Flower Infused Ice Cubes
Every element in a cocktail can be customized to bring the best to your drink – even ice.
You can infuse your ice with herbs and flowers to add a visual element to a crucial part of your drink and we're going to show you how!
What you need:
- Edible flowers
- A freezer
- Ice Tray
Distilled water is ideal; the cleaner the better. Tap water works just as well, as long as it's clean enough to drink. If you're hoping for crystal clear ice, know that the type of water you use doesn't effect the clarity of your ice. We'll get into how to achieve clear ice later.
Pesticide-free is key when choosing your flowers. You can use flowers from herbal tea that you may have in your cupboards, but the more vibrant and colourful the better.
Check out this list of edible flowers to see if you have any in your garden or in a recent bouquet of flowers.
Popular choice include:
We have to freeze the ice somehow! Make sure you have enough space in the freezer so that your ice tray can sit on a flat surface.
A simple plastic ice tray will do, but one with a cover is great. If you're in the market for a new ice tray, here's a list of the best ice cube trays.
As mentioned earlier, if you want clear ice you should look at the type of ice tray you're using. An ice cube tray made for clear ice is best, as the ice freezes in a different direction with cold water around it. That's what prevents the air bubbles that create the whitish appearance you see in ice cubes.
Making Decorative Ice Cubes
After gathering up all of the important tools and ingredients for flower infused ice cubes, prepare to do this in steps. Each layer must freeze before you add more water and petals to your tray.
- Place your first petal in the bottom of the tray, then fill the tray 1/4 of the way with water.
- Put ice tray in freezer for 3 hours so it freezes.
- Add another petal and fill tray 1/2 the way with water.
- Put ice tray in freezer for 3 hours until it freezes.
- Repeat these steps until you have filled the tray.
Tip: If you have herbal tea at home, especially with flowers, you can use these instead to both add colour and flavour to your cocktail.
Once your ice cubes have frozen all the way, prepare your cocktail using one of our cocktail recipes and add your ice!