DIY: Elegant Punch Bowl Ice Ring

Happy first day of summer, y’all!  We need to celebrate with a party! Every party needs a bowl of punch, and we’ll need to keep it cool with ice. But plain old ice is boring and will water it down. πŸ™ Instead, make this flavorful and elegant ice ring.

punch bowl ice ring tutorial

I’ll bet a lot of you have this very same vintage Tupperware gelatin mold, don’t you?

punch bowl ice ring tutorial

I received mine new, as a wedding gift, but it is old enough now to be considered vintage. That makes me feel old! I see these a lot at thrift stores and yard sales.  eBay is full of them, but if you want one, trust me, hit a few estate sales or yard sales, you’ll find one for a buck soon enough.

Those of us who have them, we all got them in the 80’s and 90’s thinking we were going to make beautiful desserts such as this:

punch bowl ice ring tutorial

Source: Jello Mold Mistress.com

But we didn’t, did we?  Anyone?  Anyone at all?  …crickets…  Apparently the Jello Mold Mistress has made enough to have a website!  But Google Images turned up several photos of gelatin mold light fixtures, as well: 

punch bowl ice ring tutorial

Source: Pinterest

Alrighty then!  I’ll keep mine for making my punch bowl ice rings, because it is perfect for that purpose.  If you don’t have a gelatin mold a Bundt cake pan like this will probably work just as well, though I haven’t tried it myself.punch bowl ice ring tutorial

The practical part of this project / recipe is that the ice is made from the very punch you are serving in your punch bowl.  As it melts, it doesn’t water the flavor down, it just basically refills the punch!  Here are the ingredients I used and wow was it yummy.  (Plan to make extra to accommodate the ice ring.)punch bowl ice ring tutorial

The beautiful part of this ice ring are the grapes and mint leaves.  If you can find lemon leaves, that would also make a lovely garnish, but mint leaves work just as well. punch bowl ice ring tutorial

Ready?  Here we go:

1.  Wash the fruit and mint leaves.  Mix up some of your punch in a pitcher.  
2.  Place the grapes around the gelatin mold in alternating colors, making sure some of the grapes stick up above the top of the mold. punch bowl ice ring tutorial3.  Insert the mint leaves around the inside and outside edges.  punch bowl ice ring tutorial

  1.  Pour in your punch mixture, filling it to about 1/3″ from the top.  It expands a bit when it freezes.  Be careful to pour it into a space between the grapes and leaves, so that you don’t displace anything.  But if you do, just replace it when you have filled the mold with the punch.punch bowl ice ring tutorial

  2.  Make room in your freezer before carrying this precarious thing over to it! Then, carefully place it in your freezer.  Allow about 24 hours to freeze.  punch bowl ice ring tutorial

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>fast  forward  24  hours>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Ah! Done! What do you think? punch bowl ice ring tutorialTo loosen, let it sit on the counter a few minutes while you fill your punch bowl with more punch mixture.  If it still won’t come out, let it float in a sink of cold water.  Cold water is still warmer than the freezer, so will loosen it, but I fear hot water might crack that old plastic.  Of course, if you went with the metal cake pan, you could speed things up with hot water.

Carefully pop the ice ring out, turning it over into your other hand or onto a clean towel.  Place it into your punch bowl and enjoy your party!punch bowl ice ring tutorial

Isn’t it pretty how the ice crystals form on the grapes? And the possibilities here are endless.  You could use strawberries and blueberries for Independence Day, colorful citrus slices, and on and on.

Please share your thoughts in the Comments, and be sure to check back in October, when I’ll be sharing my Halloween version of this Punch Bowl Ice Ring.  You won’t want to miss that!

Update – The Halloween Gummy Worm Ice Ring is HERE!

Wishing you peace and happy junkin – Dawn

 

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10 comments

  1. Victoria Lavender says:

    That’s a great idea! Pretty too. I could do this for the punch we’re having on the 4th of July. In Southern AZ you celebrate a lot of the day inside, it’s been over a 100 degrees for over two weeks now. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of little towns doing the “little town thing” on the 4th in AZ….but it’s freaking hot! We have a pool so there will be lots for guests to do. We come out at night. Tucson has a few great places to see Fireworks too. We go downtown, in the Barrio (historic mexican neighborhoods) and just park on the street pointed toward the mountain and see a great show. I grew up out east, but hearing Mexican teja music and watching the families party in their yards is quite exotic , but SO NEAT!

    Come on over to The POST OFFICE Dawn, you’ve got a couple of new great posts you might think about dropping off. And I’d love to help share them.

    Take care sweetie, Victoria

  2. Shelia says:

    Oh, your ice ring is just gorgeous! I’ve made them before but never added the grapes – they really make it beautiful! I had the jello mold too and I don’t believe I ever used it and I’m sure I sold it at a garage sale! πŸ˜‰ But I have used my metal bundt pan to make ice rings with.
    Thank you so much for the compliment on my pictures. My house doesn’t get a lot of natural sunlight and sometimes it’s hard to get the right amount of light. My kitchen is the brightest room in my house. I just turn on all of the lights and try to take my snaps around 10 – 11 am ! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  3. Laura Turner says:

    I LOVE this, and now I’m totally inspired! I think I’ll make this for a really hot August day. You know, my mother and I were two who made the jello salad in the ring back in the 70s and 80s. I bought one about 18 years ago and maybe have made it twice. Now I’m going to have to dig it out of the back of my cabinet! Thanks for linking up with Sunday View!
    Laura

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