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Tipsy Thursday 01 // Ice Cube Hack

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a delicious Bourbon Apple Cider, and I said I’d explain how I made the large ice cubes. Today’s the day, lovelies!

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There are quite a few products that make large ice cubes for cocktails (or mocktails, if you please) like this or this. I’d love to have molds like that, and I’m sure I probably will soon because the ice cube spheres are so cool, but in the meantime, here’s a trick for a simple and cheap way to make large, single ice cubes in a large quantity when you just don’t have those sweet silicon molds.

Step 1

Find plastic take-out ramekins, like the ones you get at a restaurant. You can find these at party stores or Costco, but the easiest place is a liquor store, which is where I found them. They’re technically “jello shot cups.”

empty cup


Step 2

Fill each cup a little over 3/4 full. You can definitely fill them up all the way, which result in larger cubes; I just find them harder to get out once they’re frozen.

full cup

Step 3

Fill as many cups as you want and load up on a baking sheet or muffin tin. I recommend a muffin tin to eliminate spillage.

fill cups tray


Step 4

Pop in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or until frozen solid. Overnight is probably best. If the cubes aren’t frozen solid, then they’ll break when you try to pop them out.

Step 5

In order to get them out – without breaking the ice cube or the cup – I wrap my warm hand around the cup, while rotating the cup a few times and gently squeezing. The warmth from your hand will help to melt the ice just a tad and the gentle squeezing helps to start to work it out.

photo (5)

Step 6

Once you’ve worked the ice out enough, you can flip it over a glass and use your thumbs to pop that cube out!

glasses with ice

Step 7

Add your beverage, and enjoy! Find the recipe for Bourbon Apple Cider here!

bourbon apple cider

Have you ever tried something like this? Let me know if you do!