Summer is winding down, but here in the south we’re still hosting a last few pool parties before we break out the boots, scarves, and hot chocolate.
If you’re hosting your own last hurrah summer party, we’ve got an easy-peasy DIY project to give your drinks a cute floral flourish. These look perfect in an ice tea tumbler with your favorite summer beverage.
1 – Edible Flowers – There are many different kinds, but we recommend buying from a gourmet or health food store so you can be sure they’re free of pesticides.
2 – Ice Cube Tray – We love the silicon ice cube trays, they come in lots of fun shapes, and they make it easy to pop out the cubes.
3 – Distilled Water – Distilled water has fewer impurities and makes clearer ice cubes.
1 – Arrange a flower or two on the bottom of each ice cube compartment.
2 – Pour just enough distilled water into the tray to fill it about 1/3 full.
3 – Allow the partially full tray to freeze over a few hours. By filling it only 1/3 full, it holds the flowers in place so they don’t immediately float to the top of the cube.
4 – When the tray is frozen (or at least mostly frozen) add another layer of flowers and fill 2/3rds full. Freeze again.
5 – When the second layer is frozen, add your third, and last layer of flowers and fill the tray up completely.
6 – Allow the tray to freeze overnight so the cubes are nice and solid when you add them to drinks!
Need a couple of drink ideas? We couldn’t help doing a little research!
For all-ages entertaining, try:
Honey Limeade – Mix and serve over ice: 1 cup lime juice, 5 cups water, 2/3rds cups of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of honey.
Lemon Almond Tea – Mix and serve over ice: 4 cups hot black tea, 2 thinly sliced lemons, 1 tablespoon almond extract, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 can lemonade concentrate.
For adult beverages, try:
Grapefruit Margaritas – Mix and serve over ice in salt-rimmed margarita glasses: 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice, 1 cup tequila (blanco or reposado), 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup Cointreau, 1 teaspoon agave nectar.
Cedarwood Cranberry Cocktail – Mix and serve over ice: 1 oz fresh lemon juice, 2 oz vodka (regular or cranberry), 4 ounces cranberry juice, and 3 1/2 ounces ginger ale.