How to Make Frozen Shot Glasses

Three Methods:Plastic Cup MethodPre-Made Mold MethodLayered Frozen Shot Glasses

Frozen shot glasses make a fun and original addition to warm-weather gatherings. Rather than simply adding the usual ice cubes, the cold part of the drink can be the entire shot glass itself––made from solid ice! This is a neat, fun and often surprising way to serve drinks in hot weather, especially during balmy evenings.

Method 1
Plastic Cup Method

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    Find a clean plastic or paper cup. Fill it with the liquid of your choice. As explained in the method above, for a standard ice shot glass, just use water, or try filling it with orange juice or Gatorade for a colorful effect. Or, use a virgin version of the alcoholic drink.
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    Find a cup that is approximately shot-sized. Keep in mind that a standard shot glass holds 1.5 oz of liquid. [1] Consider using a plastic shot glass so you can be sure of the volume.
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    Coat the sides of the shot glass with oil if they're not waxy shot glasses. This will help to ensure that you can pull the cup out later. It only needs to be a very fine layer, either brushed on or dipped.
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    Push the smaller cup to the bottom of the big cup—it should fill with water. Pour out excess water until there is just a lip at the top of the small cup that's exposed. Use toothpicks, duct tape, or a heavy object such as a clean pebble to keep the smaller cup in place (otherwise you'll notice it trying to bob about).
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    Place the homemade mold into the freezer. Leave there until the water freezes solid.
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    Once frozen, take the cup out of the freezer. Pull the smaller shot glass out. If it's waxy or you've oiled it, it should slide out fairly easily.
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    Run warm water along the outside of the larger cup. This will make it easier to slide the frozen shot glass out. Note: do not use hot water, or the ice may crack. Slightly warmer than room temperature should be sufficient.
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    Fill with your favorite beverage. Obviously, only pour cold or chilled drinks into the glass, to avoid speeding up the melting process.
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    Serve and enjoy!
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    Place the molded frozen shot glass back in the freezer until you're ready to use it. Then, fill with your favorite beverage and enjoy!

Method 2
Pre-Made Mold Method

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    Purchase pre-made molds in the shape of shot glasses. A specialty party store or a liquor store with drink equipment might be able to assist, or check online for specialty suppliers.
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    Fill the molds with the liquid of your choice. For a standard ice shot glass, it's usual to just use water. However, you can get fancy here––try filling it with orange juice, cola or Gatorade for a colorful effect (see the third method below for layering). If you know the alcoholic drink you'll be serving, consider matching the colors (unless it's clear, in which case, anything goes). You could also consider using a virgin version of your favorite mixed drink, since the actual alcohol will go in the frozen glass.
    • If you want, you can put a lollipop or popsicle stick coming from the bottom of each glass. This will help your guests to take the shot without touching the glass, which may turn slightly sticky as it melts, depending on which liquid you used. If you do this, it's recommended to find lollipops with plastic over the candy, and let guests remove this plastic at their convenience, as this is the most hygienic.
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    Place the shot molds in the freezer.
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    Once frozen, take the mold out of the freezer. The shot glasses should pop right out, ready for immediate use.
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    Fill with your favorite beverage. Obviously, only pour cold or chilled drinks into the glass, to avoid speeding up the melting process.
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    Serve and enjoy!

Method 3
Layered Frozen Shot Glasses

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    Follow the instructions above for the pre-made mold. However, instead of pouring in just water or all one color of liquid, pour in layers. For example, a green, orange and clear layered shot glass would be made as follows:
    • Pour a third green liquid into the mold. Then freeze.
    • Pour in a third of chilled clear liquid. Then freeze.
    • Pour in a third of chilled orange liquid. Then freeze.
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    Remove from the freezer and unmold. The three layers should now form a complete shot glass. It's a little extra work but it looks very effective. Use as outlined above.

Things You'll Need

  • Molds for pre-made mold method or plastic cup and plastic shot glass for homemade mold method
  • Vegetable oil for coating (optional)
  • Lollipop for handle (optional)
  • Liquids of choice
  • Freezer
  • Serving tray or platter for display and serving to guests when completed


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