Anti-Gravity Ice Sphere Cocktail
If you want to impress your party guests, and you don't mind getting a little creative in the kitchen, you'll definitely want to whip up this frozen shperical cocktail created by entertainment expert Mark Addison. The recipe itself is pretty complicated, but the result is a blue vodka snowball that will wow even your bartender friends!
- 4 Ounces orange vodka
- 1 Ounce Blue Curacao
- 1.5 Ounces lime juice
- splash of grenadine
- pop rocks
- 3 Ounces white cranberry juice
Rim a rocks glass with pop rocks
Fill the spherical ice mold base with water up to the maximum fill line and close the spherical ice mold with the silicone cap.
Place the spherical ice mold on a rack in the coldest area of your freezer, which is usually at the top.You want cold air to be able to circulate freely, so place it on a rack. Do not open the door frequently to keep it as cold as possible all the time.
The time you need to leave the spherical ice molds in the freezer will vary depending on how cold your freezer is. So you’ll have to test a few times until you find the optimal time to obtain an even ice wall thickness of about ¼ inch. In most freezers this could take between 2 and 3 hours.
Flip the ice sphere mold upside down halfway through the freezing process.
Remove the ice sphere mold from the freezer and with your fingers remove the frozen water that came out from the top hole of the mold as the ice expanded in the freezer.
Place the ice mold under cold tap water for 30 seconds so you can remove the silicone top easily. You can use slightly warm water but be careful because if it is too warm it will crack the ice. Leave the ice ball on its base, just remove the top.
Using a syringe with a long needle (2” or more) create a hole in the ice sphere by rotating the needle back and forth. You can also use a drill with a thin tip. Then, using the syringe, suck all the water from inside the hollow ice sphere. If the needle is not long enough to reach the bottom, just flip the sphere upside down and pull out the needle until it is close to the hole and you should be able to remove all the water.
Using your hands, remove the hollow ice sphere from the base of the mold and store it in the freezer until needed. Place them on a lint-free towel so they don’t move around.
Mix all the cocktail ingredients (minus the pop rocks) and shake them with ice until they are really cold. It is important that the cocktail is really cold or it will crack the ice and the hollow ice sphere will start leaking.
Remove the hollow ice sphere from the freezer. The small hole you made may be closed so you’ll have to reopen it with the needle or drill.
Slowly fill the hollow ice sphere with the chilled cocktail using the syringe.
Carefully place the ice sphere in an old fashioned glass. Don’t drop it in the glass or it may crack and start leaking. You can hold the glass sideways with one hand, with the bottom slightly up. With the other hand, slide the ice sphere against the side of the glass until it reaches the bottom and then turn the glass up again. There is no need to seal the hole if it is small enough. The liquid won’t come out as air can’t get in at the same time.
Use a muddler or small hammer to smash open the ice ball cocktail. Be careful not to break the glass!