Easy and pretty, these edible flower ice cubes are sure to make any drink special. I’ve used pansies here, but any edible flower will work. Great for entertaining!
Why I love these flower ice cubes
Pansies are a wonderfully edible flower. Not only are the flowers themselves edible, but the green bits under the flower petals are too (I know that part has a technical name, but I’ll be darned if I know what it is :). They are perfect for edible flower ice cubes!
With Mother’s Day this weekend, I was thinking about an easy way to make the day special and I couldn’t imagine anything more special than treating Moms to a drink with these beautiful ice cubes. And of course, it’s a big bonus that they are dead easy to make, so it’s a little project that Dads and kids can take on.
Edible Flower Suggestions
- Viola (The miniature member of the pansy family)
Make sure your edible flowers are either grown in your own garden (without use of pesticides) or are especially cultivated to be edible flowers. You’ll often find them in Farmer’s markets in with the salads greens. Flowers intended for outdoor planting from greenhouses are often treated with pesticides, so are not the ideal source.
Flower Ice Cube Tips
The flowers will float to the top. I push them down so they are under water a bit, but don’t stress if they seem to be just floating on the top before they are frozen. As the ice forms, it will expand and cover the flower.
How to enjoy flower ice cubes
I love to enjoy these flower ice cubes in Homemade Sparkling Lemonade. It’s one of my favourite Summer drinks – a simple mixture of homemade lemonade and sparkling water. Dress it up with pretty ice cubes, lemon slices and mint sprigs. I’ve added the recipe to the Recipe Card below.
Make the simple syrup and lemon juice ahead and store in jars in your fridge. Then to make one glass at a time, simply combine 1/4 cup simple syrup, 2 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 cup water, then top up with 1/2 cup sparkling water.
Get the Recipe: Flower Ice Cubes (and a Homemade Sparkling Lemonade)
Flower Ice Cubes:
- edible flowers
- fresh mint leaves
- 3/4 cup white sugar, for simple syrup
- 1 cup water, for simple syrup
- 2 cups cold water, for lemonade
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 5-6 lemons, for lemonade
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups sparkling water, such as Perrier, for lemonade
- Flower Ice Cubes, or regular ice cubes
- Lemon Slices or wedges
- Mint Sprigs
- Make Flower Ice Cubes: Fill a standard ice cube tray with water. Pinch off the flower at the top of the stem. Separate some small mint leaves and set aside. Add one small mint leaf, then a flower to an ice cube cup. Alternate a flower cup with an ice cube with just a mint leaf or two, until filled. Freeze until solid.
- If making the sparkling lemonade, make the simple syrup: **Making this hot sugar mixture is not an activity for kids, as it is extremely hot and capable of burning. Please, adults only for this part!) In a medium saucepan, stir together the white sugar and water. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring, until mixture boils. Allow to boil about 30 seconds, then turn off the heat and allow mixture to cool to room temperature. If making ahead, transfer to a small bowl or jar and refrigerate until needed.
- To make the sparkling lemonade: add all of the (cooled) simple syrup to a pitcher. Add the cold water, lemon juice and sparkling water. Pour into 4 tall glasses or jars, leaving room for ice and garnishes. Add ice cubes, lemon slices and mint sprigs to glass. Enjoy!
Hi! I’m Jennifer, a home cook schooled by trial and error and almost 40 years of getting dinner on the table! I love to share my favourite recipes, both old and new, together with lots of tips and tricks to hopefully help make your home cooking enjoyable, stress free, rewarding and of course, delicious!