I discovered the beauty of floral ice cubes in the latest Hooray magazine, when they provided a beautiful spread featuring an End of Year Mixology party that was hyper in colour and design.
All you need is water, an ice cube tray and edible flowers that haven’t been treated with any non-consumable chemicals. Hooray suggested using Orchids, Nasturtiums, Pansies and Snapdragons but just make sure you check thoroughly before creating your own flower ice cubes – some flowers may be poisonous! I used dried all-natural rose petals for my own ice cubes, so you can even purchase these online if you are looking for the dried version.
Cut and dry the flowers (or leave them as natural as possible) and mix it into some ice cold water in an ice cube tray. You can add some food colouring if you want to make the ice cubes really pop but the flowers themselves will also create a beautiful hue within the ice (depending on the flower you use). Some flowers will rise to the top of the ice, so you may need to freeze them in place using a layer technique by following the same steps over and over again to create layered ice.
Put the ice tray in the freezer and once frozen pop out and put into an ornate serving bowl when ready to mix your cocktails. Adorable! And they will go really well with fruity, floral drinks to celebrate the end of the year and to say goodbye to the summer season. Let me know if you try this for yourself and how you went by leaving comments in the section below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. What did you end up using for your own ice cubes?
Until the next summer soiree!