Make Floral Ice Cubes
Add lovely pops of bright color and subtle flavor by adding floral ice cubes to your favorite drinks.
Floral Ice Cubes
Add beauty to your wedding punch or favorite party drinks with frozen flowers. Using edible, pesticide- and chemical-free flowers is a must. Editor's Note: The content of this article is provided for general informational purposes only. Be cautioned that some plants can be poisonous, and poisonous plants sometimes resemble edible plants. HGTV does not guarantee the accuracy of the content provided in this article and is not liable for any injury resulting from use of any information provided.
Rose petals are edible and come in a variety of colors so you can choose ones that will best fit your color scheme. Whichever color you choose, be sure to trim off the bitter white base where the petal attaches to the stem. Wash flowers well before freezing.
Prepare for Freezing
To freeze your petals, you can fill an ice cube tray with water and add the petals to each individual cube, but we recommend filling a cookie sheet or other large, shallow container, with water and petals. You can freeze a whole sheet of ice and then break it up into irregular pieces that will look much more interesting in your drink.
Once the water is frozen solid, you can store the whole sheet or break it up and store the frozen pieces.
Citrus Rose Ice Cube
The darker the color of your rose, the stronger the flavor will be. You can add a bit of extra color and flavor by including some bits of citrus peel when you freeze your petals. Just remember, like the rose petals, the white of the citrus peel is bitter, so trim off as much as you can.
In addition to rose petals, you can also use rose hips. Trim off the stem and bud ends, wash and cut the rose hip in half. Scoop out the seeds before using. It is easier to remove the seeds if you steep them in water first.
Freeze your rose hips in water, just like you would with the rose petals, or freeze them alone. They will cool your drinks without watering them down.
In most cases when it comes to edible flowers, only the flower should be used. Do not use the leaves or berries of a plant unless you are 100 percent sure it is edible. One obvious exception to this rule is herb flowers. You can use rosemary, basil, cilantro, mint and lemon verbena flowers alone, or with their leaves for a stronger flavor.
Watch Out for Pesticides
Any flowers you use in drinks or for other edible purposes should be grown by you or by a grower who specifically grows edible flowers. At no point in the plant’s life should pesticides or chemicals have been used on it. Be sure to do your research into the plant’s history before buying if you won’t be growing the flowers yourself.
Fuchsia flowers are also edible, and quite beautiful. They come in a variety of colors, and their berries can also be frozen and eaten.
Petals vs. Whole Flowers
Most of the time you should remove all parts of the flower and only use the petals. Fuchsias and pansies are exceptions to this rule. With the pansy flower, if you only use the petals the flavor will be extremely mild. It will be a bit stronger if you use the whole flower. When in doubt, use only the petals.
Other Edible Flowers
In addition to all the flowers we have listed so far, there are a few more you can use to make stunning ice cubes. Violets, lavender and chamomile flowers can both be used (some people are very allergic to chamomile, so try a small amount as a test first), as can carnations as long as you trim off the bitter white base.
When serving your lovely floral drinks, be sure to have a little set aside without flowers for any guests with allergies. Although washing flowers should remove the pollen, it’s a good back up just in case. Using edible flowers can be a bit intimidating at first, but the rewards are great. They add a unique and personal touch, especially if you’ve grown the flowers yourself.