How to make flower ice cubes

July 7, 2024

Is there anything as summery as a cold drink in a clear glass filled with flower ice cubes?  Here’s how you can make your own:

1. You’ll need an ice cube tray with large rectangular molds. Or two. You can also go all the way and buy clear ice cube molds from, where else but Amazon? Large cubes will last longer and look prettier.

flower-ice-cubes2. Edible flowers. Use flowers you know for sure are edible and if you’re in doubt, don’t use them. Only use flowers that were grown organically–no pesticides! If you’re buying from a retailer, chances are pesticides were used so steer clear. You can buy edible flowers at Whole Foods or you can grow your own. But be sure to wash them well before freezing! And only consume the petals.

Edible flowers include roses, nasturtiums, pansies, violets, viola, calendula, lavender, dandelion,cornflower, dahlia…do your research and be sure a flower is edible before using.

3. Use distilled water. Boil it, then cool in it fridge before use to minimize cloudiness. Yes, it takes a bit of time but you’re rewarded by cloud-free ice cubes that look gorgeous in a glass.

4. To place flowers in the cubes, work in layers: Fill an ice tray a quarter of the way with water, add flowers facing down, and freeze.

Add more water to fill halfway, and freeze. Fill to the top, and freeze again.

flower-ice-cubesAnd there you have it— pretty ice cubes ready to drop in a glass and fill with sparkling water or any kind of cocktail.

You can also use this method with fruits (think berries!) and herbs (chives, thyme, rosemary, sage, etc). Just be sure to match the flavor of the beverage with the fruit or herb.

I like to use a clear glass so the flowers are displayed at their best. Imagine this lovely idea for a summer patio party, birthday celebration or a shower any time of year.

Why not give it a try!

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5 comments on “How to make flower ice cubes
  1. I always wondered how one gets the ice to be clear. Thank you.

  2. Alana says:

    I didn’t know about the distilled water trick. We have distilled water on hand all the time, too. I like the idea. I would hesitate to use flowers from my front yard because it is near a road (and we don’t have a Whole Foods near us-I think the nearest one is either in Rochester or Albany) but there may be another local source for me. I used to use edible flowers I grew as garnish but not recently.

  3. Beth Havey says:

    Lovely and during our hot weather, refreshing in many ways. Pinned.

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