This past weekend we showered by best friend & Aprons & Stilettos partner, Rochelle. It was such a beautiful day of great company, delicious food, and these adorable floral ice cubes which graced our mimosa bar.
Boil the distilled water and let cool (this limits impurities and air bubbles, which make ice cloudy). If using ice trays, fill 1/4 of tray with cooled water, add edible flower and freeze. Once frozen, fill tray 1/2 way and freeze. Repeat until tray is filled to the top. If using round ice cube molds, no need to work in layers. Simply add flower, fill to the top and freeze.
These flower ice cubes make the perfect addition to any cocktail or ice bucket.
*Edible flowers can be found at your local farmers market, Whole Foods, Sprouts or online.
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This morning I left the South Bay at 4am to head back to Sonoma wine country and when I walked outside I noticed it was surprisingly warm – 67 degrees to be exact. 67 degrees at 4am! I couldn’t believe it. From that moment on I knew it was going to be another hot one in Northern California.
When I returned home after work, I spent some time taking care of my herb garden as I was out-of-town all weekend. While I was watering, the aromatic notes of mint, basil, rosemary and lemon balm captivated my thirst for a refreshing patio cocktail. I decided to rummage through my cocktail bar to see what concoction I could whip up in order to satisfy my craving. Using the ingredients I had on hand, I composed this easy to make and delightfully refreshing gin-blackberry-mint cocktail. The sweet, tart, and slightly bitter flavors in the berries perfectly complemented the mellow and refreshing notes in the mint.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 teaspoon agave nectar
Handful of blackberries (4-5)
Handful of fresh mint (4-5 leaves…depending in how “minty” you like it)
1/2 lime, freshly juiced
Soda water, float
Muddle the blackberries, mint and gin in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, nectar and lime juice. Shake and strain in a glass filled with ice. Float with soda water and garnish with a mint sprig.
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