This summer, there are lots of ways that you can use flowers. Place them in a decorative vase for a colorful kitchen centerpiece, or press one onto pretty paper and frame it for a beautiful piece of wall decor. But don’t overlook flowers when it comes to dining and drinking. Think about brightening up your cocktails and other beverages with flower ice cubes. These unique and colorful ice cubes can help take your drinks from boring to fun in no time. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that your ice cubes are safe to consume and turn out looking beautiful:
Opt for a silicone tray
You may have to trade in your current ice cube tray for one made of silicone. This material will make it easy to pop out the cubes without breaking them. You should also choose a tray with large slots to ensure that your ice cubes will last longer in drinks.
Boil your water
Ice cubes aren’t always entirely clear, they sometimes have an opaque finish. This won’t properly show off the bright flowers inside. Before pouring the water into your ice cube tray, boil the water for about two to three minutes. Then, allow the distilled water to cool down.
Know which flowers to use
Not all flowers are edible, so it’s important to know which ones you can put in your ice cubes. It’s best to grow your own flowers that are specifically for eating. This way, you can be sure that they weren’t treated with any chemicals or pesticides. Some edible blooms to choose from include pansies, snapdragons, orchids and nasturtiums. Never assume that a flower is safe to eat. Stay away from consuming daffodils, hyacinths, foxglove and daphne. Culinary classes online can show you which flowers are best to use when cooking. When you do find edible flower to use, opt for the larger blooms, which produce a more stunning effect when frozen into an ice cube.
Work in layers
There is a certain art to filling your ice cube tray with flowers and water. You can’t just fill up the tray with water and pop in a few flowers. You must work in layers and fill up a quarter of each slot with water. Next, place the flowers face down, and put the trays in the freezer. Once they have frozen, fill each slot halfway with water and freeze. And finally, once that layer has frozen, you can top off the remaining space in each slot with water and freeze again.