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!).
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.
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. Another party “essential”? Paperless Post. It makes sending invites and tracking guest responses so easy. I love the choice of designs and LOVE LOVE the gentle “reminder to RSVP” option the very most (wink-wink).
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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.
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver