When serving your iced tea in volume, floating an ice ring in it will not only be functional but add beauty as well. They are easy to make, but create a big impression.
On a hot day, molded ice not only chill the tea, but perform multi purposes of providing decoration, a cooling visual effect, and add hints of citrus and floral flavor.
Fruit, flowers, mint leaves, and berries are added in steps throughout the freezing process so that as the
ring melts, all the decoration doesn't float away at once.
Keep in mind when choosing what to use in your ice mold, that certain fruits freeze better than others.
Whole grapes, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are good to use. Also try sliced peaches, lemon or lime rinds, and editable flowers such as pansies.
This iced ring would also be great with tea time punch, a great recipe at my friend, Sandee's website.
What's fun about making iced tea is the versatility of adding garnishes and extra flavors.
Place one third of the decorations in the bottom of a 4-6 cup ring mold. Place in freezer for 20 minutes. Remove and pour 1 1/3 cups of water in mold, covering decorations.
Place back in freezer for 2 hours or until solid.
Repeat above steps two more times, topping off with water, just below the rim of the mold.
To remove ring, place mold in a bowl of warm water until ring loosens.
Cover with foil and place back in freezer until ready to use in your
ice tea or punch.
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