I shared how to make this wine chiller last year, but I thought it would be fun to share that post again in case you’re looking for something fun for your Christmas table or for your New Year’s eve celebration. It’s easy to make…you’ll just need a couple of containers, water and cranberries. Sliced lemons and limes would work, too.
Tutorial: Make a wine chiller:
Last year I received a catalog in the mail and it showed this pic/ad. I was tempted to order it until I realized the silver bowl was plastic. I remembered I already had a silver bowl, so I decided to try and make the ice chiller with things I already had and save myself $29.00.
The only items I had to purchase were a bottle of wine, cranberries and distilled water. You don’t have to use distilled water so you could save the expense of buying that, if you like. But I discovered when I made flower ice cubes HERE, distilled water will usually freeze pretty clear, and it’s only $1 for a gallon…more than enough for my ice chiller. If you would like your ice chiller more frosty looking like the one in the catalog, just use tap water.
I searched around the house and decided on this tin for my mold. (It measures 6 1/2 wide by 7 1/2 tall.) This worked fine except for two snags. 1. It leaked very slowly, so I had to add a little more water to it after about 45 minutes. It was such a slow leak in the freezer, the water froze as it leaked out, so I just broke it off and tossed it in the sink. I think that could be prevented by running a bead of hot glue around on the inside bottom where it meets the sides, prior to using it.
2. The other little snag is the indention near the top made my ice mold a little tricky to get out. A container that’s completely smooth at the top would work better. Just DON’T use glass. If you used glass, it would be very difficult to get your ice chiller out because you’ll need to run warm water over it and glass would most likely break.)
I found a plastic container to use in the center…it’s an old Tupperware container/pitcher. (Again, please do not use glass for this part either…same reason…it would break with the temperature change.) I placed the wine inside to make sure it was the right size for a bottle of wine. It was perfect. (It measures around 3 1/2 inches wide by 8 1/2 inches tall.)
I needed something heavy to go in the center container so it wouldn’t float. Clay cat litter almost worked, but wasn’t quite heavy enough. Next I tried pennies from a huge penny jar collection and that worked great. Sand, marbles or even pebbles/rocks would work fine, too.
I stuck the container (filled with pennies) into the cannister and poured distilled water all around, saving just enough room for 1 full bag of cranberries at the top. You can pour some of the water off or add more–whatever you need to do to get your cranberries right up to the top.
After it had frozen overnight, I took the lid off and poured out all the pennies. Next I refilled the center container with warm water, being careful to not get water on the ice inside. In this pic I had just dumped the pennies out into the big container you see on the left. I ran just a little warm water into the center container, it came right out.
I didn’t take any pics of me fighting the ice chiller out of the tin container. It was loose toward the bottom but that blooming ridge at the top of my container got wedged with a cranberry. I kept running warm water on the outside of the container near the top and it finally let go.
This is the only pic I have with the lamp off, and it shows the shape of the ice chiller best. It’s the shape of the small tin I had used. Note how much clearer distilled water freezes than tap water.
The rest of the pics are a bit harder to see due to the light reflecting inside the bowl, but I think you’ll get the idea.
Wouldn’t this be a fun way to serve your white wine for a dinner party, holiday party, or New Year’s Eve? I bet there are lots of other things that could be added besides cranberries. Lemons, limes or orange slices? I’ll be keeping my eye out for a better container than the tin one, for the future–but I am happy about saving $29.