DIY: a refreshing ice glass

Toasting summer with frozen flowers and plants

Nobody thinks it’s odd if you ask for ice in your drink but if you want your drink in ice… you’ll probably have to do it yourself. Cue our unique ice glass made using flowers and plants. Obviously this pretty drinking vessel won’t last all evening so you’ll have to drink up! 

DIY: a refreshing ice glass

You will need 

  • Two tins or flexible plastic moulds, one slightly larger than the other (you need a gap of at least 1.5 cm between the two moulds in order to make the glass). If you opt for tins, use a tin that’s been open with a tin opener, since a tin opener makes a nice opening that the ice can easily get past. Don’t use glass moulds, because water expands when it freezes

  • Corn, sugar or salt

  • Wooden skewer

  • Edible (so not poisonous!) flowers. We’ve used purple violas and stock.*

  • Gin

  • Soda water

  • Lemon


How to make an ice glass with flowers and plants

Step 1: Pour water into the large tin, and place the small tin in it. 
Step 2: Weigh the small tin down with corn, salt or sugar (or something else that won’t freeze).
Step 3: Slide the edible flowers and herbs into the water and arrange them with the wooden skewer. 
Step 4: Stick tape over the small tin and secure it to the edge of the large tin. This will keep everything tightly in place. 
Step 5: Place the ‘glass in progress’ in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Step 6: Once frozen, hold the outside of the large tin briefly under the cold tap. Make sure you cover all of it. This will release your ice glass. Just waiting till the outer layer has melted is another option, of course.
Step 7: If everything has worked well, you should be able to slide the small tin out of the ice glass easily. 
Step 8: Pour gin and soda or tonic into your glass and finish it with ice cubes and lemon. 


*One more thing: never tuck in to just any (cut) flower or plant; only use edible flowers from specialist suppliers that have been grown for human consumption.