I wanted a little something extra to take to my best friend’s holiday party last week so I endeavored to make a Christmassy ice bucket. Unfortunately my first two attempts to create this festive champagne bucket failed miserably and I didn’t solved the puzzle in time for the party. However, I couldn’t give up until I finally unlocked the secrets of creating this melting work of art and I am here to share them with you. Just in time for your pre-Christmas dinner toast!
You will need:
- Hand full of rosemary
- Fresh cranberries
- Large champagne bucket
- Empty jar that is slightly larger then the champagne you intend to serve. I used a dill pickle spear jar on my third try and it worked perfectly.
- Cake stand or serving plate to put it on as it will melt gradually.
- Make sure you have a full day before you intend to use your ice bucket.
- Place your champagne bucket in the freezer with approximately two inches of water at the bottom. Add a hand full of cranberries and a few sprigs of rosemary. I chose to stand my rosemary up and out of the water on three sides.
- After your base layer is frozen (1-2 hours), center your empty pickle jar. Add about a half an inch of water around the jar and a couple more cranberries. This step is important to ensure the jar is stabilized. If you try to add enough water to finish the ice bucket the jar will float and ruin your process. (This is the mistake I made on attempt number 2).
- Once the jar is frozen in place (1 hour) you can add the rest of the water or you can break it into a few more layers to maximize cranberry/rosemary content.
- If you choose to finish up all at once then your final layer will take upwards of 3-5 hours. I left mine over night to be sure.
- Once you are ready to use your ice bucket pull the whole thing out and put it in the sink. Fill the empty jar up with hot water and slowly try to work it out of the ice bucket. It may take a few times of emptying and refilling the jar with hot water but eventually it will melt the ice around it just enough for you to wiggle it out. If the ice bucket hasn’t released from your metal champagne bucket yet go ahead and run warm water on the outside and it will come out soon enough.
- Put the whole thing on a cake stand for extra height, add your bottle of pre-chilled champagne and enjoy!
I hope my three failed attempts and ultimate victory inspires you to create this ice sculpture for your holiday table this weekend. Merry Christmas friends and a happy happy New Year!!