Flowers have a special place at the dining table, but warm weather can wreak havoc on summery arrangements, causing delicate flowers distress. Instead of trying to revive wilted flowers on a scorching day, make summer blooms a part of your next dinner party by putting them inside your cocktail glass. Add stylish accents to any drink with the help of a few floral ice cubes – both dainty and delicious! Here’s how:
YOU WILL NEED
- Edible flowers
- Distilled or boiled water
- Ice cube tray
Take the time to consider what colours and size flowers you wish to include in each ice cube. So long as they are edible, the actual flower type used depends on your personal style – experiment with colour and form by mixing and matching nasturtiums, pansies, violets, daisies or rose petals.
It’s important to use distilled water to ensure that when the ice cube freezes the flower is still visible, and not concealed by the ice cube’s typically opaque finish. Fill each space in the ice cube tray to a quarter full, then use tweezers to place the flowers face down within each cube. Put the tray in the freezer for the first round of freezing.
The amount of time required for freezing can vary depending on the size of your one cube tray and temperature of your freezer, but we recommend removing the cubes after one hour before filling halfway and freezing again. After another hour of freezing remove the tray again, fill with water to the top and place in freezer for one last time.
The final result is well worth the wait. Pour a simple summer cocktail in your favourite glass, carefully remove the ice cubes and add three to four ice cubes to each drink. Voilà!