These Fancy Ice Molds Make Upgrading Your at-Home Cocktail Game So Easy

Snowflakes, LEGOs, and other nonstandard ice cube shapes make whimsical additions to your favorite drinks.

Williams Sonoma Diamond Ice Molds, Set of 2
Photo: Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

When it comes to leveling up your at-home cocktail game, bar tools and glassware probably come to mind first. We're here to let you in on a little secret, though: Ice molds are another easy way to upgrade your cocktail game, and they're a less expensive investment. They add a touch of fun and personality to shaken drinks as well as to large-batch cocktails and punches. What's more, these often larger ice cubes cool your drinks down without diluting them as much.

If you're in the market for a fancy ice mold, beverage director of The Garret Bars Max Stampa-Brown recommends looking for a silicone mold that's smooth on the inside. "As long as there's a robust shape, you can't go wrong," he says. Stephanie Reading, bar manager at Birdie G's in Santa Monica, California, is all about large ice molds for drinks. "I try to find the largest molds I can," she says. "For example, I use two by two-inch cubes for my old fashioneds and other stirred drinks that go on the rocks, since the larger the cube, the slower it will melt and water down the drink." She adds that ice molds with lids are great for storage, as they can be stacked in your freezer or in a cupboard when they're not being used.

Top Picks

01 of 07

Most Festive

Martha Stewart Collection Candy Cane Ice Tray
Courtesy of Macy's

For Christmas punches and holiday cocktails, this ice-cube tray is exactly what you need to make things a bit more festive. The silicone mold can make a dozen ice cubes at once, with six different designs including candy canes, Santa faces, and Christmas trees. It's dishwasher-safe and available exclusively at Macy's.

Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Candy Cane Ice Tray, $9.79,

02 of 07

Best Rose

TINANA Rose Ice Cube Tray
Courtesy of Amazon

The rose-shaped ice cubes that you can create with this tray make an elegant addition to a boozy cocktail. With a 2.5-inch diameter, the resulting floral cubes don't just look good—they also cool down your drink without diluting it as quickly as smaller ice cubes would. The ice cube tray comes with a small funnel to fill each section of the four-cube mold, and it takes about five to six hours for the ice cubes to form.

Shop Now: TINANA Rose Ice Cube Tray, $11.99,

03 of 07

Best Snowflake

TrueZoo Snowflake SIlicone Ice Cube Tray
Courtesy of Amazon

For a "cool" addition to your drink of choice, try these slow-melting snowflakes. They even come in a blue mold that looks like a giant snowflake. The silicone is sturdy enough to go in the dishwasher, but still flexible enough to pop the ice cubes out of the mold with relative ease.

Shop Now: TrueZoo Snowflake Silicone Ice Cube Tray, $14.69,

04 of 07

Most Playful

LEGO Silicone Ice Cube Tray
Courtesy of Walmart

This bright blue ice cube tray is perfect for the kid at heart. It makes LEGO-shaped bricks in a variety of different sizes. It's a fun twist on classic square and rectangular ice cubes and can also be used to make LEGO-shaped gelatin, chocolate, and more.

Shop Now: LEGO Silicone Ice Cube Tray, $15.99,

05 of 07

Best Diamond

Williams Sonoma Diamond Ice Molds
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Chill your drinks in style with giant diamond-shaped ice cubes. These seamless silicone ice molds make 2 1/2-inch ice diamonds (that's a lot of carats), which melt slowly and chill your drinks evenly. They're made of silicone and stack for compact storage.

Shop Now: Williams Sonoma Diamond Ice Molds, $16.95,

06 of 07

Best Set

Glacio Silicone Ice Cube Trays
Courtesy of Amazon

Spheres and squares are staples in the world of fancy ice, and this set has both. Each mold is reusable and BPA-free. The square mold makes six large ice cubes that measure just under two inches on each side, and the sphere mold makes six ice spheres.

Shop Now: Glacio Silicone Ice Cube Trays, $19.99,

07 of 07

Best Star Wars-Themed

Star Wars Ice Mold Darth Vader
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

This set of two Darth Vader ice molds is perfect for the Star Wars fan in your life. Each mold has two pieces, which you fit together and fill with water before inverting to get rid of any excess and prevent air bubbles. Williams-Sonoma also sells Storm Trooper and BB-8 ice molds, in case you're looking for a complete set.

Shop Now: Star Wars Ice Mold Darth Vader, $21.95,

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles