A Cool Way to Make Ice for Party Punches

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(Image credit: Lisa Freedman)

The party problem: Holiday punches get warm too quickly.

The party trick: Use popsicle molds to make giant ice cubes.

I don’t have a punch bowl for three reasons. For one, it’s not 1920. I also don’t have a ton of storage space and I don’t love how easy it is for other foods to fall into a wide-mouthed bowl of liquid. I’ve seen a deviled egg fall into a punch bowl before — and it’s not pretty!

On the annual occasion when I do make a holiday punch, I serve it in a simple pitcher (this one, to be exact), and I have to keep it cold somehow. I know people have been making punch bowl ice rings in Bundt pans for decades, but that doesn’t exactly work for a pitcher of punch. And unfortunately, regular ice cubes melt too fast to sit in a pitcher. What to do? Use Popsicle molds! It’s not like you’re using them in the winter for anything else.

I have these fun star-shaped Popsicle molds from Tovolo, which seem extra festive for a holiday party. I just fill them up with water and freeze (without the sticks). Right before the party, I run a bit of warm water around each mold to release the ice. Then I plop a few into the pitcher and that’s it. Because they’re so big, they tend to float toward the bottom of the pitcher as you pour, which means no worrying about them falling into a cup and making a splatter.

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