The Ball Drop is a New Year’s Eve ice ball cocktail made with strawberry vodka, Master of Mixes White Peach Daiquiri/Margarita Mix, lemon juice, and edible glitter. When the clock strikes midnight, crack open your ice ball and watch as your solid cocktail turns to liquid to celebrate a new year.
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New Year’s Eve parties are one of my favorite parties to throw. What better reason to have confetti poppers, stay up till midnight, and blast noisemakers. I’m all about the colorful, loud fun of it all. Oh, but how could I forget the bubbly? It’s a champagne holiday and I’m fully on board for it!
This year for my New Year’s Eve cocktail, I’ll be popping out the bubbly and channeling my inner Dick Clark with The Ball Drop. This interactive cocktail is in a sphere of ice that is ready to be broken open at the stroke of midnight. It’s made with champagne, Master of Mixes White Peach Daiquiri/Margarita Mix, strawberry vodka, lemon juice, and a dash of edible gold glitter. It’s light, fruity, and a whole lot of New Year’s Eve fun!
HOW TO MAKE COCKTAIL ICE BALLS FOR THE BALL DROP
Making these cocktail ice balls takes a little bit of time, but is easy to do. I prefer to make the ice ball shell a few days ahead if I’m planning to make enough for a party. You’ll need the following tools:
Fill the ice sphere maker with water and let freeze for 2-2.5 hours. Depending on your freezer, the timing will vary. You’re looking for the ice balls to have formed a thin outer layer without freezing solid.
When the ice balls are ready to be removed, take one out from the freezer. Carefully, remove off the top of the ice sphere maker. Run the metal tip of the flavor injector under hot water for 10 seconds. Poke the metal tip through the top of the ice ball until it exposes the water inside. Remove the water with the injector until there is none left. Leave the ice ball in the base of the ice sphere maker and add it back to the freezer to firm. Let firm for at least 20 minutes before serving. Repeat with the rest of your ice balls.
While your ice balls are firming, begin to work on your cocktail. The key to preventing the cocktail from melting the ice ball is to get the cocktail chilled before adding it into the ice. In a shaker full of ice, add in Master of Mixes White Peach Daiquiri/Margarita Mix, strawberry vodka, lemon juice, and gold edible glitter. Give it a 15-second shake and strain into a glass. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve your cocktails.
When ready to serve, stir in champagne to the cocktail from earlier until it’s well combined. Add an ice ball to a coupe or whiskey glass, hole side up. Using the flavor injector, add the cocktail into the hole of the ice ball. Fill until the liquid line reaches the hole. Serve with a small cocktail hammer or bar spoon to let guests crack open their ice ball cocktail. At say, the stroke of midnight?
You can also pour champagne over the top to let it melt away instead of cracking open. This makes enough for roughly 3 ice balls but may vary on your sphere ice maker size.
Please use caution when cracking open ice in a glass as you can break the glass or have ice shatter out of the glass.
The Ball Drop is a New Year’s Eve ice ball cocktail made with strawberry vodka, Master of Mixes White Peach Margarita/Daiquiri Mix, lemon juice, champagne, and optional edible glitter. When the clock strikes midnight, smash your ice ball and watch as your solid cocktail turns to liquid to celebrate a new year. Makes 3 cocktail ice balls or 1 regular cocktail.
- 2 ounce Master of Mixes White Peach Daiquiri/Margarita Mix
- 2 ounces Brut Champagne Well Chilled
- 1 ounce Strawberry Vodka
- 1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
- Edible Gold Glitter optional
- Ice Sphere Maker/s
- Flavor Injector
In an ice sphere maker, add water until it's filled all the way, leaving room for it to expand when frozen.
Freeze for 2-2.5 hours. Just until it's made a hard outer shell, but is not solid all the way through. This will depend on your freezer. Mine usually takes 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Remove the top of the ice sphere maker to expose the ice.
Run the metal tip of the flavor injector under hot water for 10 seconds. Then carefully poke it through the top of the ice sphere. This may take a few tries depending on how thick you made your shell. Remove the water from the inside of the iceball with the flavor injector until it is empty.
Add the ice ball back to the freezer to firm up for at least 20 minutes. I usually let it sit in the base of the ice sphere, but you can also add it to a container.
In the meantime, make the cocktail. Combine Master of Mixes White Peach Daiquiri/Margarita Mix, strawberry vodka, lemon juice, and edible gold glitter (if using) into a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake for 15 seconds and strain into a glass. Let sit in the fridge to chill until ready to serve with ice balls.
When ready to assemble, take the cocktail and stir in the chilled champagne.
Add an ice ball to a coupe or whiskey glass with the hole side up. Using the flavor injector, fill the ice ball up with the cocktail by injecting it into the hole you created in the ice ball. Fill until the liquid line is right at the hole.
Serve immediately and let guests crack the ice ball cocktail with a bar spoon or pour champagne over the top and watch it melt away!
This makes enough for 3 cocktail ice balls or 1 cocktail off the rocks.
How fun is this glittering cocktail? If it’s too late to freeze ice balls, this cocktail is delicious on its own. With its addition of edible glitter, it will still shine at your New Year’s Eve party. It’s fruity, light, and bubbly, which makes for the perfect way to cheers to a new year!
While 2018 has brought a ton of good things into my life and this blog, I am looking forward to what will be made is 2019. One resolution for the blog? Make more mocktails, because I hear you guys. I know you want more mocktails, so don’t worry, I’ll have more in the new year!
Until 2019, tell me how you’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve. Do you stay up all night till the stroke of midnight or call it a night when you’re ready for bed?