DIY ice buckets

The biggest party fail a host could ever commit is running out of ice. Ice is essential to making drinks (read, cocktails) and therefore necessary for any great party. So naturally, to up your party game you have to up your ice game. It’s that simple.

But ice doesn’t have to be simple. You could invest in interesting ice molds, or just one huge spherical one. You could make a big bowl of punch with a giant ice ring in the center. OR, even better, you can make an entire bucket out of ice to keep bottles chilled, for things like wine and liquor. That’s the real winner. Plus, it’s easy to dress up ice buckets with fresh fruit and herbs for a little pizazz.

How is it done? (By

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  • Carefully cut of the tops of the 2 liter soda bottles. Wash well and remove labels. Place the liquor bottles inside.
  • Pour the water in.
  • Place the citrus slices, cranberries, herbs, and whatever else you like, in the water, making sure to pack it in as best as you can.
  • Place in the freezer overnight and remove just before guest arrive. Use a pair of scissors to cut the side of the plastic and peel away and then your DIY Ice Buckets are ready to use. Be sure to store on a plate or platter to catch any drips.

And so, you are now ready to PARTY!


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