Floral ice cubes are such a treat to add to your water, carbonated beverages, mocktails, cocktails, iced coffee and tea or any drink you can think of.
You can use almost any combination of fruits and culinary flowers and herbs.
There are several tips out there to try to get your ice cubes as clear as you can. The clearer the ice the more detail of your ice you can see. Here are a few that I found. Use filtered water, boil your water first and let cool before pouring into ice cubes, and the last use hot water and pour over your choice of additions. I used the boil your water, fill your trays and place in freezer.
We chose to use lavender, mint and lemon strips for one and lemon, blueberry, lavender for another version.
Most frozen fruits will sink and most fresh items added will float, but this adds the variety you may desire in your ice cubes. Freeze until frozen but if it is left to long in the freezer they can discolor some florals. So the best recommendation is to use them up quickly.
Lay your Lavender Cocktail Picks in mold and pour water over top.
We made half of these ice cubes with Lavender, lemon triangle and blueberries and the other half with Lemon peel curls, mint and lavender.
We liked the lavender cubes that had the lavender at the top of the cube. We had pressed one down but it doesn't look as nice. The thin cubes melt very fast but that isn't bad...you've got your adorable little lavender stem floating in your drink.
For photos our water sat in the trays. You will want to put the in the freezer right away or it blueberries can turn your cubes a little purple. That's ok...we still like them and they added nice color in our lavender lemonade.
You can get culinary lavender picks here.
If you are making ice cubes for a party you can use your ice mold of choice. When the are ice cubes are frozen (about 4 hours) remove them from mold and stick them 1 layer thick in a sealed container. Work fast so they don't melt.
1 cup raw cashews
3 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 lemon juiced (or 2 Tbsp of lemon juice)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp basil, dried
1/2 tsp culinary lavender bud, dried
1/2 tsp parley, dried
Cover cashews with water and soak for 1-2 hours and then drain.
In a blender or food processor add drained cashews, water, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt. Process until very smooth.
Scrape cashew cheese into a small mixing bowl and with a spoon stir in herbs just until combined.
Line a small mesh strainer with cheesecloth and spoon cheese into the cloth and firmly enclose. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or until cold and firm. If you can wait overnight it will be firmer, but if you don't have the time and you find it to soft, roll it in some chopped nuts and serve.
Remove cheese from cheesecloth and unmold onto a small plate.
Enjoy with fruit, vegetables, crackers, and bread.
Florals are making an impact in many events and weddings for 2020! So many versatile ways to use flowers in food whether it is uses as fancy floral ice cubes, sprinkled in salads, or salad dressings, frosting and decorating your cake with lavender frostings, drizzling cheese with lavender honey and desserts, flavoring cocktails or used as a skewer it is adding the dramatic, romantic effect that so many are going for in their menu planning.
Lavender is the floral favorite when it comes to elevating the romance and flavor in whatever you choose to put it in.
Lavender is being used not only in cakes, but as lavender cream frostings or fillings. Decorated on the outside of the cake makes a simple minimalistic but sophisticated impact. Bakeries are doing this by adding lavender extract, and Culinary Lavender. If your baker needs some guidelines we have that here.
Lavender is trending as top dried flower for weddings, parties and special events!
It is not hard to see why, as it's beauty, color and fragrance remain exceptional when dried. In addition the focus is on sustainability and eco-friendly flowers, locally sourced and even the ability to reuse event flowers to preserve their memories. The advantages of dried lavender are vast but many also find it more economical over fresh flowers.
You see now why Dried Lavender is a top contender for wedding flowers and events in 2020! The ability to add a beautiful fragrance, reduce stress and anxiety, add color, be liked by both men and women, be repurposed into so many wonderful projects, along with its environmental, sustainable and economical factors make it a big win for so many.
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I am Nicole Callen, lavender lover, farmer, and owner of Norwood Farm. My intention for this page is to bring you great lavender related content that you can use. Most of it contains culinary adventures that transpire in my kitchen, as I have a love for the complex floral flavor and depth that lavender brings to cooking.