Vibrant DIY Ice Rings For Party Punch

Tropical Cherry Party Punch

Vibrant DIY Ice Rings For Party Punch

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Tropical Cherry Party Punch 

Refreshing party punch made with Kool-Aid® Easy Mix, pineapple juice, lemon lime and ginger ale soda with an assortment of fresh fruit to garnish with.

There’s nothing quite a tall glass of cool Tropical Cherry Punch to hit the spot on a warm spring day.  With spring holidays Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Cinco De Mayo, graduation, birthdays and family reunions all coming up, this is the perfect drink to celebrate with.  It’s also great to have for picnics and BBQ’s!  Head to your local Walmart® to find everything for this recipe!

 With spring here and everyone heading outside to enjoy the beautiful warm weather, play sports and have outdoor family parties and cookouts, this party punch is a must for entertaining and sports.

 Staying hydrated couldn’t get any easier with this simple and easy party punch recipe.  Whether it’s the first day of spring or the last day of summer, party punch is a great recipe the whole family will love.

 Kool-Aid® Easy Mix is quicker and easier than ever to use.  Simply add this convenient liquid mix to any beverage to add flavor.

Kool-Aid® Easy Mix is great to use during busy spring and summer months.  Everyone s to enjoy the weather outside and cooling down with a nice cold beverage is what we all .

In a large pitcher, combine lemon lime soda and ginger ale.

Carefully pour 1/4 cup Tropical Punch Kool-Aid® Easy Mix and 1/4 cup Cherry Kool-Aid® Easy Mix into the pitcher.

Pour in pineapple juice and gently stir.  To garnish, gently add pineapple rings to the pitcher.  Sliced lemons and oranges can be added as well.

Pineapple rings will sink to the bottom at first, then float after a few minutes.  Add ice cubes if desired.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Kool-Aid® Easy Mix is easy to use and comes in a bottle fit with a cap. To use, carefully pour mixture into a beverage and that’s it!  That’s right guys, it’s so easy and convenient to use.  Just add water.  Everything is already done!  Kool-Aid® Easy Mix uses 50% less sugar than leading regular sodas.  Now, that’s a beverage everyone can truly enjoy!

 Head to your local Walmart® store and find Tropical Punch Kool-Aid® Easy Mix and Cherry Kool-Aid® Easy Mix in the Juice/Drink Mix aisle.

 Once there, you will find three flavors that include Grape, Tropical Punch and Cherry.  Go ahead and try all three, it’s very affordable.  All the flavors are wonderful and take me back to childhood.

 They are really great to have around and are easy to make.

While you’re there at Walmart®, pick up pineapple juice, pineapple slices, lemon lime soda, ginger ale soda and sliced fruit.

To see a Kraft Kool-Aid® Easy Mix Demo, check out this list here to see when it’s coming to a location near you!

What’s your favorite way to use Kool-Aid® Easy Mix?  There are so many ways to use it.  For more delicious recipe ideas, be sure to check out Kraft Kool-Aid® Easy Mix recipes, here.

Tropical Cherry Party Punch Recipe

  • 1/4 cup Tropical Punch Kool-Aid® Easy Mix
  • 1/4 cup Cherry Kool-Aid® Easy Mix
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 6 cups lemon lime soda
  • 3 cups ginger ale soda
  • To Garnish
  • Pineapple rings
  • Lemons/oranges (, sliced)
  • 2 cups ice (, optional)
  • In a large pitcher, combine lemon lime and ginger ale soda. Stir in pineapple juice. Carefully stir in Tropical Punch Kool-Aid® Easy Mix and Cherry Kool-Aid® Easy Mix. Stir in 2 cups ice, optional.
  • To garnish, add pineapple rings and sliced lemons and oranges and gently stir. *Pineapple rings will sink at first then float within a few minutes.
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Easy Party Punch

Vibrant DIY Ice Rings For Party Punch

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This Easy Party Punch is my go- to drink for every family get together and holiday. Everyone loves it and it is so simple with just 3 ingredients!

I have been making this Easy Party Punch for ages. I think the idea came from one of my mother in law’s cookbooks and I made a few adjustments to simplify it and it’s always the hit of any party!

I love having drinks that both the kids and adults enjoy but I love having something special for the kids and not just cocktails for the adults. I will skip the cocktail for this Easy Party Punch every single time.


This week my middle son will celebrate his fourteenth birthday.  In my mind, my boys should never progress past the age of 8, but real life doesn’t quite work that way, does it?

For birthdays, holidays, and any family get together, I always mix up a batch of this punch. Every one, kids and adults love it and it really couldn’t be easier.

Let’s face it, when you are having a party you need some easy recipes in your arsenal. This one is definitely a keeper. I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand for last minute entertaining.

Easy Party Punch Ingredients:

  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Ginger Ale

Full Printable Recipe at the bottom of this post.

If you are entertaining friends or family it doesn’t have to be stressful. The whole idea is to enjoy the company of the ones you love. Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for help.

I always have someone bring the paper plates and plastic cups- No Dishes! It’s always easy for someone to bring a couple of bags of ice.

I try to put the clutter away and sweep the floor but otherwise, I don’t stress too much over the house. I know everyone is there to enjoy the company and the food. If you are relaxed, your guests will be too.

If you are looking for more kid friendly party drinks:

Summer Berry Punch

Strawberry Mango Coolers

Pineapple Lemonade

Easy Strawberry Limeade Punch


  • If you are having a big crowd just double the recipe.
  • You can also freeze a little of the punch in your Bundt pan to make a punch- ice ring to keep it cool in the punch bowl.
  • I always save the ginger ale bottle in case there is a little left.  I pour the leftovers back into the bottle and it will still be carbonated the next day, but usually it disappears down to the last drop.

I have been making this Easy Party Punch since my boys were little.

We love it for birthday parties, the Super Bowl, and basically every holiday July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve even made it for school parties.

It’s so bright and pretty and it’s really refreshing. I love serving it up in my favorite mason jars, they add the perfect laid back feel to any party. Don’t you agree?

I took a few new photos to update this post and can’t really believe that it’s been seven years since I first shared this recipe! It continues to be popular year after year and I hope that you will give it a try at your next get together.

DIY Punch Ice Rings

Vibrant DIY Ice Rings For Party Punch

These DIY punch ice rings are the perfect addition to a punch bowl! Easy to make and so beautiful, you can really get creative. They really elevate a party punch!

Anytime I make a punch for a party, it always has an ice ring! These DIY ice rings add such a charming, vibrant touch to the punch bowl, all while keeping the punch cold.

They’re also incredibly easy to make! You just need to freeze them the night before.

How to Make Ice Rings

  • To make these charming Ice Rings, all you need is a bundt pan (size it to your punch bowl), water and ingredients!
  • Fill the pan with water, then add whatever you want.
  • Don’t go light on the ingredients either, pack them down in the bundt pan and let them stick the water. The more ingredients you have, the better it looks when it’s frozen!
  • When the ice ring is frozen, run some warm water over the bundt pan and then it should come out very easily.

Choosing Ingredients For Your Ice Rings

You can choose the ingredients for the the punch recipe you’re making. There are so many options for DIY ice rings and really anything edible works. We’ve added flowers, cinnamon sticks, citrus slices, spices, herbs, etc.

The other great thing is when you’re freezing the ice ring, you can add 3/4 water and the other 1/4, whatever juice, tea or liquor you’re using in the punch. Sometimes I make a delicious spiked tea punch and I use both water and the tea to create my ice ring.

Ideas For Ice Ring Fillings

Here are some of the combinations we did for the 3 rings you see here.

1. Dried Hibiscus flower (they turned the ice ring pink!), oranges and cloves.

2. Pears, edible flowers, cinnamon sticks and black berries.

3. Apples, rosemary and star anise.

Keep your Drink Cold for Longer with These Ice Rings!

Punch is super-easy to make and eliminates the need for a full bar, which can be costly. The only problem is keeping the punch cold while it sits on the table. Even if you start with chilled ingredients, if the punch is being kept at room temperature, it will inevitably lose its chill. 

These ice rings are not only beautiful and impressive but also they’re a much better option then simply dumping a tray of ice cubes into the punch. Small, individual ice cubes will melt quicker and dilute the drink.

An ice ring will melt much more slowly, keeping the punch potent and tasty!

Use a Ladle For Your Punch

A Ladle is not only the easiest way to dispense punch from the bowl, it also has a couple other nifty uses.

The ingredients in your punch will settle after a while, use a ladle to stir the punch from time to time. It’s also good etiquette to regularly ladle punch from the bottom of the bowl and pour it over the ice ring, to keep an even coolness.

Top Tips for Punch Ice Rings

  • Make sure to use a bundt cake pan that fits the size of your punch bowl.
  • Pack your ingredients into the ring, don’t skimp!
  • Run warm water over the frozen pan, to remove the punch ice ring without breaking it.
  • Ladle the punch intermittently over the ice ring, to keep the drink evenly chilled.

Check Out These Delicious Punch Recipes

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  • To make these charming Ice Rings, all you need is a bundt pan (size it to your punch bowl), water and ingredients!
  • Fill the pan with water, then add whatever you want.
  • Don’t go light on the ingredients either, pack them down in the bundt pan and let them stick the water. The more ingredients you have, the better it looks when it’s frozen!
  • When the ice ring is frozen, run some warm water over the bundt pan and then it should come out very easily.

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31 Simple Punch Recipes for Your Next Party

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View as slideshow Taste of Home This punch looks so pretty with all the colorful fruit floating in the bowl. It has a refreshing taste and is easy to put together. —Dawn Shackelford, Fort Worth, Texas

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Taste of Home If you're looking for something special for those holiday celebrations, this is your punch! The mixture of ice cream and fruit makes a refreshing, delicious treat that the kids will love. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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Taste of Home I searched high and low for the perfect punch recipe and finally decided to create my own. This sipper is a big hit at parties, especially weddings. In summer I freeze fresh peaches and fresh strawberries; if you don't have fresh fruit, store-bought frozen fruit works just as well. —Linda Hall, Evington, Virginia

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Taste of Home A cold glass of refreshing punch really brightens a brunch. It's nice to serve a crisp beverage this that's more spectacular than plain juice. With bananas, orange juice and lemonade, it can add tropical flair to a winter day. —Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

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Taste of Home Forget sugary (and boring) sodas for your next potluck and treat your family and friends to a refreshing homemade punch. —Crystal Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

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Taste of Home Rhubarb grows abundantly in our large farm garden. I'll make this punch for summertime gatherings or for special occasions with our extended family. —Ina Frey, St. Clemens, Ontario

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Taste of Home Every celebration deserves a gorgeous punch this one – fruity, bubbly and icy cold. We garnish the punch bowl with slices of oranges, lemons or limes. —Sharon Tipton, Winter Garden, Florida

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Taste of Home With just five basic ingredients, this wonderfully tangy punch couldn't be much simpler to stir together. —Suzette Jury, Keene, California

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Taste of Home This pretty fruit punch has just the right amount of sweetness. The ice ring keeps it cool for hours without diluting the flavor.
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Taste of Home We make this punch for our annual Christmas brunch, and everyone loves it! I usually triple this recipe for a bigger crowd and garnish the punch with an orange-tangerine ice ring made several days ahead of time. —Kathy McKay, Acworth, Georgia

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Taste of Home This refreshing punch is convenient because you can make it ahead of time and just add the ginger ale just before serving. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Taste of Home To make this punch even more festive, float an ice ring in the punch. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Taste of Home For a twist on the usual fruit punch, try a flavored coffee with ice cream, brought together just before serving. — Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona

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Taste of Home This recipe explodes with raspberry flavor! It's a wonderful summertime treat.—Doreen Patterson, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

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Taste of Home I've been making this for more years than I care to say, and I think this is the best punch ever. —Marlene Meimann, Queensbury, New York

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Taste of Home Cute cranberry-filled ice molds in fun shapes float in this refreshing five-ingredient fruit punch. It's easy to stir up and serve right away. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Taste of Home This frothy refresher topped with lime sherbet is a longtime family favorite and the best punch I’ve ever had. It’s fast, festive and easy to mix up for a variety of occasions. —Mary Ray, Raccoon, Kentucky

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Taste of Home Toast the happy couple at your next bridal shower with a fun and fruity drink! It’s the perfect refreshment on a hot day. —Kelly Tran, Salem, Oregon

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Spring Entertaining: The Party-Punch Ice Ring

Vibrant DIY Ice Rings For Party Punch

Spring Entertaining

Southern Socials 

The Party-Punch Ice Ring

Spring welcomes a host of celebratory worthy affairs. From bridal showers to garden parties, each deserves a special sipper that calls to be served in punch cups.

If traditional glasses are difficult to locate, a modern wine glass with simple, clean lines can be used as they are low & wide with approximately an 8-oz capacity.

To keep the beverage well chilled during the gathering, a beautiful ice ring can be prepared in advance & added to the punch bowl just before guests arrive. Ice rings can be molded in just about anything & a good one need not be complex.

A variety of bright seasonal fruits, berries & even fresh herbs can be arranged in the container then filled with anything from lemonade to juices. Once frozen & added to the punch bowl, the ice ring not only maintains the temperature, but it gently flavors the sipper further as it melts. Learn how to make the quintessential accessory to any afternoon reception, the party-punch ice ring.

Strawberry-Lemon Ice Ring
makes 1

10 to 12 strawberries1 large lemon, thinly sliced

3 cups lemonade

Slice the stems away from the strawberries creating a straight line. Do not hull. Cut some of the berries in half & cut several into slices. Arrange the lemon slices & the strawberries in a decorative pattern in a 14-cup bundt cake pan. Carefully pour the lemonade down the side of the inside of the pan to keep the design in place. Freeze the mixture 12 hours.

Fill a large prep bowl halfway up the sides with hot water. Submerge the base of the bundt pan in the water until the ice ring begins to loosen from the sides. Place the ice ring in the punch bowl. Pour the main beverage recipe around it.

{helpful advice}

How To Make The Party-Punch Ice Ring

The punch bowl is most certainly a focal point of many southern socials as it not only provides a welcome refreshment but it generally has a storied history dating back several generations within the family.

The bowls can be made from silver with exquisite designs etched in them or crystal versions ranging from simple to more complex.

But every southern woman knows it is the ice ring that truly crowns these beauties from the inside out for any celebratory gathering. 

The Technique

Punch can be made from just about anything your so please. A simple bottle of champagne can be dressed for any occasion with this particular combination of flavors but fresh, fruity & sparkly are always good starting points. A few pieces of equipment will be needed in order to complete the task. Read through the recipe instructions before beginning. Here’s what you should know.

No. 1

Slice the stems away from the strawberries creating a straight line. Do not hull. Cut some of the berries in half & cut several into slices. Arrange the lemon slices & the strawberries in a decorative pattern in a 14-cup bundt cake pan.

No. 2

Carefully pour the lemonade down the side of the pan to keep the design in place. Freeze the mixture 12 hours. Fill a large prep bowl halfway up the sides with hot water. Submerge the base of the bundt pan in the water until the ice ring begins to loosen from the sides. Place the ice ring in the punch bowl. Pour the main beverage recipe around it.

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20 Best Punch Recipes for Parties – Alcoholic Party Punch Drinks

Vibrant DIY Ice Rings For Party Punch

You should probably just double the recipes.

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Don't forget to pin these punch ideas for your next get together and follow Redbook on Pinterest for more inspiration! 

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Pomegranate Orange Punch

It's easy to make punch when you have a bottle of champagne on hand. Using bubbly as the base, add in some ginger beer, orange juice, and fruit.

Get the recipe at How Sweet It Is.

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Blueberry Gin and Sage Punch

For a drink that's both light and delicious, try this gin-based punch that's flavored with a blueberry sage-infused simple syrup.

Get the recipe at Feasting at Home.

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Sherbet Holiday Punch

Who wouldn't want to drink punch topped with raspberry sherbet? This version is non-alcoholic, but it's easy to make it boozy.

Get the recipe at Cincy Shopper.

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Cranberry and Mint Rum Punch

If you've ever wanted to try a Caribbean-inspired holiday cocktail, this is the one for you. Made with rum and cranberry-infused simple syrup, it's vibrant and just waiting to be sipped on.

Get the recipe at Foolproof Living.

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Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch

Everyone's favorite autumn drink is even better when it's spiked.

Get the recipe at Brown Eyed Baker.

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Cognac Punch

This is a contender for “winner of best use of dry white wine” for how its three-bottles worth balances the sugar. 

Get the recipe at Food 52.

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Autumn Bourbon Sangria

If full-bodied reds are your thing, this puts a bottle of Malbec to great use. 

Get the recipe at The Life Styled.

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Best Champagne Punch

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Harvest Shandy

This gets its flavorful fizz from pumpkin beer. 

Get the recipe at Lemon Blossoms. 

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Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch

Could this be the mimosa replacement you didn't know you wanted? Possibly. 

Get the recipe at Spoon Fork Bacon.

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Apple and Pear Sangria

Seasonal fruits take the summer big-batch favorite into colder months. 

Get the recipe at Love Grows Wild. 

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Cranberry Limeade Holiday Champagne Punch

This is a Capri Sun for grown-ups — and all you have to do is pour and mix and you've got a big batch of effervescent, refreshing deliciousness.

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

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Cranberry Orange Holiday Punch

With apples, oranges, cranberries, and organic and gluten-free sweetener Agave in the Raw, this punch is practically good for you.

Get the recipe at The Gunny Sack.

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Eggnog Punch

It wouldn't be the holidays without some kind of twist on the classic eggnog cocktail. This non-alcoholic version calls for a gallon of ice cream — yum.

Get the recipe at Recipe Girl.

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Jingle Juice Holiday Punch

The secret to making this holiday punch extra festive is all in the ice cubes: freeze some cranberries and rosemary inside for a pretty touch.

Get the recipe at Inspired by Charm.


Keep Cool! Try These 15 Fabulous Flavored Ice Cube Ideas

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Why not infuse ice with your favorite summer flavors? It’s the perfect vehicle for fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers and takes any beverage to chilled perfection. Click through for creative ice cubes that will surprise and delight your guests in addition to cooling them down.



Ren Fuller

Freeze the fruit in pieces to keep your water, seltzer, or lemonade cold. Snack on them afterward to sneak in potassium, an electrolyte that can stabilize blood sugar. Here's how: Halve 1 English cucumber lengthwise; seed. Cut into 2-inch pieces; freeze on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet until solid, at least 4 hours. Transfer to freezer bags to store.

Diane Fields

Don't toss celery leaves, make ice cubes instead! Serve in Bloody Marys or Sparkling Celery Gimlets for a match made in heaven.

Have leftover celery? Juice it along with fennel, add fresh lemon juice and salt, and freeze. The resulting celery ice is crazy good in Danish Marys.


Con Poulos

Combine fresh sage leaves and agave syrup to make a fragrant herbal brew. Freeze it and serve the cubes with smoky mezcal for the simplest summer cocktail.

Raymond Hom

These pastel ice balls are as easy as they are stunning. Mix water with a liqueur such as creme de cassis or Aperol and freeze until solid. Serve in a clear cocktail or soda water to show off the tinted ice.

Raymond Hom

Get the Floral Ice Cubes Recipe

Here's a cool new way to savor the beauty of flowers: freeze them in ice cubes to brighten drinks. Only use edible varieties, blooms such as orchids, nasturtiums, pansies, and snapdragons that have been grown to be eaten.



The first sip is just right, but by the time you get to the bottom of a long, cool glass of iced coffee, you're drinking a watery shadow of your former beverage. If the ice is made from coffee, it won't dilute your drink as it melts. Freeze hot coffee (or tea, if you prefer) in an ice-cube tray, then use the cubes to cool your brew.

A non-baking use for your muffin tin! Fill the cups with layers of thinly sliced lemons, limes and oranges, cover with water, and freeze. Add the giant ice cubes to the party punch at your next barbecue.

Freeze fresh lemonade, limeade, or the fruit nectar of your choice in an ice cube tray. Top with sparkling water and lime slices for the most refreshing fruit coolers.


Creepy-crawly ice cubes will make any kid (or playful adult) squirm with delight. All you need is bug-shaped gummy candies, water, and an ice cube tray!

Freeze any juice — we used grapefruit — in an ice cube tray. Add to any drink that has the fruit in common. We love boosting the grapefruit flavor in Rooibos Tea and Grapefruit-Ade and Ruby Red Tequila Cocktails. Or pulse some fruity cubes in the food processor to make easy frozen granita.


Cut watermelon into cubes, place on a baking sheet, and freeze. Serve in vibrant watermelon-basil margaritas — the “ice” will keep the drinks cold and make a great snack.

Mike Krautter

As summer fades to fall, we’ve still got your ice situation covered. Cranberries frozen in ice cubes are the perfect festive punch garnish. Pop them into the boldly named and flavored Adonis Punch or our favorite Christmas Punch.

Is it Halloween yet? Even if it isn’t, these eyeball ice cubes made of radishes and pimiento-stuffed olives are a delight. Add to martinis for adults and flavored seltzer for kids.