How To: Decorative Ice Shots

Decorative ice shots are a fun way to add excitement to your gatherings!  Use creativity and imagination to customize your glasses to match your party theme!

In this photo, I used fruit and herbs to build beautiful ice glasses for a summer tasting party I hosted.  The juice from the strawberries oozed into the distilled water and created a pretty pink effect.  Sometimes the things we don’t expect are little gifts!

I made sixteen of these for our party.  I made the first 8 in the mold and froze them overnight. The next day, I popped them out of the mold and put them into a freezer container for ice cream.  

Then I repeated the process with the following 8.  I made these a few days before the party, filled them right before the guests arrived, and put them back into the freezer.  I had the plates ready to go with the little spoons, and when it was time for this course, I put them on the individual plates.  It made such a fun, memorable moment when everyone went to grab theirs!  In addition, the lemon sorbet tasted amazing!  Win. Win.


lemon sorbet in a decorated ice shot glass

I serve these ice glasses on small plates for a reason.  They melt fast, especially in a warm environment.  In addition, they are frozen, and that makes for icy hands!  I wouldn’t need the plate if I were using them for shot glasses.  Instead, I could load them all onto one platter for a different and exciting presentation.

The how-to below is for these ice glasses.  Yet you can make them out of anything as long as it is food safe.  I am always looking for new inspiration and would love to see what you come up with!  Please share in the comments.

lemon sorbet in a decorated ice shot glass
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Decorative Ice Shot Glasses

These decorative ice shot glasses make a beautiful presentation for sorbets, liqueurs, and flavor-packed drinks. Use your creativity to match the glass to your occasion.
Active Time15 minutes
Freeze time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 8 glasses
Author: Foodie de Froid
Cost: $3.00


  • shot glass silicone mold


  • 3 Strawberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 3 sprigs thyme fresh
  • 3 sprigs mint fresh
  • 2 cups distilled water


  • Place the mold on a small pan fitted with parchment paper. Place the mold on the parchment-lined pan.
  • Slice the strawberries, lemon, and lime into thin strips ¾ - 1 inch in length.
    3 Strawberries, 1 lemon, 1 lime
  • Separate the thyme and mint leaves from the stems.
    3 sprigs thyme, 3 sprigs mint
  • Fill the silicone mold cavities 1/2 way up with distilled water. Using tweezers, place the slices and leaves into each mold - alternating around the cup as you fill. The more ingredients you use, the better they will look.
    2 cups distilled water
  • Add more distilled water until it just hits the top of the inner portion of the mold. You will have approximately 1/4 inch left to the top of the mold. Continue to place additional fillings into each cavity.
  • Top with the last pour of distilled water. These will expand in the freezer, so you want to fill them appropriately. The top is the bottom of the glass, and you want that to be level.
  • Place into the freezer on a level surface. Freezer for at least 8 hours before serving.


These glasses thaw quickly.   For the sorbet, I fill them before the guests come and place them back in the freezer.   
To fill with sorbet:  Use a long thin spoon like an iced tea spoon to gently place small amounts into the glass.  Push down slightly after each addition until it reaches over the glass.
Set these on small plates so your guest's hands stay warm.

De Froid Tip: Match your party's theme

A party’s theme is a fun way to make great choices that will wow y our guests.  I used the how-to example above for the summer-themed party.  The primary colors were lime green, gold, and black.  Fun fact:  I used over 150 limes at that party!  

When you look at the shot glasses, they don’t scream lime green.  Instead, placing small slices of lime along with mint leaves complemented the primary party color beautifully. 

lemon sorbet served in a strawberry, lime and thyme infused ice shot glass on a white square plate

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