Want to perk up a summer event? Use sugared flowers in your summer drinks like iced tea or champagne spritzers. The delicate scent of the flowers coupled with the sugary sweetness will give your guests a pleasant surprise! However, when choosing blooms to make sugared flowers, be careful. Some flowers, even blooms from your own garden, may be toxic. Consult a local home improvement store or nursery for suggestions on which flowers are edible in your zone. After you’ve selected the ones you’ll use for sugared flowers, candy them and freeze them until you need them for summer drinks.
Sugared Flowers Tutorial
For this edible flower tutorial you will need a few supplies including: a baking sheet, parchment paper, water, white sugar, and a small unused paintbrush.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. The paper should be smoothed so the sugared flowers will set evenly.
- Pour 1/3 cup of water in a small bowl and add 1/3 cup of white sugar. With a spoon, mix the sugar water until all the sugar is dissolved.
- Prepare the flowers for sugaring by carefully pulling away leaves and cutting off the stems. For perfect sugared flowers, you want the bloom only. If you see evidence of pests like chewed leaves or petals, toss the flower. A pest may be present.
- Lay the flowers on the parchment paper, spacing them out evenly for better drying. Wet your paintbrush in the sugar liquid. Brush the liquid on to the flower tops to make sugared flowers.
- Brush all the flowers and then wash out the paintbrush and clean the bowl that held the sugary mixture. Freeze the sugared flowers until they have set, at least on hour.
When you are ready to serve the drinks, add one sugared flower to the top of each summer drink.
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