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Frozen Vodka

Martha Stewart Weddings, 1998

A bottle of icy vodka makes a dramatic bar decoration when it's encased in a frozen layer of colorful flowers and fruit.

 
Place a full bottle into a fully opened cardboard half-gallon milk carton. Insert flowers or thinly sliced fruit (we've used nasturtiums, lemons, and limes) around the bottle, filling one third of the carton. Pour water into the container, just covering the fruit and flowers. Place the carton upright in the freezer. When the liquid is completely frozen, add another layer of fruit and very cold water, and freeze. Repeat, filling and freezing a third of the carton at a time, which prevents all the fruit and flowers from floating to the top until the water reaches the bottle's neck. Remove from the freezer when it's time to serve the vodka: Cut away the milk carton with a utility knife; wrap a dinner napkin around the bottle's base, and serve the vodka with slices of lemon zest tied in knots.

Comments (10)

  • pamelakeith1 25 Jul, 2012

    I did this for one of our events and after about 30 minutes of sitting on the table, one of the guests picked up the bottle and as she lifted it, the bottle slipped right out of the ice and the ice block fell to the table with a big thud. I never tried it again. I love the look and would try this again if I could figure out how to avoid this problem.

  • gardngoyle 19 Jul, 2012

    I have to agree....Looks like something that wows the guest for the first five minutes and then you have a mess.

  • MrsArnow 22 Jun, 2012

    How does this beautiful idea keep from being a melted nightmare?

  • SweetCryss 13 Jun, 2012

    Love this. Never thought about this at all

  • CarolRoman 10 Aug, 2009

    nberge-could you pls forward strawberry lemonaide recipe?

  • dodybird 26 Oct, 2008

    I love it! I using it for party, which is tropical themed!

  • nberge 13 May, 2008

    I have used this for several of my caterings. I have an ice table that I place the bottles in (I have only used citrus slices.) The guests have been very suprised and pleased with the results. I usually serve it with a large jug of Strawberry Lemonade so that the quests can serve themselves. Also the children can enjoy the lemonade.

  • achkorea 8 Mar, 2008

    Vodka and maybe gin would be good because drinks using either of these are best served chilled. I also think too many of these would probably be too much and bordering on tacky.

  • morand 22 Feb, 2008

    It certainly looks nice, but can you use any of the frozen fruit to toss into the glass of Vodka and what happens when the ice starts melting - I would imagine you would have to stand this whole thing in a very large bowl so the water doesn't drip everywhere (or did I not read this right??

  • fireopal 12 Jan, 2008

    Is there any reason to not use a different kind of liquor for this? It would be nice to have a vodka, a rum, a gin, and a whiskey for an ice bar party!