonderful little sun catchers are so yummy that I love just popping them in my mouth on hot summer days. It’s amazingly refreshing and tropical as well, so these are all about the summer. Enjoy your Summer Solstice!
Star Shaped Ice Cube Trays
1 cup pineapple juice
Fresh pineapple cubes cut in small pieces
- Place pineapple cubes into ice cube trays.
- Fill trays with pineapple juice.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Serve with beverages.