DIY Ice Cube Flowers – Making Flower Petal Ice Cubes
By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Whether you’re planning a festive summer party or just looking to get creative on cocktail night, floral ice cubes are sure to impress your guests. Putting flowers in ice is not only easy but is a lovely detail that will make your party goers take notice. Read on to learn more about using flower ice cubes.
What are Floral Ice Cubes?
As the name suggests, floral ice cubes are made by freezing various types of edible flowers inside the cubes. This results in a stunning and colorful addition to drinks. Ice cube flowers can also add visual interest to ice buckets.
What flowers can I use, you ask? The most important aspect of making these gorgeous ice cubes is to harvest only flowers which are edible. Flowers like pansies, nasturtiums, and rose petals are all excellent options. Be sure to research the type of flower you plan to use ahead of time, as many types of flowers are toxic. Safety first!
Tasting the edible flowers before use is a great way to determine which types work best. Some edible flowers have a very mild taste, while others may have very distinct flavors.
How to Make Floral Ice Cubes
Freezing flowers in ice is extremely easy, and it only requires a few items. For best results, consider using a large, flexible silicone ice tray. Larger trays will not only make it easier to remove the cubes after being frozen but will also enable you to add larger flowers.
Always use edible flowers which have been specifically grown for consumption. Avoid picking flowers that have been exposed to chemicals. Choose flowers at their peak bloom. Avoid any that are wilting or show signs of insect damage. Additionally, be sure to gently rinse the flowers before use to remove any dirt or debris.
Fill ice trays half full with water (Hint: Ice often becomes somewhat cloudy as it freezes. For extra clear cubes, try using water that has been boiled (and then let cool) to fill the trays.). Place flowers into tray face down, and then freeze.
After the cubes have frozen, add additional water to fill the tray. Freeze, again. By freezing the cubes in layers, you ensure that the flower remains in the center of the cube and does not float to the top.
Remove from trays and enjoy!
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Elderflower and Edible Flower Ice Cubes
These edible flower ice cubes are an elegant and colorful way to spruce up your beverages! Perfect for special occasions or for fancy-ing up hot days.
A few days ago I discovered the beauty that is an edible flower, and basically just covered my watermelon steaks in my bounty of flowers. But then I realized two things. 1) I don’t make nearly enough fancy food to warrant as many flowers as I have. And 2) These things go bad real quick.
So I figured I’d do with them what I do with all of my soon-to-go-bad foods. Freeze ‘em! But freeze them real fancylike into ice cubes!
I made two variations of this.
In the first I used just water and flowers. These froze well, though the ice cubes weren’t as crystal clear as I would have liked. To make really clear ice cubes (so as to best show off your fancy flowers):
- Use distilled water. Less impurities and particles floating around.
- Boil the water first. Less air bubbles.
In the second, I evenly distributed about 2 Tbsp of elderflower syrup (from our Hugo Cocktails a while back) into the ice cube tray, then filled the rest with water. The elderflower syrup wasn’t entirely conducive to freezing, so they melted much faster. But these sure add a refreshing little something-something to sparkling water or lemonade!
Edible Flowers for All Seasons – How to Make Edible Flower Ice Cubes
Who can resist a pretty flower? Some of them, you can eat! Spring and Summer offer many edible flowers fall has fewer, but they are beauties – and easy to grow.
A fun thing to do with edible flowers is to freeze them in ice cube trays for drinks and punch. You can use these in any season. Here is how to do it – it’s easy as 1-2-3!
HOW TO MAKE EDIBLE FLOWER ICE CUBES:
- Pesticide-free edible flowers like pansies, violas, begonias, nasturtiums
- Large silicone ice cube tray with sections that are 2″ in size
- Distilled water — enough to fill an ice tray
Boil the distilled water and chill it. This removes impurities that might cloud the ice water. Using clean and pesticide-free flowers, place one in each cube slot, pretty flower side down.
Fill tray about 1/4″ full of water and freeze. Add another flower, pretty side up, and and fill each slot with water until full. Freeze.
You can, of course, add more than two flowers if they are small.
Keep frozen until you are ready to use them. The flowers might impart a faint flavor to the beverage. There are many fun things to do with Edible Flowers.
You can purchase these edible flowers from upscale grocery stores or order them online.
Chrysanthemum, pansy, viola, Johnny Jump-Ups are the easiest fall edible flowers to find and to grow. The Violas actually taste good – not so with the pansies. Chrysanthemum petals are good, but not the base of the petal. Chrysanthemums are best to line or accent food. We grow many edible flowers here on the farm at Big Mill.
…or you can just use these pretty flowers to garnish that plain almond vanilla ice cream.
I try to serve an edible flower to all my guests here at Big Mill B&B. My philosophy is simple — Dining should be fun!
Best flowers to put in ice cubes
Locating edible flowers can be tricky — you need to be careful and know what you are doing because certain flowers are poisonous!
*Don’t forget to also make sure the plants and flowers you collect are pesticide and chemical free!
Imagine walking up to the flower counter at Whole Foods, holding out a bouquet full of flowers, and asking the florist, “Excuse me miss, how many of these flowers are edible?”
(Yes, I really did that. Yes, it was very embarrassing — and she couldn’t even answer my question! Thus I had to turn elsewhere.)
Common edible flowers
Here are some of the edible flowers/flora I experimented with for this flower ice DIY. These are flowers I personally already knew were edible.
- Orchids (purchased from Shoprite)
The above flowers and leaves are edible, but there are many more kinds of flowers and other flora that can be found locally, depending on your area and the season you are harvesting.
Pansies and tulips are excellent and very common edible flowers but were long gone by the time I started this DIY ice flower post (they are spring flowers).
I wasn’t personally a big fan of how the honeysuckle turned out the color was so light it tended to look a little yellow-bordering-on-brown after freezing and not exactly like something I would love to have in a drink!
How to know what flowers are edible
If you are uncertain what kinds of flowers are edible you might want to consider buying a resource like this book.
It not only has a helpful glossary with images of the various edible flowers but also some really cool recipes that incorporate edible flowers (and even what kinds of flavors you can expect from each flower!)
I found the effect of putting a single bloom with a mint leaf inside ice to be visually stunning, but you can also experiment by putting lots of edible flowers to the ice cubes!
The ice ball closest to the camera has a single pink mum and mint leaf inside while the one behind it has many mums — which do you prefer?
This post is part of a year-long partnership featuring Bella Amazing sphere molds. As always, I only team up with companies I personally love and feel confident in sharing with you. All opinions are mine and mine alone.
More Ideas for Edible Flowers
An edible flower from Magnolia’s Yarden garnishes a Como la Flor beer slushy at Tioga Sequoia Beer Garden. Photo by @tiogabeergarden on Instagram
White chocolate roses featuring Magnolia’s Yarden edible flowers. Photo by Outsiders Studio @outsidersstudio on Instagram
White chocolate blocks featuring Magnolia’s Yarden edible flowers. Photo by Outsiders Studio @outsidersstudio on Instagram
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