Things You'll Need
- Citrus fruits
- Edible flowers (marigolds, pansies, roses)
- Maraschino cherries
- Punch bowl
- Chopping board
- Glass bowl (smaller than punch bowl)
- Shallow container (equal volume to glass bowl)
Fancy ice molds add a unique decorative quality to serving beverages from a plain punch bowl. Design an ice mold with delicious, colorful fruits and edible flowers to impress your party guests. Surprisingly, these beautiful additions require little skill and time to prepare.
Prepare the Bowl
Clean the fruit and flowers. Peel the citrus fruit, and cut it into thin slices. Slice the strawberries into thin slices, and remove the leaves. Remove the stems and leaves on the flowers, but keep the petals intact.
Take the shallow container and fill it with water. Let it sit at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. Stir the water frequently to get rid of bubbles.
Place the fruit and flowers on the bottom of the glass bowl. Make a design of your choice.
Build the Mold
Pour 1 tbsp. of water from the shallow container on the layer of fruit and flowers. Place the bowl in the freezer, and let it freeze until the fruit and flowers are in the ice.
Take the bowl out of the freezer, and t tbsp. of water over the frozen layer. Place it in the freezer. Freeze the second layer of water until the ice lightly covers the fruit and flowers.
Take the bowl out of the freezer. Place more fruit and flowers in the bowl up the sides. Continuously add a layer of fruit and flowers, freezing it in small amounts of water. Add layers, and freeze the water until the bowl is full of ice.
Using the Mold
Sit the bowl in room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes when you are ready to use it. Alternatively, place the bowl in a larger bowl with warm water for a few minutes.
Let the mold melt until it doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl.
Place the mold in the punch bowl upside down. Pour punch into the bowl over the mold.
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