Make Floral Ice Cubes

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This is one of the simplest ways to dress up a delicious drink, whether you are sharing cocktails with friends or wanting to add a little color and fun to a punch at a party. Not only do these ice cubes add a pop of color, but some of them will even subtly change the taste of a drink. Pick edible owers from your own yard or garden or buy them at gourmet stores or from florists.

Most refrigerators and freezers have a temperature setting. Reduce your freezer temperature to help the ice cubes freeze more slowly, preventing the cubes from getting foggy.

 

MATERIALS AND TOOLS

1 gallon distilled water

Regular or large ice tray (the bigger the cubes, the slower the ice will melt, which is best!)

Edible flowers

 

STEPS

  1. Boil the distilled water and then allow it to cool completely. It’s very important to use distilled water that has also been boiled and then cooled so that the ice cubes are clear and not foggy.
  2. Fill each tray cube one-third to halfway with the distilled water.
  3. Add the owers on top of water, then freeze.
  4. Put the rest of your distilled water in the refrigerator to keep it cold (and prevent it from melting your previous layer of ice when applying it in the next step).
  5. Once the first layer is frozen, fill each tray cube with cold distilled water and freeze again.
  6. Add the cubes to a clear cocktail, water, or soda to draw all the attention to the colorful, tasty ice cubes!

 

CHOOSING SAFE EDIBLE FLOWERS

Use only edible flowers. I love pansies since they come in lots of natural colors; laven- der, which is yummy in lemonade; and rose teas that come simply as buds. Just make sure that whichever edible flower you choose has not been treated with chemicals: use flowers from your own garden or buy flowers that are labeled “organic” or “edible flowers.” Keep it simple by choosing just a couple of flowers. Too many petals floating in a drink could get bothersome; the key is to make it pretty and subtle.

Edible flower options: pansies, lavender, rose petals, carnations, violets, chamomile flowers, citrus petals, English daisy, hibiscus, lilac, mint flowers, rosemary flowers, sage flowers, or sunflower petals.

 

Photo by Marissa Maharaj

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