How to Make Violet Petal Ice Cubes

Three Methods:Whole Violet Flower Ice CubesCrushed Violet Flower Petal Ice CubesVariations

Violet petal ice cubes are a pretty way to add a much loved edible flower as a garnish to your drinks. They are easy to make, requiring selection and cleaning of the violets, then adding them to the ice cube tray and freezing time.


  • Violet flowers (unsprayed, see below for choosing edible flowers)
  • Sugar to taste (optional)
  • Water


  1. 1
    Be sure to choose edible violet flower varieties. Not every flower termed "violet" is edible––in some cases it only refers to the plant's color. Moreover, some plants with the term violet in their name are poisonous, so know your violet! To be edible and safe, the violet flower must come from the Viola species.[1] A good choice is v. odorata.[1]
    • African violets are not edible; do not use these flowers.[1]

Method 1
Whole Violet Flower Ice Cubes

  1. 1
    Prepare the violet flowers. Select good quality flowers from your garden or other suitable source. Brush off any dirt and dip into a bowl of water to gently wash.
  2. 2
    Fill the ice cube holes one quarter of the way with water.
  3. 3
    Position the violet flower facing downward onto the water. Repeat for each cube hole.
  4. 4
    Pop the tray into the freezer. Freeze until it sets.
  5. 5
    Remove the tray from the freezer. Fill the water to halfway. Add another violet flower facing down. Freeze again.
  6. 6
    Remove the tray from the freezer. Fill to the top. Return to the freezer to freeze completely.

Method 2
Crushed Violet Flower Petal Ice Cubes

  1. 1
    Crush the violet petals in a mortar and pestle. This helps to release their flavor.
  2. 2
    Add a small amount of crushed violet petal to the ice cube tray hole. Sprinkle a little sugar if you want to sweeten the flavor (optional).
  3. 3
    Pour still water into each cube hole.
  4. 4
    Place in the freezer. Chill until completely solid.
  5. 5
    Use. To remove, simply tap the ice cube tray to release the cubes. Add to your desired drink.
    • Garnish the drink with a pineapple chunk, cherry and a violet flower.

Method 3

  1. 1
    Change the ingredients a little to spice up the ice cubes. Here are some suggestions:
    • Add a rose petal for each violet flower as well, to make a combined flower ice cube.
    • Use fruit juice in place of water for children's drinks.
    • Use coconut milk for an exotic ice cube, ideal for alcoholic drinks.
    • Use iced tea in place of water, and a little squeeze of lemon juice.
    • Use viola or pansy flowers in place of violet flowers.[1] Heartsease or v. tricolor is a good choice.[1] These flowers are larger and might make an interesting combination with smaller violet flowers. Note that they may add a mild pea flavor to the drink.[1]


  • Choose an ice cube tray with large holes. That way, the ice cubes will take longer to melt, allowing the pretty flower to hang suspended in the cube within the drink for much longer.
  • Distilled water will produce the clearest ice cube. Boil it, then completely cool it before using, to prevent air bubbles from forming.[2]


  • Ensure that you use unsprayed violets to avoid adding pesticides or chemicals to your drink. If you do not know the origin of the flowers, then they are not suitable for consuming.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice cube tray (large holes)
  • Container for pouring water from (preferably with a lip)
  • Kettle, if boiling water first

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