DIY: refreshing ice glass

Toast the summer with frozen flowers

Asking for ice in your drink won't raise any eyebrows, but asking for drink in your ice is rather unusual. Our unique ice glass with frozen flowers will be the star of any summer barbecue, and will keep your drinks cool and fresh. Of course, this pretty drinking vessel won’t last all evening — even more reason to drink up.

DIY: refreshing ice glass - Funnyhowflowersdothat

You will need 

  • Corn, sugar or salt

  • Wooden skewer

  • Edible flowers* — we’ve used purple pansies and stock

  • Gin

  • Tonic water
  • A slice of lemon

  • Two flexible plastic moulds, one slightly larger than the other. You need a gap of at least 1.5 cm between the two moulds to make the glass. We used kids' plastic cups. Don’t use glass, because water expands when it freezes, and it will shatter.​

How to make it

Step 1: Pour water into the large cup, and place the small cup inside so that it is floating on the water. 

Step 2: Weigh the small cup down with corn, salt or sugar, which 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 cup and secure it to the edge of the large tin. This will keep everything tightly in place. 

Step 5: Place the whole thing in the freezer for at least 4 hours.

Step 6: Once the water has frozen, run cold water from the tap over the outside of the large cup briefly. This will release your ice glass from the mould. Or you can wait untill 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 cup out of the ice glass. 

Step 8: Pour gin and tonic into your glass and finish with ice cubes and a slice of lemon. 


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