Keep Your Party Drinks Cold in Frozen Water Balloons
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Who needs ice when you can have balloons?
This look can be surprisingly elegant but still fun!
It’s time to give your party drink bucket a makeover — by filling it with a colorful assortment of frozen water balloons.
Who doesn’t see a filled water balloon and immediately flashback to childhood? Now, your child life and adult life can collide by mixing your wines, beers, and spirits with the nostalgia of a good water balloon fight in the summer. You can customize the color options according to your party's theme, and perhaps by the end of the party, they will all melt, leaving you with a perfect excuse to toss a few around (although we warn you, the effect won’t be the same if they’re frozen).
Water balloons are affordable and often cheaper than buying ice itself, so this is a thrifty way to add spunk, creativity, and functionality to your party essentials. So the next time you stroll through the party store, grab some extra balloons, and keep your drinks cool and party-ready.
How to Make Ice Balls
An ice ball is a large, round piece of ice that melts more slowly than ice cubes. Averaging two inches in diameters, the spherical ice prevents watered-down drinks, so there's no need to worry about your scotch on the rocks, whiskey and cola, or any other cocktail getting too watery before you're done with it.
Ice balls work best for certain types of drinks and there are a few easy ways that you can make ice balls at home. For the average person, an ice ball mold is the most practical and popular option. Easy to find (especially online), you can choose between an aluminum press and a two-piece plastic mold.
How To Keep Drinks Cold At A Party, The Fancy Way (PHOTOS)
Reason number one that summer is the best: you get to eat food, drink drinks and generally revel outside with your friends and loved ones. Reason number one that summer is the worst: your drink gets warm really fast.
We are maybe being just a tiny bit hyperbolic here, but when it comes to ways to keep drinks cold at a party, we can't help but over-achieve. We love drinks, we love parties, we love a little home-entertaining surprise for our guests. You might think we're nerds, until we press a perfectly cold drink in your hand at a backyard BBQ. Then you'll understand the genius.
Here are some ways normal people keep their drinks cold:
Here are some ways you keep drinks cold if you are fancy as hell:
1. Copper Party Tub
This party tub is made of copper. Which means it stays super cold and is insanely expensive. ($199.95 at Williams-Sonoma. I know.)
2. Make The Ice Come To Your Liquor Bottle
Pro Tip: Toss a few slices of citrus in the carton before you freeze it to make it look EXTRA FANCY.
3. On-Ice Beer Dispenser
The ice inside is kept separate from the liquid you pour into the pitcher. Cold beer, zero dilution.
4. The Chillsner
Sort of the same idea as above, but The Chillsner is for your own, individual beer.
5. Frozen Water Ballons
Super festive, plus then you get to throw water balloons at people after they thaw. Get instructions and more party hacks from A Subtle Revelry.
6. Punch Bowl Ice Ring
Get the Fish House Punch recipe from Camille Styles.
7. Rose Petal Ice Cubes
Get the Rose Petal Ice Cubes instructions from Sweet Paul.
8. Layered Ice Cubes
THESE ARE SO FANCY. Get the Layered Ice Cubes instructions from The View From Great Island.
9. Make The Cooler Come To Your Picnic Table
100% brilliant genius, via Reddit.
10. When All Else Fails, Stick A Popsicle In Your Prosecco
Get the Popsicles & Prosecco recipe from Martie Knows Parties.
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7 Tips To Keep Your Cooler CRAZY Cold
Wow! We’ve come a long, long way in cooler technology in the last decade. Super-insulated, roto-molded coolers are at nearly every campsite you visit these days. There are dozens of manufacturers cranking them out, and they’re all pretty danged good. These super-coolers hold ice and keep your food and drinks cold for twice as long as old-style coolers – often 3-4 times as long.
Confidence in the technology makes it easy to get sloppy in loading your roto-molded cooler for maximum efficiency. So here’s a quick refresher course on “Best Cooler Practices.” And … if you stick it out to the end … we’ll share a trick on keeping your beer at the optimal temperature to deliver full flavor.
There you have it – everything you need to know about packing your camping cooler for maximum efficiency … and flavor!
Why drink Ballast Point Fathom IPA at 50F?
Ballast Point Brewing’s Fathom IPA is a sessionable beer with just the right amount of depth. If you chill it so cold the frigidity shocks your taste buds with each swig, you won’t be able to appreciate the zesty orange and piney hops notes they so painstakingly brewed into it. If you’re a guy or gal who loves and lives ICE COLD beer … great! You’re welcome to enjoy your Fathom IPA however you like it, but sometime … just once … give 50 degrees a shot. Keep the Fathom IPA just off the ice … and see what you’re missing. You can find Ballast Point IPA most everywhere these days. Give it a try!
Our 25 Most Popular Party Cocktails
This fruity and refreshing cocktail will keep your guests in high spirits all night long.
The Original Bloody Mary
No Sunday brunch is complete without this classic hair-of-the-dog cocktail.
This sweet and sour sipper is great for a warm summer night.
Candy Cane Vodka
It doesn&apost get much better than homemade infused vodka. Serve it over ice or use it to spike eggnog or hot chocolate.
This bright drink gets its frothy topping from fresh egg whites.
Tipsy Santa Cocktail
Use pompoms and sanding sugar to make these martini glasses look fully Santa-fied!
Make eggnog even more decadent by adding a dollop of your favorite dessert spread.
Switch up your mimosa for one of these brunch cocktails, made with pineapple juice, vodka and, of course, bubbly!
Watermelon and Mint Cooler
This bright and fruity cooler is perfect for a barbecue or block party.
Give this traditional cocktail a spicy kick with homemade jalapeno simple syrup.
Sparkling Grape Cocktails
Keep your drink cold without watering it down by using frozen grapes instead of ice cubes.
Two ingredients are all it takes to create this bright, thirst-quenching cocktail.
Passion Fruit Fizz Sour
A fresh and fruity cocktail is perfect for weekend brunch.
Pecan Pie Martini
During the holidays, it&aposs totally acceptable to shake up some over-the-top cocktails, like this decadent dessert in a glass.
A sweet, blushing cocktail makes the perfect party starter during the holidays.
Blackberry Cooler Cocktail
Relax and refresh with this floral and fruity cocktail.
Apple Pie Shooter
Swing back this shot at Thanksgiving to get the evening started!
Hot Maine Mudslides with Chocolate Biscotti
This recipe lets you prep drinks and dessert at the same time, so you won&apost be stuck in the kitchen all night during your party.
Just like the cookie, this cocktail is spicy-sweet and oh-so delicious!
Blood Red Punch
You probably have most of the ingredients already on hand to make these spooky sippers.
Homemade caramel sauce takes this drink from delicious to decadent.
Sparkling Bourbon Cocktails
Start things right. Leave a few open bottles of wine or champagne on a table in the main mingling area. A help-yourself bar immediately sets the vibe: no fussy formalities here!
Rosemary Ruby Cocktails
A homemade rosemary simple syrup adds a boost of earthy flavor to this bitter-sweet cocktail.
Mulled Hot Cider
No holiday season is complete without a mug or two of warm spiked cider!
Sparkling Cinnamon Punch
Spiced just right, this bubbly cocktail pairs well with savory dishes at dinnertime.
Cookout Hacks to Make Summer a Blast
Keep bugs out of your drinks by using cupcake liners to cover cups!
Have a Sm’ores party – even if you don’t have a flame, these desserts are a party hit!
Keep your food nice and cool (and safe to eat!) by filling a kiddie pool with ice. Get more kiddie pool hacks here!
Coffee filters make the perfect hot dog holders for your next cookout.
Apply velcro strips to your tablecloth and the table to hold them down even on the most blustery of days.
Easily cook corn on the cob for a crowd right in your cooler!
Instant Popsicles!! Beat the heat – these pops are made in mere minutes! So your party-attendees can mix and match their own popsicle ingredients .
Want to keep mosquitoes at bay? Throw some sage on the fire after you’ve grilled your food. The scent (plus the smoke) will help keep pests away.
You don’t want your guests to remember your cookout by getting eaten alive by bugs or getting a nasty sunburn. Set out some bug spray and sunscreen in a convenient spot for everyone to use!
Make lots of S’mores at once with a clean rake. Someone was clearly a genius to come up with that!
Watermelon sticks are just the best thing about summer. If you’re not cutting your watermelon this way, you’re doing it wrong! It’s so handy!
Rub half an onion over your grill to make it non-stick. It really works!
Start a fire the easy way… Put your charcoal in a cardboard egg carton, light it, and voila!
Have guests mark their glasses with pipe cleaners so you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen cleaning up after the cookout.
Put condiments and toppings in muffin tins to make it easier for guests to serve themselves.
Tap a watermelon for a fun way to serve adult drinks! Or use tonic water or ginger ale for non-alcoholic drinks everyone can enjoy.
Folding Kids Table. Get the kids their own space!! It folds up and stores easily when not in use… and (the real perk) you can just hose all the stickiness off when the kids are done eating! Genius!
If kids will be carrying around popsicles, give them cupcake liners to prevent drips and sticky hands.
Pre-scoop ice cream and keep it in the freezer so you can serve it in seconds.
Use frozen water balloons to keep your drinks cool. When they’re completely thawed, have a water balloon fight!
Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks with Recipes
So here are some chilled non-alcoholic beverages with recipes that you can enjoy during summer without much effort:
1. Refreshing Watermelon Lime Slushie
Watermelon lime slushie is one of the most popular summer drinks. This drink carries the sweetness of watermelon, subtle tartness of lime and the chilliness of crushed ice. It is refreshing, healthy and above all, it is easy to make. You’ll be amazed to see how a little amount of effort can give you this healthy and delicious slushie and also it does not need too many ingredients.
- Take the ingredients and place them in a blender. Blend the ingredients until the ice gets totally crushed and has no lumps of watermelon.
The amount of lemon juice to be used depends on how tangy you want the slushie to be. You can also add sweeteners if you want the watermelon lime slushie to be sweeter.
2. Mint Lemonade
Who doesn’t like to drink cold and refreshing lemonade in the hot summer? There are only quite a few people who don’t like lemonade. Mint lemonade is a lemonade with a touch of mint. It is perfect for hot summer days. I really like how the mint adds soothing flavor to the little sweet, little tangy lemonade. And the lemon juice is healthy for our body as it cleanses and alkalizes the body. Mint lemonade for me is a refreshing summer drink and a detox water. Isn’t it amazing? A drink which helps to beat the heat and at the same time removes toxins from your body.
- Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- Thin slices of lemon for garnishing
- Mint leaves
- Ice cubes and water
- Honey (or any other sweetener)
- Put the lemon juice, mint leaves, and ice cubes in the pitcher.
- Add water to the mixture.
- Put honey and then stir.
- Garnish your drink with lemon slices.
If you want your mint lemonade to be more chilled, you can store it in the fridge for 1-2 hours and enjoy it later with your family and friends.
3. Sparkling Cranberry Kiss at home
Orange and cranberry when combined together with ginger ale, gives a tart yet sweet taste that everyone loves. This is another favorite drink of mine. Yes, it is famous as a party drink but it doesn’t always have to be a party drink. It is non-alcoholic which means anyone can enjoy this drink. The little tangy and little sweetness of this punch is perfect and with the addition of cold ice, we get an amazing summer drink that can easily freshen everyone creating a lively ambiance.
- Ginger ale – 3 cups
- Cranberry Juice – 6 cups
- Orange Juice – 1 1 ⁄2 cups
- Ice cubes
- Fresh cranberries for decoration
- Combine the cranberry juice with orange juice in a pitcher.
- Add ginger ale and give it a good stir.
- Put ice cubes, top it with fresh cranberries and serve.
If desired, you can garnish this drink with orange slices, wedges or the way you like and enjoy your sparkling cranberry kiss at home.
4. Little-Sweet Orange Juice Spritzer
I know sometimes we all want a soft drink which is sweet but not too sweet. This is perfect for such times. This can be the best alternative for those people who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Actually, spritzer is a drink which is usually made with white wine and sparkling water or carbonated water. But since we are talking about the non-alcoholic and family-friendly drink, we replace wine with 100% orange juice. This easy-to-make drink goes perfectly well with any meal, party or as a refreshing drink.
- 100% Orange Juice (chilled)
- Carbonated water or Sparkling Mineral Water
- Orange Slices or Wedges for garnishing (optional)
- Pour the chilled orange juice and carbonated water in a pitcher.
- Stir it well and serve.
- Optional – If you’re not too lazy, use the orange slices to garnish your drink and enjoy a restaurant served like the drink at home.
The proportion of the orange juice and carbonated water is something that depends on your taste and is all about making your own recipe. And you can also add ice cubes if you want to drink icy drink.
5. Homemade Pink Lemonade
In summer, it’s very important to keep yourself cool and active. But the way you are keeping yourself cool is also an important part. So here I have an awesome idea to stay cool. This pink lemonade will help to stay cool and fresh. When I say pink, I don’t mean adding any food color. Good health is what we must maintain during hot summer so the pink drink you make at home must be no-food-color drink. Pink lemonade is a mixture of sharp and sweet flavors- tangy yet sweet.
- Lemon juice – freshly squeezed
- Cranberry juice
- Granulated sugar
- Ice cubes
- In a pitcher, take the freshly extracted lemon juice and add water to your taste.
- Add sugar syrup to the mixture of the lemon juice and water. (You can make it as sweet as you want)
- For making it pink, add cranberry juice to the mixture until it gets pink.
- Add ice cubes to make it more chilled.
- You can also garnish this drink with lemon slices or wedges.
How to make sugar syrup:
- Take equal amount of sugar and water in a saucepan and heat the ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Give it a good boil and then remove heat.
- Let it cool.
Sugar syrup is the best sweetener when it comes to homemade cold beverages. This can also be used in your coffee, tea, cocktails and more.
6. Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee
Iced Coffee is my personal summer drink. Iced coffee is a coffee that has been chilled and served with lots of ice cubes. It is refreshing, energizing and healthy due to the caffeine content which gives you energy and also brings mental alertness. If you’re thinking iced coffee is difficult to make or it takes a lot of time, then you’re wrong. It is one of the most easy-to-make drinks and only takes few minutes to prepare. As for the sweetness, you can add sugar or mix it with any flavored sweetener.
- Take a tall jar and fill it with ice cubes.
- Pour the cold-brewed coffee in the glass and add the sweetened condensed milk.
- Stir it well and enjoy chilled iced coffee!
Instead of using tall glass, you can also use a mason jar to serve this summer beverage.
How to make Cold-Brewed Coffee:
To cold brew coffee, you will need
- Put coffee in a glass or jar, add water to it and stir well.
- Cover the glass or jar and leave it for a night.
- Use a paper coffee filter or fine sieve to strain the coffee from the mixture.
In this cold-brewed coffee is prepared. This coffee can be refrigerated for about 24 hours.
7. Pineapple Ginger Sparkler
If you’re someone who likes a tangy, fizzy yet sweet drink, I recommend you to try Pineapple Ginger Sparkle. I’m sure you will love it. This drink is perfect for spring and summer. It consists of the sweetness of pineapple and has the tanginess of ginger ale. The non-alcoholic ginger ale tastes gingery but not-too-strong gingery. The spiciness of the ginger ale and the sweetness of the pineapple blends perfectly and allows you to enjoy a delicious and refreshing drink.
- Take a pitcher and combine chilled ginger ale and chilled pineapple juice in equal proportion.
- Give it a good stir and pour it into your serving glass.
- Before you serve, add ice cubes to make it more chilled and top it with ginger slices.
If you want to make it taste sharper, you can add lemon juice to it. You can also use orange slices or fresh basil leaves for dressing your drink.
8. Mango Mule
What is better than a refreshing drink made of the best summer fruit – mango? When the nutrient-rich mango is mixed with the sharp-flavored ginger ale and lime juice, it becomes the excellent tasting mango mule. The good part about this drink is you won’t need any additional sweeteners. Those beautifully ripened mangoes add sweetness to your drink. At the same time, the stingy ginger ale and the freshly squeezed lime juice adds sourness to the drink.
- Mango puree
- Ginger ale
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Mango slices or lime wheel for garnish (optional)
- Ice cubes
- Put mango puree, ginger ale, lime juice and ice cubes in a pitcher.
- Stir it well and transfer in the serving glass.
- Garnish it with it mango slice or lime wheel and enjoy an icy drink.
You can garnish your drink with orange or lime wedges.
9. Ginger Peach Soda
Here is another ginger flavored summer drink. But in this drink, something ingredients are different. Instead of bottled ginger ale, it uses homemade ginger syrup. Ginger syrup is quite easy to make. It needs sugar and minced ginger. This drink is comparatively healthier than those drinks which use bottled ginger ale or bottled juice. The fresh peach used in this drink makes it tastier and healthier.
- Sugar – 1 cup
- 2 ripe peaches – halved, pitted and then sliced
- Fresh minced ginger – 2 tablespoons
- Soda water – 2 liters
- Ice cubes
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
- Firstly, distribute the sliced peach evenly among your serving glasses and press them gently with the back of a spoon to release the juice out of it.
- Add the ginger simple syrup to every glasses.
- Then place ice cubes, top it with soda water and mix them well.
- Garnish your drink with mint leaves(optional).
How to make ginger simple syrup:
- Take a medium saucepan and keep it over a medium-low heat.
- Pour 1 cup of water, minced ginger and sugar in the saucepan and let it boil gently stirring the mixture until the sugar gets dissolved.
- Now remove the ginger simple syrup from heat, cover it and let it cool for about 30 minutes.
- In order to remove ginger from the syrup, take a fine-mesh sieve and pour the mixture through it, pressing minced ginger with the back of a spoon.
- Transfer the syrup to a jar, cover it and then refrigerate. This syrup can be stored and used for about 2 weeks.
10. Minty Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer is the best when it comes to non-alcoholic summer beverage. It is the combination of iced tea and lemonade. And when you add some mint leaves to this classic drink, it becomes Minty Arnold Palmer. Adding mint to Arnold Palmer gives this drink a refreshing and soothing taste. The classic Arnold Plamer uses unsweetened iced tea, however, you can add sugar or syrup to make it sweet.
- Mint leaves
- Fresh lemonade – 1/2 cup
- Unsweetened ice tea – 1/2 cup
- Sugar (if you want to drink sweet minty Arnold Palmer)
- Lemon wedges or mint sprigs for garnish (optional)
- Take few mint leaves in a tall glass and using a spoon, crush the mint between the glass and the spoon until you get the oil coming out of the leaves.
- Then add lots of ice to the glass.
- Add lemonade and unsweetened iced tea into the glass and give it a good stir.
- Top the drink with lemon wedges, mint sprigs or both.
- If you want to make it sweet, you can add sugar to the lemonade or add syrup right into the drink.
11. Apple Cucumber Mint Smoothie
What’s better than starting off your day with some healthy and delicious? This apple cucumber mint smoothie is delicious and is filled with nutritious ingredients. It is really important to keep your body cool in order to fight the scorching heat. For such times, drinking this drink is beneficial. And adding a smoothie to your breakfast makes you healthy and keeps you full longer.
- Peel the cucumber and slice it and also dice the apple.
- Place the diced apple, cucumber, mint leaves and honey in a blender and blend them until they mix properly.
- Then add ice cubes and blend it again until the mixture becomes smooth and serve.
12. Cherry-Berry Smoothie
This recipe is for the smoothie lovers. It is easy to make, needs only 4 ingredients and is filled with healthy nutrient-rich fruits. This incredible smoothie is the best way to start off your day. Including it in your breakfast will keep you cool and fresh for the whole day. For this smoothie, I recommend using frozen cherries and frozen berries instead of fresh ones. Frozen fruits will keep the smoothie thick and they are as healthy as fresh fruits.
- Frozen cherries – 1/2 cup
- Frozen Raspberries – 1/2 cup
- Coconut milk – 1 cup
- Add all the ingredients including coconut milk to the blender.
- Blend well the mixture becomes smooth and thick.
- Then serve and enjoy!
13. Coconut Lavender lemonade
During summer we make lemonade most of the time because it is easy to make and takes very little time. How about giving the classic lemonade a little twist and making something interesting? Coconut Lavender lemonade is quite easy to prepare. The only thing that takes a little time is making the lavender simple syrup. But once the syrup is prepared, you can use it up to 2 weeks. That means you’ll be able to make this refreshing summer beverage more than once.
- Coconut water
- Lavender Simple Syrup
- Dried lavender sprigs
- Violet food coloring
- Lemon slice or mint sprigs for garnish
- Combine lemonade, coconut water, and water in a tall glass.
- Add lavender simple syrup to the mixture, again stir and serve.
- You can garnish your drink with a lemon slice or lavender sprigs.
The amount of lavender simple syrup depends on your personal taste.
- Take a saucepan and combine about 2 tbsp of dried lavender, 2 cups of sugar and 1.5 cups of water.
- On a high heat, boil it for about 1 minute.
- Remove heat and cover it for about 25 minutes.
- Then using a fine mesh sieve, strain the lavender from the syrup and let the syrup cool.
- Then add few drops of violet food coloring to the syrup and your lavender simple syrup is ready.
14.Raspberry Lemonade Spritzer
Do you want to make a drink which is delicious and at the same time beautiful to look at? If your answer is yes, then it is a must-try drink. One sip of raspberry lemonade spritzer and it will you fall in love with this drink. It has got the good taste and the beautiful raspberry color. This summer refresher is also a perfect drink for parties and family gatherings.
- Seltzer – 2 cups
- Fresh raspberries – 2/3 cup
- Mint leaves
- Simple syrup – 3 ounces
- Take a tall glass and put raspberries and simple syrup in it.
- Take a muddler and muddle.
- Then add mint leaves, ice cubes, lemonade and spritzer to the muddled berries.
- Top it with some whole berries, mint and lemon slices.
- Stir well and serve.
These refreshing summer beverages are amazingly tasty and healthy. And they are even easy to make and only require few ingredients. You will be able to make these awesome drinks at home in no time. So, try making these refreshing drinks and fight the heat!
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If you don&rsquot have a cooler, sometimes the best option is to stock up on ice! But what about for wine and beer, which don&rsquot taste so great watered down? For wine, we suggest using frozen grapes. Just place some (washed) grapes in the freezer for a few hours, and they make the perfect ice cube substitutions that won&rsquot dilute or change the taste of your wine as they thaw. As for beer, pour it into a pitcher, then place a bunch of ice into a plastic cup and float the cup inside the pitcher to cool it down.
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