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4 Ways to Use Ice to Make Your Signature Cocktails Even Cooler

Keep your drinks cool in style.

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custom ice cubes with edible flowers
Photography by: Martyna Szczesna

The easiest way to make your event's drinks even prettier? Utilize what you're keeping them chilled with: ice. There are plenty of cute DIY ways to have fun with frozen water at your wedding reception or bridal shower. Try one—or all—of these to keep your guests both impressed and refreshed on the special day(s).

 

Related: Cocktail Hour Ideas from Real Weddings

 

Custom Ice Cubes

Ready for the coolest cocktail hour ever? These ice cubes are practically works of art—Disco Cubes founder Leslie Kirchhoff created ones with die-cut designs and edible blooms like alyssum, geranium, stock, and borage for us, but she can also freeze foods like fruits or veggies, or even add custom designs to her frozen goods. (And yes, she'll ship nationwide.) Now that's how you chill out!

 

Disco Cubes Custom Ice Cubes, from $6 per cube, discocubes.com.

ice shot glass with shrimp
Photography by: Martyna Szczesna

Ice Shot Glasses

Serve a quick sip—or shrimp cocktail (just add the spicy sauce!)—in shot glasses made out of ice. The frosty vessels are simple to make using molds. Plus, they'll help the booze go down easy.

 

Kovot "Cool Shots" Ice Tray, $16.99, walmart.com.

red heart ice cubes
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Heart Ice Cubes

Embrace the event's underlying theme (romance) with love-inspired cubes. Try freezing cranberry juice in heart-shaped trays for a fun pop of color in cocktails.

 

Blush "Ever After" Ice Tray, $11.99, wayfair.com.

ice stirrer with ice fruit slices
Photography by: Martyna Szczesna

Ice Swizzle Sticks

Forget buying drink stirrers! You can DIY your own. We love the idea of freezing lime juice into a lime slice-inspired swizzle stick. The end result will delight guests with its creativity while also adding a hint of flavor to beverages.

 

Martha Stewart Collection "Fiesta" Ice Tray, $19, macys.com.