Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Flower Ice Cubes for Cocktails


We had weather so warm last weekend that I was drawn to our patio like Scout is to peanut butter. We put some old Rolling Stones and not so old Mother Truckers on the playlist. (There's something about sunny days and country-tinged music that just seem right together.) I needed something to do while soaking up the sun, and decided to pull out some cookbooks. Shocking, I know. As if sun, tunes, and the first Gin and Tonic of the season aren't enough entertainment. (Fondly called G 'n' T's in the Show Me casa.)

Just when I thought "it doesn't get any better than this," something caught my eye in the book Appetizers, Finger Food, Buffets, & Parties: decorative ice cubes!! What a way to elevate your Springtime cocktails to a new level. You can make these by filling an ice cube tray halfway with water and freezing. Then dip edible organic flowers in cold water and place one on each half-cube. Top with water and freeze completely. Look for edible flowers in the produce section of the grocery store, in little plastic containers near the fresh herbs. When my cubes were frozen and ready, it was not actually "cocktail hour", so I tried them in a glass of club soda. So festive, with a slight floral aroma. I can't imagine that they wouldn't be divine in a G 'n' T.

I also got the chance to start testing recipes for Vegan Latina, Terry Hope Romero's upcoming cookbook! Feast your eyes on possibly the best casserole I've ever tasted, and I'm a big fan of the casserole.


This is the Sweet Basil and Corn Pot Pie. So aromatic, sweet, savory, and creamy. Y'all are gonna love this cookbook.

25 comments:

  1. Those are the cutest ice cubes I have ever seen, and the pot pie sounds absolutely delicious!

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  2. What a beautiful idea for ice cubes!

    And I'm jealous...it was -32 today..no sitting on the patio for me!

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  3. The ice cubes are adorable! Another really cute idea I've come across recently is to use frozen kumquats as ice cubes (er...ice spherical ovals).

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  4. Awesome idea for ice cubes! That would be so pretty for even plain ol' water. And the casserole looks delicious!

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  5. I am so eager for spring to finally come, it's not even funny!! I think my friends, knowing how they "oooh" and "ahhh" at the simplest things would love this ice cube idea :)

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  6. Love the cubes... if I ever have a warm day and some flowers.......
    whine, whine

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  7. Aww, I love the ice cubes! What a great idea =)

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  8. Those ice cubes look completely adorable, Lisa! Just your picture was enough to lift my mood :)

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  9. I love G 'n T season (we call it that too)!!! Cute cubes.

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  10. Those may be the cutest things I've ever seen! I can't wait to have another party at my house so I can do that!

    And tester for Terry! You lucky vegan!

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  11. those decorative ice cubes are just too awesome! that's funny that you & your spouse call gin & tonics G 'n' T's - we call 'em that, too (and we love V 'n' T's, too! yay!)! ahahahhahaa! awesome!

    ooooh - you're so lucky to be testing for Terry! huzzah for a might-fine casserole! it sounds awesome & looks soooooo goooooood!

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  12. Those ice cubes are awesome! That would be such an awesome idea to do for a party. Over at my house we're rocking a new ice cube tray that makes ice cubes in the shape of the pi symbol, because we are nerds.

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  13. Hi, Thanks for visting my blog! This is a really great idea I am looking forward to trying. I enjoy all your posts!

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  14. The ice cubes are a great idea and so festive!

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  15. Beautiful ice cubes!! And boy, does that pot pie look good. When does the cookbook come out?!

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  16. ps - i saw the mother truckers in austin a few years back. awesome show!

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  17. Those ice cubes are gorgeous, I would have never thought to make decorative ice cubes! What a great addition to a cocktail or dinner party!

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  18. Wow...that does look like a scrumptious casserole! I must get some of those flowers for my next soiree!

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  19. I dig the flower-cube idea: so nifty and clever!

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  20. G & Ts? Ok, it must have been a warm one! Those ice cubes are adorable - and I didn't know Terry HR was putting out a new book!!! If that casserole is any indication, I'm sure it'll rock!

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  21. Great ideas for the ice cubes! I can almost taste what that Corn Pot Pie tastes like!!!

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  22. I love the ice cube idea! I'm definitely going to have to give that a try sometime!

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  23. Clever.
    i am freezing an unidentified flower in an ice cube and see how long it lasts

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