Those that know me well know that, when it comes to crafts, I am utterly useless.

It’s not through lack of effort. I long to be one of those women who makes her own Christmas cards, stitches her own curtains and can rustle up darling little homemade gifts. Alas, in reality, I’m the type of woman who finds herself on her arse, in a puddle, in the early hours of New Year’s Day with a potential broken foot. But that’s a story for another day.

So, when I joined the Women’s Institute last year, I was immediately flummoxed with the brief to bring something homemade that represented Valentine’s Day for a “fun” competition.


Determined to make an effort, rather than the inevitable poking myself with a needle and bleeding over some embarrassingly unimpressive stichwork, I made these little beauties. Perfect for use in a cocktail.

I didn’t win the WI competition (someone crafty scooped that honour), and I didn’t go back. But I have continued to make these.


  • 1 cup of caster sugar (white)
  • 1 tablespoon of Angostura bitters


  1. Mix the sugar and bitters in a bowl and stir until the liquid is evenly distributed.
  2. Press the mix into a mold (I use a heart shaped one), squishing it down as much as possible.
  3. Microwave at 50% power for about 30 seconds. Test to see if it has set, and if not, repeat. This can take a few goes, but it will set eventually. Alternatively, you can let the sugar sit in the mold overnight to harden.
  4. Once set, simply pop the cubes out of the mold and into a drink as needed.