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HOT COLD TREND: FLORAL ICE CUBES - how and why make them

Ice cubes with flowers and herbs are super easy to make (if you avoid the three mistakes I made when I tried this for the first time!). But why would you even need floral ice cubes in the first place?

Wine bottle in a bucket of floral ice

Well, here's why.

Having fancy ice cubes supplies in your freezer can serve you as a perfect ready--to-go table decor if you have an impromptu party at your house. If you don't have fresh flowers/ a table centerpiece or much time to decorate the table anyway, these little guys are right there in the fridge and you can just use them. Just fill up an ice bucket, put a bottle of rose in there and it will immediately make your table look like a perfect spot for a happy hour.

If the day is indeed very special and you're celebrating something, floral ice can be a part of your decor too! Chances are you have enough to do already: cook a hot meal, make or pick up starters, set the table. Having floral ice at hand to dec the bucket with beverages can add so much more to your decor and overall look of the table.

Drinks with floral ice cubes

While florals look great in drinks (be it an ice bucket or an actual cocktail) that's not the only way to use them. One of the best ways is to add floral ice to your skincare routine. Try adding roses (for hydration) or camomile (for soothing) and just roll it over your face in the morning while your coffee is brewing. It will tone your skin, de-puff your eyes, close the pores and make you look fresh and awake.

Floral ice cubes in trays

So it seems real easy: you just put a bunch of flowers at the bottom of an ice tray, fill it up with water and put it right back to the freezer. When I did it this way I ended up with cloudy, cracked and not so-fancy looking ice though. So here's three things to consider if you want to learn from my mistakes:

  1. Don't use tap water. All those minerals in it make it cloudy when frozen, so you won't be able to see what's on the display. I would recommend bottled water for this (even over filtered one - tried that too and it wasn't great).

  2. Really pick your flowers. If you're putting the ice cubes in drinks make sure they are edible, like clover, daisy, calendula, etc.

  3. Use a fancy assortment/bouquet if you want the composition to look interesting. A big, complicated flower bouquet (with different size flowers, many colors and shapes) is what you want for the ice to carry the same image: fancy and artsy.

Most popular edible flowers are: honeysuckle, citrus blossom, clover, hibiscus, daisies, dandelions, lilac, roses, lavender, sunflowers, violets, calendulas, chives, alliums and others (always check if you're not sure).

So after that the process is pretty simple:


~ recipe ~

Step 1. Have some clean and dry ice cube trays (dust or drops of water in there will transform into impurities and bubbles in your ice).

Step 2. Arrange your flowers, petals, herbs, etc. in the slots of the tray facing the bottom.

Step 3. Fill the slots up with bottled water just covering the flowers (not all the way to the top) and place the tray in the freezer for 4 hours.

Step 4. Take the tray out of the freezer. Put some flowers on top of the newly formed ice facing the top of the tray.

Step 5. Add more water all the way up to the top and put the tray back to the freezer.

In another 4 hours you will have beautiful ice cubes ready to be used. They never expire. Cheers!


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