The party invites are sent, and you chose the punch recipe. Now learn how to make an ice ring for punch that doubles as a pretty centerpiece. Layer fresh fruits, herbs, and even edible flowers to make a beautiful ring of ice. If you don't have time to freeze a whole ring, we've got ideas for ice cups and ice shards, too.
An ice ring can keep your beverage cold for an hour or more, making it perfect for parties. You can use a 10-inch tube pan or a fluted cake pan for your mold. Silicone pans work especially well and make unmolding easier. Make sure the ice ring will fit into your punch bowl. To make sure the ice ring does not dilute the punch as it melts, use extra punch or other flavorful liquids instead of water for the ice ring.
How to fill the pan:
How to freeze and unmold:
Smaller ice cups can make it easier to ladle punch out of the bowl. To create the ice cups:
Ice shards work great in individual glasses if you're forgoing the punch bowl in favor of a pitcher, or if you just want to add a pretty garnish to individual party drinks. To make ice shards: