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. 🙁 Instead, make this flavorful and elegant ice ring.
I’ll bet a lot of you have this very same vintage Tupperware gelatin mold, don’t you?
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:
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:
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.
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.)
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. 3. Insert the mint leaves around the inside and outside edges.
- 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.
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Ah! Done! What do you think? To 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.
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