Spring Has Sprung Iced Tea

April 23, 2010

Author Notes: These days, iced tea is my drink of choice. It's refreshing, and when you make the pretty floral ice cubes, it's classy!mrslarkin

Serves: 2

Ingredients

For the Pretty Floral Ice Cubes

  • edible flowers (I use violets - they're all over my yard.)
  • water

For the Iced Tea

  • 16 ounces tea of your choice (I like peach green tea, steeped for 3 minutes)
  • a few mint leaves
  • 2 lemon slices, cut in half
  • pretty floral ice cubes
  • simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part sugar, heated in a saucepan until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens)
In This Recipe

Directions

For the Pretty Floral Ice Cubes

  1. Boil a kettle of water. (Boiled water gives you a less cloudy ice cube.) Let cool.
  2. Pick a bunch of clean, unsprayed, unfertilized violets, or other edible flowers, in your backyard or other safe place. Some stores sell edible flowers. Gently rinse flowers.
  3. Fill an ice cube tray half-full with cooled water. Place flowers in each compartment. Freeze several hours or until solid. Fill up trays with more cooled water. Freeze again until solid.

For the Iced Tea

  1. Make any tea of your choice. Chill.
  2. Place several floral ice cubes in a tall glass. Pour chilled tea over. Garnish with mint leaves, gently crushed to release oils, and lemon slices.
  3. Serve simple syrup in a small glass pitcher and use as little or as much as you like. Leftover simple syrup can keep in the refrigerator for a good while. Add a straw and sip away. Happy Spring!

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Reviews (7) Questions (0)

7 Reviews

nannydeb July 28, 2010
Nice! You've inspired me to make pretty ice cubes just for myself! I mean not wait for a special occasion.
 
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mrslarkin July 28, 2010
Yay! I betchya rose petals would look pretty awesome for the summertime.
 
Sagegreen July 25, 2010
I just found these! How lovely. I remember you mentioned you had made these in a recent post to my ice cubes.
 
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mrslarkin July 28, 2010
Hi Sagegreen! Thanks! Yes, looks like we started an ice cube trend! ;)
 
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mrslarkin April 24, 2010
COOK'S NOTE - step 3 for ice cubes should say: Fill an ice cube tray half-full with cooled water. Place flowers in each compartment. Freeze several hours or until solid. Fill up trays with more cooled water. Freeze again until solid.
 
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mrslarkin April 24, 2010
Thanks dymnyno! Yes! Mint would be very nice! And other herbs, too!
 
dymnyno April 24, 2010
What a great idea!! Mint in the ice would look good too. I'm a Earl Grey fanatic...there is a jug of tea with lemon in my fridge from now until the end of fall.