Floral Ice Cubes have become one of my favorite ways to brighten up any drink, glass pitcher, or ice bucket. To make these little cuties I use edible flowers, herbs, and fruits. Focusing on the season and drink I am making I take a look around my garden or market to see what I can find.
Different uses For Floral Ice Cubes
Drinks and Glass Pitchers
Of course, the best place for floral ice cubes is in your drink. In my freezer, I have a bag full of different floral ice cubes just in case the urge arises to spruce up my drink. I use a silicone mold that I LOVE. This mold has been useful for Floral Ice-Cubes and also for freezing lemon and lime squares, another staple in my freezer. You never know when you’re going to want to make a SideCar! Have you made my Grandma’s SideCar? If not you really are missing out. Head over to Grandma’s sidecar.
Champagne and Ice-Buckets
You don’t need to fill the whole ice bucket up. Just add a layer on the top giving it the illusion that the whole tub is full of these beautiful ice cubes.
These don’t need to be edible (although I recommend sticking to edible in case someone decides to add one to their drink.
Sensory play for kids
When it’s hot outside I look in my freezer, take out any floral ice cubes that look a little freezer burned, and let Jude play with them in a bucket or in his mud kitchen. He loves using these for pretend play cooking or making potions with them he can get lost in his play for hours.
Tips and tricks for making Floral Ice-Cubes
Here are a few tricks I have found that will make this process easier.
- Use silicone tray molds- you will be able to pop your ice cubes out effortlessly and won’t risk cracking any.
- Use distilled water. Boil it and let it cool completely before adding it to your molds. If you pour the water in when it’s hot you will risk dying your ice-cube. I tried pouring hot water into a mold that had roses and my petals turned white and it dyed to water red.
- Confession I don’t always do this step when I’m making these just for myself.
Ideas for seasonal Floral Ice Cubes
- Cherries (pitted)
- Lime & Jalapeno
- Sun Flower petals
- Blood oranges
- Pine needles
- Citrus fruit like grapefruit
- Lemons (peak January)
- Maple syrup
- Passion fruit
- Dandelions (some people can have allergies to this)
Make sure the flowers you use have not been sprayed by pesticides AND are edible.