Monday, June 6, 2011

Flower your Drinks!

There are some real creative ways to savor the beauty of flowers. Like freezing them for example. Now if I could keep an ice cube frozen then it would be a cool and wet addition to the neat artsy and crafty things I like to have around me and in my home.  It's a real cool way to brighten and enjoy your summer drinks and yes....impress your guests.

With the guidance of Martha Stewart here's how you prepare the flower ice cubes:

To suspend flowers in the cubes, work in layers:
  • Fill an ice tray (one that makes large cubes so the ice will last longer) 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.
  • For ice that's especially clear, use distilled water that has been boiled and then cooled. This limits impurities and air bubbles, which make ice cloudy.
It is best to use edible flowers, such as orchids, nasturtiums, pansies, geraniums, and snapdragons, that have been grown to be eaten (they are not treated with chemicals). You can find edible flowers at Whole Foods and some other supermarkets. Check out your local flower shops as well as The large ice cubes trays can be found at Williams-Sonoma,  Pier 1 Imports and other similar places.

Excerpt from Martha Stewart Living "Good Things" May 2011.

Other fun and innovative things you can do to extend the life and look of your flowers are: create potpourris, flower baths, lace your bed with the pedals of roses to enhance your healing love sessions; place leaves (fresh or dry) in your clothes drawers to give it a nice natural smell or you could even make live flower pictures by framing them.

Have any other ideas with flowers? Share them here in my comment box. :-)


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