Festive Holiday Drink Garnish

Festive Holiday Drink Garnish // A Well Crafted Party

12 Days of Christmas DIYs // A Well Crafted Party

This post is the second in my series of the 12 Days of Christmas DIYs for A Well Crafted Party. Check in each day for the next 12 Days for new DIY posts. There will be LOTS of free printables to boot! (Check out yesterday’s post: “Natural Green & White Holiday Party + Free Printables“)

Festive Holiday Drink Garnish // A Well Crafted Party

A good garnish will take a simple boring beverage (take, water for instance) and make it something special. I like most of my garnishes to be simple to make, because who has time to spend on creating intricate and fussy drink garnishes? Not me!

Festive Holiday Drink Garnish with Cranberries

To make your water glass pop or to give a festive twist to a Vodka and Soda on the rocks, try adding cranberries to your ice-cube tray and making cranberry ice.

Cranberry Ice Instructions // A Well Crafted Party

There is actually one or two steps in this ultra-easy DIY because cranberries will float the the top of your ice cubes and look pretty silly in your drink unless you take the time to freeze in steps. Why not just throw cranberries in a pitcher? They’ll all float to the top! The ice cubes will float as well, but it will look more evenly distributed throughout the pitcher.

Cranberry Ice Cube DIY // A Well Crafted Party

Directions for making cranberry filled ice cubes:

  1. Using distilled water or previously boiled water (freezes more clearly than tap water) fill your ice cube tray about 1/4 of the way full.
  2. Drop in a handful of cranberries in each cube area.
  3. Freeze (you don’t need to freeze overnight, but you do want the ice cubes to be solid before adding more water or partial cubes will float up.)
  4. After freezing add more water (fill until the cubes are 3/4 full, leaving a little space for more water) and cranberries. Freeze again.
  5. Finally, fill with just water so that the cranberries are entirely covered.

This doesn’t need to be perfect. I had a few cubes where I didn’t layer quite right and the berries poked out of the bottom a bit. It still looked festive in the water pitcher!

Cranberry Drink Garnish DIY // A Well Crafted Party

Need an ice-cube tray?

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When discussing this DIY project with someone else I found out that not everyone has ice cube trays! Some people have super cool machines that will MAKE ice for them! (AMAZING.) But, you will need ice cube trays to make this project work. I like the idea of trying out the large cube trays (like the ones in the above picture) or a spherical tray to make a festive ice ball!

Do you want to see more from this Holiday Styled Shoot?

Photos from this project was from a recent Holiday Styled Shoot collaboration between myself and Suzannah of Create/Enjoy and Macey from Motormouth Studio. Check out my main post with links to DIY projects & recipes: “Natural Green and White Holiday Party + Free Printables”


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Jenni is a freelance writer and media assistant based in Portland, OR. A Well Crafted Party is a blog about all the little things to celebrate in life. Follow Jenni or A Well Crafted Party with BlogLovin, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.

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  1. Reply

    Love this! So festive and fun!
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    This is such a great idea! One year I actually made cranberry infused vodka as well. It was a big hit!

    • Kira
    • December 2, 2014

    The ice cubes look so festive, I will have to remember that.
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    • Jenni @ JARFLY
    • December 2, 2014

    Love the cranberry ice cubes, I’m totally going to do this.

  3. Reply

    That’s a cute idea. Reminds me of the time I froze flowers in a block of ice around a vodka bottle using a milk carton. 🙂

  4. Reply

    I love love LOVE red berries in Christmas time decor – so simple and packs a punch of color for sure! While most of my berry decor isn’t edible, I love the idea of using them as decoration AND food garnish! Beautiful 🙂
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    i love an embellished ice cube! so cute!
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    Cranberries always make things so festive, and putting them into ice cubes is such a great idea! Thanks for that tip on using previously boiled water for clearer ice cubes too.
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