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favor- “ette” friday: how to make a decorative ice ring

Making a decorative ice ring is as easy as freezing water!

I make a big Hanukkah party every year. And since the focus of the evening is my potato latkes, I try to make the rest of the food and drink as easy and streamlined as possible (for those of you unfamiliar with latkes, they are both labor AND time intensive – but soooooooo worth it!).

I order in roasted chicken from a local market, make and freeze all the desserts in advance (like this and this), and serve these with some version of punch.

We usually get a big crowd so the punch needs to be served in a large bowl and kept ice cold. I like to make a pretty ice ring for just this purpose and it is so easy to do.

How To Make a Decorative Ice Ring l sherisilver.com

Start with a tube or bundt pan – the sides can be straight or fluted; just make sure that it is the proper fit for your punch bowl. Fill it about one-fourth with water and freeze. Then add a layer of fruit and/or herbs that complement the punch. Freeze again. Repeat with water and garnish, freezing between each layer, until the pan is filled. When ready to use, turn the pan upside down and hold under warm running water till the ring releases.

There you have it! I’ve included the recipe for the Bourbon-Grapefruit punch I served, and would love to see some of your favorite party beverages (and serving tips!).

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Bourbon-Grapefruit Punch
adapted from Bon Appetit

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
15 fresh mint sprigs, divided
4 cups pink grapefruit juice
2 1/2 cups bourbon
12 dashes angostura bitters
1 cup club soda
1 ice ring

Stir water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat and bring to boil. Add 5 fresh mint sprigs. Remove from heat; cool syrup completely.

Strain syrup into punch bowl. Add juice, bourbon and bitters; mix in soda and 10 mint sprigs. Add ice ring to bowl.

(print this recipe)


This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver
https://sherisilver.com/2011/12/30/favor-ette-friday-making-a-decorative-ice-ring/

How To Make a Decorative Ice Ring l sherisilver.com

8 Comments

  1. Pam on December 10, 2014 at 5:22 am

    If you use distilled water (sold cheap by the gallon in grocery stores) for the ice ring – the ice will be totally clear.

  2. Nana Jacob on December 20, 2015 at 5:17 am

    When I make an ice ring instead of water I use either ginger ale or sprite. It freezes well and adds flavor to the punch. I alternate orange slices, line slices and lemon slices. I also add in a jar if maraschino cherries and include the juice. My lunch recipe us one bottle ginger ale, 1 large can pineapple juice and I large jug Hawaiian punch red. Enjoy!!!

    • sherisilver on December 20, 2015 at 7:24 am

      The ginger ale/sprite is a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  3. The Mixology Diva on December 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the idea for the ice ring to be made in a bundt cake pan. I am making mine as I write this for my Pomegranate Cranberry Punch.
    I would also suggest that the liquid be all or partially the juice that is used in the recipe so as not to dilute the punch as it melts.

    • sherisilver on December 26, 2015 at 10:13 am

      I love that idea and will absolutely do it for my next “ring”! Thanks for writing! 🙂

  4. Sharo Emilson on January 3, 2016 at 8:28 am

    My favourite way to decorate punch is to freeze orange juice (or any juice that complements the punch flavour) in a muffin pan. To each cup, add 3 half slices of thinly cut oranges, lemons or limes to make a rosette pattern and put a maraschino cherry in the middle. Looks very pretty floating in the punch.

    • sherisilver on January 3, 2016 at 8:43 am

      I LOVE this – I can just imagine how pretty that would look! Totally trying this and thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

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