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.

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Comments (11)

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Anonymous
July 25, 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.
Anonymous
July 19, 2012
I have to agree....Looks like something that wows the guest for the first five minutes and then you have a mess.
Anonymous
June 22, 2012
How does this beautiful idea keep from being a melted nightmare?
Anonymous
June 13, 2012
Love this. Never thought about this at all
Anonymous
August 10, 2009
nberge-could you pls forward strawberry lemonaide recipe?
Anonymous
October 26, 2008
I love it! I using it for party, which is tropical themed!
Anonymous
May 13, 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.
Anonymous
March 8, 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.
Anonymous
February 22, 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??
Anonymous
January 12, 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!