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Fancy & Garnished Ice Cubes: How To

Garnished & Colored: Maraschino cherries, one to each cube, are very appropriate for garnishing. They can be frozen in plain or appropriately tinted cubes. Lemon juice and lemon slices are also desirable additions.

Fruit FilledWhen fruits are to be frozen in this manner, fill the tray one-third full with water, then partially freeze. Add the fruit then freeze. This will hold the fruit in position. Then add water until the tray is about three-fourths full and finish freezing.

Any pure food coloring can be used to color by adding to the water before it is poured into the tray. Be sure to use the right amount of coloring, for delicate tints are always more attractive.

Garnished cubes should be frozen slowly to prevent expansion and cloudiness.

Decorated: Mint leaves, watercress, and candied fruit make very delightful decorating material for ice cubes. Simply put them on the ice cubes and add just enough water to freeze into place.

Decorated and garnished cubes should be frozen slowly, by leaving the freezer control on one of the “warmer” positions. Fast freezing causes rapid expansion which destroys the desired attractiveness.

Source: Your Frigidaire Recipes (1940)

Here’s a great tip when preparing your favorite punch recipe:

You may want to make a little extra punch if the amount you’re making cuts too close to amount needed. It’s no fun having an empty bowl waiting for the rounds to melt before you can serve more.

If alcohol is part of the recipe, pour punch into muffin tins before you add the alcohol. You’ll also want to lessen the alcohol amount added initially since part of your recipe will be frozen–otherwise the first few drinks may be too strong. If you find the beverage is too weak once the rounds begin to melt, you can splash a bit of alcohol into the mix as needed.

You can first add fruit pieces and lime, lemon or orange slices to the muffin tin sections, then pour punch over top if you want to–it can add a nice touch in presentation. Float fruit side up.

More Decorative Ideas:

Instead of citrus slices, you can use a fruit medley if you like (pineapple rings, cherries, grapes, strawberries–whatever you wish).

Tip: Boil water then cool before using it to make ice, makes a very clear ice ring.

Another trick to try: Freeze 7-Up in ice cube trays. Use the tangy cubes to spark party drinks (found on Quick Tricks With 7-Up [1]).

Fruit Filled Ice Ring: Here’s an easy way to jazz up the punch bowl with a fruit filled and flavored ice ring. Make sure to use a mold which can be placed in the freezer.


Punch Recipes

Filled With Fruit SlicesSuitable for a group of 18 people or less

2 quarts ginger ale
1 bottle cranberry juice cocktail (64 oz)
1 can pineapple juice (46 oz)
1 large can frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed)
1 package frozen strawberries (20 oz)

Here’s a fruity slush punch to try:
Suitable for a group of 18 people or less

1 can unsweetened orange juice (46 oz)
1 can pineapple juice (46 oz)
1 cup sugar
1 package frozen strawberries
2 quarts Sprite (ginger ale also works fine)