Dare I call this a "project?" No, I will not. It's stupidly simple. But it's one of those stupidly simple things that you just don't do all that often, and when you do, it elevates something as simple as a glass of water to a more enticing spa-like treat, and you think to yourself, "now why don't I do things like this more often?" Especially these days, as Marisa suffers through the sleep deprivation of the early weeks of motherhood, and as I struggle to keep up with an increasingly-fast and busy toddler, spa-like touches in life can be few and far between. You've got to add luxury to your days in what little easy ways you can - and it doesn't get much easier than making ice.
In addition to upgrading your glass of water, these would also make a nice touch mounded in a bowl on a bar for company. They look fresh and clean and springy - and they really do add a subtle cucumber scent and flavor, especially as the ice melts. I'd love to try them in a Gin and Tonic. I have yet to mix up a springy cocktail use for them, but mine were delicious in a glass of Sprite (it would've sounded classier if I said lemon-lime spritzer, but let's be honest).
English cucumbers, which I used here, are longer and thinner than the typical cucumber, so the slices fit easily into the ice cube compartments. I've been able to find them in the produce section of my local grocery store, usually plastic wrapped, for some reason. But you could use a common cuke and halve or quarter your slices (I halved some of these anyway, just for variety) to make them fit. Simply drop the cucumber slices into the ice cube tray, fill with water, and freeze as normal. As fast as water freezes, you've got yourself a fancy little cocktail accessory.
(all photos, jamie grill photography)