Thanksgiving

How to DIY an Ice Ring for Punch

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November 18, 2014

This article is brought to you by our friends at Electrolux as part of an ongoing series focusing on seasonal ingredients for the holidays. This month, we're talking about cranberries.

Today: Make some room in your freezer -- this is the easiest way to impress your holiday guests.

 

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The holidays are your chance to pull out all the stops. It's the season to dust off the china you tucked away from your wedding registry along with the cookie press, trifle bowl, and copper serving tray you've been hiding. It's also the time to ditch single-serving cocktails, take that punch bowl down from the top shelf, and serve your boozy drinks by the ladleful.

More: Pair your punch with one of these festive crostini.

A great holiday party is only as good as its punch, and a good punch has to be cold. You don't even need a recipe -- but you do need ice. And while you could just chuck a whole tray of ice cubes into your punch bowl, the holidays call for a little more finesse -- that's where the ice ring comes in. A glorified ice cube of sorts, it's not only practical (it keeps your punch cold without watering it down), it's also the simplest way to impress your guests.

This article was brought to you by Electrolux, who's all about great taste and the appliances to help you make beautiful meals in your own kitchen. Learn more here.

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Sheela Prakash is a food and wine writer, recipe developer, and the author of Mediterranean Every Day: Simple, Inspired Recipes for Feel-Good Food. Her writing and recipes can be found in numerous online and print publications, including Kitchn, Epicurious, Food52, Serious Eats, Tasting Table, The Splendid Table, Simply Recipes, Culture Cheese Magazine, Clean Plates, and Slow Food USA. She received her master's degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, holds Level 2 and Level 3 Awards in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), graduated from New York University's Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, and is also a Registered Dietitian.

3 Comments

Mar P. November 18, 2014
I'd make the ring with concentrated fruit punch so, as it melts, it would add flavor to the bowl.
Normal water would dilute the punch as it melts and it could end in something too watery.
 
FloraTheMachine November 19, 2014
That is genius. I was thinking that during the video.
 
mcs3000 November 18, 2014
Groovy.