Make the most out of summertime with a refreshing cocktail recipe

Here’s your chance to freeze summertime and slow down with a perfect cocktail recipe to make at home. Featuring stylish edible floral ice cubes, this summery Thyme Flies cocktail was created by our Bethesda bar! While it’s not available in restaurant, we’re sharing this special recipe so the next time you’re craving something lightly sweet and refreshing, shake up your vodka & tonic at home and try this instead.

Thyme Flies Cocktail Recipe

Thyme Flies

Best enjoyed on a warm summer night. You can substitute gin for vodka for extra floral taste if preferred.

Making Your Floral Ice Cubes

What kinds of edible flowers can you add to your ice mold? Try squash blossoms, pea flowers, chamomile flowers, chive flowers, violas or nasturtiums as your floral garnishes of choice. Assorted edible flowers can be found at the grocery store seasonally with other fresh herbs.

To make the cubes, fill your ice tray or molds 1/3 with filtered water. Add as many flowers as you’d like, press lightly with your fingertips so they are slightly submerged. Slowly pour the remaining 2/3 water into the molds slowly, using the side of the mold to prevent splashing or causing flowers to clump. Place in freezer and wait 1-2 hours for cubes to be fully frozen.


  • 1.5 oz Tito’s vodka
  • 1 oz Chareau Aloe Liquer
  • .75 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • .5 oz thyme simple syrup


  1. Pour floral ice cubes into cocktail glass
  2. Fill a drink shaker with ice
  3. Pour in your 4 ingredients
  4. Close shaker with lid and shake contents vigorously for 20 seconds
  5. Remove lid and using strainer, strain contents over floral cubes in cocktail glass
  6. Top off with splash of soda water for effervescence