How to Make Flower Ice Cubes, with tips on how to make them crystal clear
Looking for a unique and beautiful way to add a touch of elegance to your drinks? Then make flower ice cubes! These delightful little cubes are a fun and easy way to add a splash of color and natural beauty to your drinks and cocktails.
Whether it’s for a summer party, a dinner gathering, or just to add a touch of beauty to your everyday drink, these ice cubes are going to impress.
Here, I’ll show you the best way to make these edible flower ice cubes and share my tips and tricks for getting the best results, including the
- best edible flowers to use,
- how to make sure your ice is crystal clear
- and ideas on how to use your floral ice cubes
The Best Edible Flowers to Use in Flower Ice Cubes
When it comes to choosing the right flowers for your ice cubes, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, make sure that the flowers you choose are edible as not all flowers are safe to eat. Also make sure they have been grown organically and are free of nasty chemicals.
Check here with our list of edible flowers with pictures before using any flower you’re not sure about.
Choose flowers that are smaller, so they fit nicely in the cube as larger flowers will need to be squished to fit and that takes away from the beauty.
Common and easily available flowers are:
- Toadflax (Linaria)
- Crucifix orchids
- Forget me nots
- Lilac florets
- Scented geranium
- Small rose petals
- Pineapple sage
These flowers not only look beautiful in ice cubes, but most don’t have a strong flavour and so will not affect the flavour of the drink. As the ice cube melts in the drink, the pretty little flowers float to the top – what a joy!
Flowers that have a stronger flavour, particularly flowering herbs are great when used in ice cubes and can add flavour to refreshing sparkling water jugs.
Flowers That Don't Look Their Best in Ice Cubes
Some flowers will lose their color and shape when frozen, which can result in a less than appealing visual outcome. Some flowers to avoid using in ice cubes include:
- White flowers, often the white petals become discolored, or don’t show up well in the ice
- Borage – although these are lovely star like flowers, they will only last a day or so in the ice before the lose their beautiful bright blue color.
- Flowers that are too large for the cube, they will end up squished and bruised
How to make your ice crystal clear
Sadly, it’s not that easy to get a crystal-clear ice block when making ice at home. The cloudiness in ice is caused by the impurities in the water as well as the speed in which the water is frozen.
Boiling and cooling the water a couple of times before setting in the freezer definitely improves the quality of the ice, but there will still be some clouding. The most effective way is to use a directional freezing method and allowing the ice to freeze slowly. This is a difficult process in a standard home kitchen!
In my opinion, its way easier to accept a little bit of cloudiness and use water that you have boiled several times and cooled before filling your ice cube trays!
Ideas on How to Use Floral Ice Cubes
Now that you know the best flowers to use in your ice cubes, let’s talk about how to use them. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few simple ways to make your drinks look impressive and appealing:
- Add them to your favorite cocktail for a beautiful and unique touch.
- Use them to cool down your iced tea or lemonade.
- Serve them in a pitcher of water for a beautiful and refreshing drink.
- Use them as a fun and unique addition to your punch bowl at your next party.
Easy to Follow Method for making edible flower ice cubes
Making flower ice cubes is a simple and easy process that requires just a few basic ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Edible flowers
- Water (boiled and cooled several times)
- Ice cube trays
Step 1: Clean your flowers. Make sure that your flowers are free from any dirt or insects.
Step 2: Fill your ice cube trays to about 1/2 way up only with the boiled and cooled water.
Step 3: Place flowers in each compartment of the ice cube tray. You can use one type of flower or mix and match to create a beautiful and unique look. Also add a small leaf (such as mint) where it feels right.
Step 4: Place the ice cube trays in the freezer and let them freeze.
Step 5: Once the ice cubes are frozen, take the tray out of the freezer and top up the ice cube compartment to completely encase the flowers in ice. Freezing in two steps makes sure that the flowers are frozen in the middle of the ice cube.
Step 6: Freeze for 4-6 hours and then your floral ice cubes will be ready to use!
Your flower ice cubes will not only be beautiful but also fun.
They’re perfect for any occasion and will be something interestingly different offered on your drinks tray! They’re sure to impress your guests!
Making flower ice cubes is a simple and fun way to add a touch of nature to your drinks. Whether you use them in a glass of iced tea or as a decorative addition to your bath, you’re sure to love the result.
So, why not give it a try?