Frozen Bottles!





Introduction: Frozen Bottles!

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Freeze your favourite bottle of liqour in a sheath of ice.

Distilled spirits like vodka and gin have a high alcohol content (typically 40%+ abv) and will not freeze in conventional freezers. Luckily conventional household freezers are plenty cold to freeze water. Submerging a full bottle of gin within a container of water and freezing we are able to selectively freeze the water creating a sheath of ice around our bottle!

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    I once filled a giant balloon from a grocery store with water and I put it in a round tupperware container in my freezer. the next day I took it out and popped the balloon and drained the water from the center. now I have a giant ice bowl and nothing to do with it....

    That sond cool! Trying to think:
    So, you fill a balloon with water, and the tupperware with water, then put the baloon in the tupperware and froze it all
    Them removed the balloon?

    fill it with juice and have a party!

    it kinda cracked in some places during freezing, so it might dribble, but it does fit a two-liter perfectly.

    Oooh! I'm going to do this for our New Year's Eve party! We usually just have our spirits sitting on the bar but this is so much neater and will make for a nice frosty drink! After midnight we play shot games until all the booze is gone so now our shots might be colder as well. Thanks so much!

    I don't seem to be able to find a link anywhere but I saw on a TV show that professional ice sculptors vibrate the water while it's freezing to make it more crystalline.  The vibration was of a very high frequency to the point where it couldn't be heard (supersonic to humans).  I think it just allows the oxygen in the water to continue to rise out of the water as it's freezing.

    Ive heard that if you heat water and then put it right in the freezer it will be clearer than unheated water. Thats probably easier to do than vibrating it really fast.

    Clear, simple to follow and useful : ) thanks for the upload

    While your instructable is a fun idea, I found several problems when I tried to follow your steps.

    First, my bottles would not stay centered inside the 2 liter mold, and would fall to one side.  (I tried it with a variety of shapes of bottles, but no short squat ones like the one you show)  Do you have a solution for this? 

    Second, my bottles would fall over as the ice melted.  Even though they had flat bottoms, the ice wouldn't melt perfectly, and as the bottom melted it would cause the bottles to lean.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.


    If your bottles are more slender are having problems standing up try a 2-step freeze process. First pour water into mold only to cover the 'legs', freeze. Once frozen place bottle into mold, the previously frozen water will leave a flat surface for the bottle to rest on, add water to top and freeze again.

    As for melting, my booze doesn't last long enough during a party to experience this problem. Best to have a few on hand if they're going to be out for a while and rotate.

    Thanks for trying it! do you have any pictures?