Frozen Flowers for Your Patio Drinks

Borage flower

Scented geranium

And don’t be afraid to try something new. For instance, the gorgeous scarlet flowers of pineapple sage. It’s really a sage, and tastes like it, but it also does really taste like pineapple. And then there is that knockout color. Or how about the many luscious types of scented geraniums? We use the leaves in cooking, an old-fashioned idea for cakes, but the tiny flowers are exquisite, like fairy orchids.  Imagine making ice cubes from cinnamon- or rose-scented geranium flowers, for a child’s tea party. And ohmygosh, the absolutely stunning cobalt blue flowers of borage.

Now, as a practical matter, the main point of this is visual – how pretty the results. You’ll find yourself reaching for a clear pitcher and clear glasses to show them off. The flavor of the botanicals only comes into play if the ice melts completely, and the flowers float free. That is, of course, why you want to be sure to use only edible flowers, and even then, only blossoms you know have not been sprayed with any harmful chemicals. Which means, not from a commercial florist – there’s no way to know how they were grown.

These familiar flowers are edible, safe to eat as long as they have not been treated with pesticides or herbicides or other toxic chemicals:

Tuberous begonias, calendula, chrysanthemums, daylilies, dianthus, gem marigolds, nasturtiums, pansies, roses, sunflowers, tulips, violas, violets. And don’t forget the flowers of herb plants.

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