Floral Ice Cubes + Summer Cocktails

You know those things you save on Pinterest but never do anything with? We decided to put an end to that in the form of the floral-infused ice cubes we've been seeing everywhere from craft blogs to Lauren Conrad's instagram. (What? You totally follow her, too.) Since trying our hand at craft cocktails and pretty cubes was the name of the game, we took a rainy Saturday afternoon and set out to make the ultimate summer libations. After all, what better to pair our creative cubes with than a little gin from our local distillery?

Norseman, located in NE Minneapolis, is the first distillery in the city since prohibition. 

Norseman, located in NE Minneapolis, is the first distillery in the city since prohibition. 

After procuring the gin (the most important part) we called up our friendly fox andgo-to mixologist Emma Cutler for a day of cocktail making and tasting. All we needed now were ice cube trays and some fresh flowers and herbs from Emma's parents' South Minneapolis garden. (Thanks Jane and Steve!)

We snagged fresh rose petals, cilantro, and lemon basil, and added them to ice trays that were halfway filled with water. Next, we filled the trays the rest of the way up, put them in the freezer, and set to work figuring out what our cocktails would contain. A quick trip to Trader Joe's resulted in fresh limes and lemons, sugar to make simple syrup, and frozen s'mores ice cream sandwiches because damnit it's Trader Joe's. We let our cubes freeze for about 4 hours while we had impromptu dance parties and ice cream sandwiches. Then, it was time to get to work.

First, there was The Summer Rose: rose petal ice cubes, rose water, St. Germain, prosecco, a hint of manuka honey, a little fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and as much Gin as our merry selves desired.

Next up to bat was the Lemon Basil, Cilantro, Lime Gin Fizz: cilantro and lemon-basil cubes, fresh squeezed lime juice, a splash of bubbly water (or Prosecco!) and more Gin, please. 

At the end of the day, the floral and herb infused cubes lent amazing flavor and depth to some pretty fun drinks. I'll be drinking The Summer Rose all year long. And I think it's safe to say Lauren Conrad isn't having as much fun doing this as we are. JK LYLAS LC.