Ice Shot Glasses: DIY Wedding or Party Drinks


Ice Shot Glasses Learn How to Make Ice Shot Glasses Inspired by Quebec’s Hôtel de Glace

I’ve always wanted to go to the Hôtel de Glace in Quebec. In fact, my husband and I had reservations there 11 years ago, but had to cancel because my dad was in the hospital. Thankfully my dad made a full recovery – but we never re-booked. Every winter I gaze longingly at online photos of the Hôtel de Glace. “Maybe next year,” I tell myself. (My six-year old can’t quite understand how we wouldn’t freeze to death  while sleeping on a block of ice.)

I decided to use the hotel’s notorious ice bar as inspiration for this tutorial. I always thought it would be ultra cool to swig back a shot of Grey Goose in an ice shot glass (even though vodka straight up usually makes me shudder.) Hell, even 7-up out of an ice shot glass would be cool.

Making a shot glass out of ice is a cinch. I actually used two flavors of a Kool-aid-like beverage to make these glasses; blue raspberry and blueberry pomegranate. Not only do they make the ice shot glasses a lovely shade of blue, they taste good too. However, they do leave a bit of residual stickiness on your hands. If you don’t want your hands to get sticky, but you still want color, simply add a bit of food coloring to the water.

(You can also purchase molds to make ice shot glasses here.)

Ice Shot Glasses Tutorial

You will need:

  • water or Kool-aid like beverage (if you go with the Kool-aid, water it down so it doesn’t end up too sticky)
  • 3 oz Dixie cups
  • 1 oz plastic cups or Dixie cups
  • small rocks
  • duct tape


ice shots Pour beverage into larger cup about 2/3 full.

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Place smaller cup inside the cup and push it down until it is about level with the rim of the larger cup. Add a stone to help to weigh it down.

icy shots Place a piece of duct tape over the two cups.

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shot glasses kool aid Repeat until you have desired number of shot glasses. Place inside freezer for 6-8 hours. (I set the filled cups inside a loaf pan before placing inside the freezer just in case they overflowed.)

ice shots Remove from freezer. Fill the small cup with hot tap water, being careful not to let it overflow onto the ice. Let sit for about 30 seconds. Remover inner cup. Run outside of larger cup under warm water until the cup loosens from the ice. Turn over and push gently on the bottom of the cup until the ice pops out. Bring shot glasses outdoors for your winter party and fill with beverage of your choice.

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  1. Posted by Jessica on January 27th, 2012 at 1:21pm

    Wow, these are so much fun! The last time I saw these was at the Ice Bar in Stockholm..thanks for posting the DIY version!
  2. Posted by Christine on February 4th, 2012 at 7:10pm

    Where did you get the 1 oz plastic cups? I have been unable to find them anywhere!
  3. Posted by Christina on February 4th, 2012 at 10:02pm

    We bought ours at the dollar store.
  4. Posted by schmoopy on April 13th, 2012 at 8:22pm

    Or you can buy shot glass ice cube trays.

    They are easy to find and inexpensive.

    The ones I have make six glasses in each tray.

    They're square and very cool.
  5. Posted by Tegan on April 21st, 2012 at 2:48am

    Wouldn't these be too cold on your hands to hold them?
  6. Posted by Christina on April 21st, 2012 at 2:28pm

    Not if you are wearing mittens:)
  7. Posted by Erin Flynn on July 7th, 2012 at 12:20am

    I just made these and as soon as I poured Tuaca in them it melted part of the shot glass!! Am I doing something wrong??
  8. Posted by Christina on July 7th, 2012 at 4:33pm

    Did you chill the beverage first?
  9. Posted by A.L. on December 12th, 2012 at 11:02am

    Wow!! These are really amazing. :) They look so beautiful and frosty.
  10. Posted by Julie Hughes on August 29th, 2013 at 3:57pm

    These are so lovely! What a great idea, thanks for sharing.
  11. Posted by Sheri on March 4th, 2014 at 9:58pm

    Have you tried to make these with liquor + the koolaid?
  12. Posted by Shelly Doggett on May 17th, 2014 at 11:32pm

    This is pretty cool.
  13. Posted by Candice Vance on July 6th, 2014 at 2:00am

    How long before they start to melt???
  14. Posted by Irene Kaufmann on March 26th, 2015 at 4:11pm

    These are really amazing.they look so cool
  15. Posted by Tyanna on May 18th, 2015 at 11:00am

    How long does it take before it melts?
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