April 07, 2009
You know how I made those cool ice balls before? Well, they really come out looking more like eggs, which inspired me to make some ice eggs for Easter cocktails. Again I just used water balloons filled at the sink.
Note: I experimented with water to see if the powder inside the balloons was changing the taste of the drinks. It does a little, but this can be softened. Since I have to fill these from the tap, the influence of tap (versus filtered) water is present. But I noticed a big improvement when I rinsed these balloons after freezing to remove a slight plasticy taste. So: rinse before filling, then rinse the outside of the ice after freezing.
Then I got to thinking: clear eggs are boring. This is Easter, after all, and the only thing good about Easter is decorating Easter eggs. (Revision: the brunch drinks are another good thing.)
So after filling my balloons with water but before tying them, I added a drop of food coloring to the balloon stem then tied them up. The results are awesome!
c'mon, what did you expect from me?
Posted by: Wilkins | April 07, 2009 at 09:14 PM
Those look fantastic Camper- well done.
Posted by: Martin | April 08, 2009 at 07:28 AM
Posted by: Sam Harrigan | April 09, 2009 at 05:47 AM
This is awesome!!
Posted by: Veggie Wedgie | April 10, 2009 at 10:34 AM
Wish I'd seen this, well, a week ago. Gorgeous!
Posted by: beth - the wine school | April 14, 2009 at 09:51 AM
Gorgeous little ice cubes. All sorts of possibilities for color themed parties as well.
Posted by: Abbey | April 21, 2009 at 06:52 PM
That is WAY awesome! I want to make some.
Posted by: Tami | March 29, 2010 at 04:36 PM
Here's what I'm working on-- instead of using food coloring, I want to try small amounts of different liqueurs and other ingredients. You have to use enough so that the ice gets the color (and flavor, of course) but not so much that the alcohol (if it's a liqueur) makes it impossible to freeze. I'm thinking this will result in a way to sort of "slow release" ingredients and flavors into the drink-- maybe for variations on drinks or different combinations, so that over time your screwdriver becomes a Harvey Wallbanger or your Tom Collin suddenly gets a hint of grenadine.
This would add a new dynamic to drinking these drinks as well, as you would have to be aware of the fact that the longer you enjoy your drink, the more it will taste like whatever's in the drink. (Which is also a factor to consider in making the cubes.) Or you could freeze things like berries and things into cubes!
This is a long comment, sorry.
Posted by: Pete | May 19, 2010 at 11:44 AM
When I said "the more it will taste like whatever's in the drink," of course, I meant "whatever's in the ice."
Posted by: Pete | May 19, 2010 at 11:47 AM
Pete- I've had some really great drinks made with ice made from coconut water, and another one with bitters frozen into the drink. I love your idea that the drink could change from one to another from screwdriver to harvey wallbanger!
Posted by: Camper English | May 19, 2010 at 11:59 AM
A lot more , haha no im just kidding so cute love it
Posted by: Sydney | February 19, 2011 at 11:14 AM