Take frozen vodka to a whole new level by freezing it in a decorative block of ice. I have been making this impressive yet simple bar-staple for years and it not only adds interest to your bar, but it also keeps the vodka syrupy and delicious.
You’ll need an empty milk carton, various garnishes to fill the ice with color, and a bottle of good-quality vodka.
Before you begin, make sure that the vodka bottle you plan to use can fit in your freezer, standing upright. Next, cut off the top of an empty milk carton to square-off the top and create a rectangular mold and rinse inside. Place a bottle of vodka in the center of the clean carton and fill with first layer of chosen garnishes (evergreen sprigs, fruit, etc.). Pour just enough cold water into the carton to cover the garnishes. Freeze for several hours until the garnishes are suspended in the ice. Add another layer of garnishes and again, pour just enough cold water into the carton to cover the garnishes. Repeat freezing and filling until you fill the carton to about 1″ below the top. Keep frozen until ready to serve. Peel the carton away from the block of ice before serving. Be sure to place frozen vodka on a tray with a lip to prevent melted water from spilling onto your bar.