I have a festive way to serve and enjoy your wine this summer,
Frozen Wine Cubes with Edible Flowers!
Freezing your wine into cubes will help keep it chilled while enjoying it in the heat of the summer without diluting it! You can use any edible flower to make pretty frozen wine cubes. I used the last of our violas before they completely succumb to the heat, rose petals and some dianthus blooms. As with any edible flower, only use those flowers that arepesticide and chemical free.
Pick your flowers in the morning when they are fresh, avoiding older bruised blooms. Rinse gently to “debug” them.
Since the alcohol in the wine will prevent it from freezing as hard as regular ice, I used silicone ice cube trays that are flexible and keep the wine cubes intact for easy removal from the trays.
Use the white wine or rosé of your choice so you can see the flowers. Allow them to freeze 24 hours to solidify.
Add them to your wine glass and enjoy the blooms, ideal for a garden party, shower or just because! They will melt more quickly than regular ice but will help keep your wine chilled in hot weather without diluting your favorite glass of vino :)
You can find a comprehensive list of edible flowers with their flavors from NCSU Cooperative Extension, here.
You might also enjoy Cooking with Flowers, a delicious mix of food and flowers and recipe for Viola Crepes and Pansy Syrup.
Or Compound Flower Butter, easy to make with edible flowers to add a ‘wow’ factor for a shower, garden club lunch or treat at the breakfast table!