Vodka gets a bad reputation for being boring, so we found a way to get people excited to drink the neutral spirit: Encase it in an extravagant ice block that’s adorned with flowers and fruit. This showstopping centerpiece is super easy to make, and it will look impressive on both your Mimosa bar and Instagram feed. While you can freeze any bottle of alcohol—the ice block is more for show than practical use—vodka is best served ice cold and will be ready to savor after the ice has melted. Just be sure to have another chilled bottle on hand to serve thirsty guests, as pouring drinks from an ice sculpture is a bit unwieldy.
How to Make a Gorgeous Vodka Ice Block and Win Your Next Party
- Scissors and/or knife
- Stovetop and small saucepan
- Slender vodka bottle
- 1 large bottle of distilled water
- Half-gallon carton of milk or juice
- Variety of large and small flowers (sunflowers, gerberas, etc.)
- Variety of fruit slices (lemons, oranges, etc.)
Boil distilled water and cool completely to ensure the ice is as clear as possible.
Wash out a half-gallon carton of milk or juice, and cut off the top using scissors or a knife.
Place a vodka bottle in the center of the container, making sure there is an even amount of space on all four sides.
Fill the carton halfway with water, pouring gently to minimize agitation. Gently tap the sides of the carton and the neck of the bottle to release air bubbles.
Slice fruit into approximately half-inch thick slices. We used lemons, limes, oranges and a pink grapefruit for a variety of colors and sizes. Snip flowers so that stems are completely removed.
Place flowers and citrus slices in the water, wedging them between the bottle and the inner wall of the milk carton to keep them submerged. It should be a tight squeeze, and you may need to use the back of a utensil to shove the flowers and fruit to the bottom of the carton. You won’t be able to see your arrangement through the carton, so mentally take note of what fruit slices and flowers you’ve already used so you have an even spread and variety of colors.
Once flowers and fruit slices are tightly packed on the bottom half of the carton, fill with more water until it is mostly full, and repeat the process with more fruit and flowers. The water will rise slightly, so do not fill water to the very top of the carton.
Place in a flat, level area of the freezer so that the carton can stand upright on its own, and freeze overnight.
When you are ready to display the block, remove the milk carton by running it under cold water briefly. Pull the bottle out of the carton by the neck. If desired, chip or scrape small amounts of ice from the corners to give the block a rounded appearance.
Place the ice-encased bottled on a serving tray to catch liquid as it melts (it will stay intact for at least an hour). Use as a centerpiece for a bar, and prepare for much oohing and ahhing.