Dress Up Your Cocktail For The Holidays

by Joan on November 29, 2012

As usual, there’s no rest for the weary at our house – that’s why it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve written anything here.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends.  But of course there’s always a back story to everything that happens here.  Our 23 year-old, odd-sized oven went out the afternoon before Thanksgiving when Very Excellent Husband Don turned it on to preheat.  (I was out running errands.)  It kept getting hotter and hotter and would not turn off – he had to throw the breaker so it wouldn’t set the house on fire.  He and Excellent Son Sawyer made what I’m sure were frantic calls to all the appliance stores in the area and came up with a basic model in black.  The old one was out and the new one was on the kitchen floor when I got home.  They put it in and it worked like a charm.

For someone like me who over thinks every purchase, large or small, this was like an early Christmas present.  I couldn’t do any research, price checking or reading of reviews.  We needed an oven and they bought the only one available and installed it.  Without me lifting a single finger.  Yes!  I’m sure it will last us another 23 years.

Anyhow, I recently got a gadget that will up the cool factor at your holiday party, or in our case, anytime we want happy hour to be special!

First, you’ve got to guess what it is.  I’ve already given you a hint – it’s for happy hour.

Hmm, what is is? What does it do?

A few weeks ago we saw a bartender making ice balls out of chunks of ice and a multi-pronged ice pick.  Totally cool, but I was not about to mangle my fingers learning how to do that.  So I did a little research, headed down to the local Sur La Table and got myself some ice molds.

Yup, that’s a perfect ball of ice!

So now if we want a cocktail to be just that much more special, we dress it up with our fancy ice balls.

If you really want to go over the top, fill the molds with boiled distilled water – the ice will be much clearer.  The ice pops out of the molds fairly easy after running some warm water over the outside.  An additional plus is that your drink doesn’t get as watered down with one huge ball of ice.  The only negative that I can come up with is my gin and tonic is not quite as cold as with a glass full of cubes.  It’s a sacrifice for style, I guess.

Now that’s a stylish happy hour!

I don’t think my photos do it justice, but you get the idea!  You can get them at Sur La Table or Amazon.  I think it would make a great gift for the drink connoisseur on your list, don’t you?

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Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods November 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I would have freaked out about the oven, too! I always research and overanalyze EVERY purchase like you. No matter how big or small! My husband is like yours and will just go out and buy something new if needed.

I love the ice balls! So neat! I’ve never seen or heard of a tool like that but it would come in really handy during the holidays.
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Nancy December 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I can’t wait to have an ice ball cocktail!
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Mary@Fit and Fed December 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I totally get how nice it is to be able to skip the research phase. This fall I needed a new pot and did a bunch of research and even visited a couple of stores, all without actually making a purchase. When I really needed that size of pot, I ended up asking my boys to pick me up an inexpensive one to tide me over while they were out at Target.
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