Can you believe it, spring is here, and summer is just around the corner, which means summer parties and entertaining will soon be in full force.
During the summer ice melts fast and can dilute your drinks, that’s why I almost never use plain ice cubes in the punch bowl. I usually make my own decorative ice ring. It’s simple to do with a little pre-planning, just freeze your ice ring a day or two before the party, with some of the punch you plan to use for the party.
I use a Jello mold, or Bundt pan to freeze my ice ring in. To make the ice rings I show here I used a Wilton Silicone Mini Fluted Tube Pan. It released the finished ice rings without much fuss.
To add texture and color to your ice rings add in season fruit like strawberries, or lemons slices. You can also add fresh mint leaves, lemon balm, or edible flowers to the mold.
Fill the rest of the mold with some of the juice you’re using to make your punch. If you use juice instead of water, when the rings start to melt your punch will not be diluted. Freeze the rings a few hours, or a few days before your party.
I used strawberries and lemons in one of the rings, in the other two rings I used mint leaves, and lilac blooms. You can use your favorite herbs, or berries to add flavor to your ice rings, mandarin oranges are also fabulous!