Have a party to attend this summer? Are you bringing the drinks?
Well, why not bring them chilled in style?
Rosebud Ice Cubes
You could probably pay a small fortune for these pretties, but why would you do that when you can make them yourself?!
What You Need:
- Ice Cube Trays (any will work, but the deeper the tray, the more room you have for your flowers
- Small Rose Buds or Other Small Flowers (You can get these at the store, or even from your house as long as they are washed and pesticide-free. Another alternative is to use fake flowers from a craft store. These can be reused and still look great, as long as you don’t mind having a fake flower floating in your drink when the ice melts.)
How You Do It:
Step 1: Boil enough water to fill a tray for two minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.
Step 2: Put rose buds in the ice cube trays, top of flower facing down.
Step 3: Fill ice cube trays half way with water. Freeze.
Step 4: Once they’re frozen, fill the rest of the tray with more cooled, boiled water and freeze again.
Step 5: Ta-da! Keep frozen until you’re ready to display them!
Alternative Options to Consider:
If you want to use the cubes in your drinks instead of just to cool a bottle of champagne, try using the kind of liquid you’ll actually be drinking. Consider freezing white wine, punch, iced tea, or even sprite, depending on the occasion.
Instead of flowers, add fruit or herbs! Blackberries, raspberries, orange or lime slices, strawberries, and blueberries would all be delicious, and a mint cube would be the perfect touch with a mojito!
Try shaped ice cube trays. There are a plethora of different kinds at craft stores, or probably even at a local thrift store.
For large gatherings, weddings, or parties, go all out and use a Bundt pan or other uniquely-shaped pan in which to freeze the flowers or fruit. Perfect for a punch bowl! For kids birthdays themed soirée, use a fun shaped cake pan that is freezer-safe!
Create your own signature drink. My favorite? Freeze ice cubes with basil and add to chilled green tea with a sprig of lavender and a slice of cucumber. So refreshing!