Edible flowers can be used to make elegant flower ice cubes that will gloriously decorate a cool drink. Use these delightful ice cubes for special occasions such as birthdays, bridal showers, and dinner parties. Here’s how to add beauty to your beverage:
Floral Ice Cubes: Items Needed
- Ice cube trays: larger trays are preferred that makes bigger ice cubes to display your frozen flowers; it is also better to use silicone trays that allow the ice cubes to easily pop out once frozen
- Select edible flowers organically grown such as pansies, roses, daisies, sunflowers, and marigolds (Here is a link to a list of edible flowers)
- Distilled water (which will make a clearer ice cube than if just tap water is used)
Floral Ice Cubes: Instructions
Step 1: Boil the distilled water and then allow to cool. Boiling will remove impurities to make the ice cubes more clear.
Step 2: Harvest fresh beautiful flowers, gently rinse, and trim to fit nicely in your ice cube trays. Make sure the flowers you have selected are edible and have not been sprayed with pesticides or chemicals!
Step 3: Fill an ice cube tray 1/3 of the way full of water. Float the flowers face down on top of the water, with some of the flower in the water and some of the flower atop the water. Gently place in the freezer.
Step 3: Once frozen, fill the ice cube tray 2/3 of the way up with water and refreeze.
Step 4: Fill the ice cube tray the rest of the way up with water and freeze one more time.
These ice cubes are best used within a few days but will last up to two weeks.
Hint: Herbal ice cubes can also be made, using freshly harvested herbs from the garden such as mint, rosemary, or lemon balm. Or, freeze beautiful berries or just the precious petals of flowers. Be creative and enjoy your frozen art pieces!
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, NAHA Member, AIA Member, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT