Ice Shot GlassesLearn 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 shotsPour 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 shotsPlace a piece of duct tape over the two cups.

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shot glasses kool aidRepeat 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 shotsRemove 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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