What would you do with free ice for a year? Twice the Ice is giving away a year’s worth of ice for users who make purchases on the ICE2U app this summer. So what would you do with all that ice? You’ll absolutely stay cool this summer, but there are lots of other ways to use ice, too.
What Would You Do With Free Ice For a Year?
Have a Party
When you have free ice for a year, one of the best ways to use it is to have a party! For a dinner party with 12 guests, we did the ice calculations and you’ll need about one ten pound bag. But, if you have free ice for a year, you don’t have to worry about making calculations.
There are all kinds of places and ways to have a summer party. You might take your party to the beach or to a campground to grill, sunbathe, camp, hike and enjoy a warm summer day or evening. Or, if it’s too warm or the weather isn’t cooperating, bring your party inside for a movie night, dinner party, or game night. Take your party on a boat to make it a fishing trip, or bring your part to another venue, like a zoo, soccer field, or baseball diamond to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon.
Unlimited ice can be a big asset to your party. You can use ice to keep sealed drinks cold in a cooler or keep drinks cold in a glass. You can keep your foods cold in a buffet-style display, or keep your sealed food containers cold in a cooler. Remember that bacteria levels double every twenty minutes at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F, so keep your buffet ice well-stocked!
Make Frozen Smoothies
Ice is a key part of many healthy smoothies. Ice will help you boost your smoothie consistency without adding calories. A frozen fruit smoothie is a great summer pick-me-up and a great way to relax at any time of the day.
There’s no right or wrong way to make a frozen smoothie, but a few tips can help you perfect your recipes. It’s helpful to add at least one ingredient that will give your smoothie a creamy consistency, such as yogurt, a banana, milk or even cream. Add a few ingredients to make the base of your frozen smoothie, which might include canned fruit, frozen fruit, or fresh fruit. Then, add a few extra flavor elements, like a bit of extra sweetener, such as white or brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey, or a touch of something sour, like lemon or lime. If your smoothie is a little too thick, consider adding some fruit juice, soda, or even some wine or sangria. If you’re feeling especially creative, consider adding a few unconventional ingredients, such as turmeric or cayenne pepper for a kick, mint or parsley for freshness, lemongrass for zest, or coffee for a caffeinated jumpstart.
Here are a few smoothie recipes you can combine with your free ice for a year. Don’t be afraid to make changes to make your own creative frozen smoothie.
- Classic: A banana, a few strawberries, a bit of milk, a touch of sweetener and ice will make a classic frozen smoothie.
- Berry blast: Combine blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries along with yogurt, ice, and a dash of lime to make a zingy, berry smoothie.
- Creamy coffee: Start your morning or pick up your afternoon with a combination of coffee or espresso, chocolate syrup, milk, and ice.
- Pina colada: Mix together fresh, canned or frozen pineapple, coconut cream, and ice to create a classic. Make it a party drink with a shot of rum or kick up your nonalcoholic variety with a bit of ginger, turmeric, or dash of mint.
- Mango lassi: Create a frozen version of this Indian favorite by blending together mango, yogurt, milk, sugar, ice and sprinkle with a touch of cardamom.
- Fizzy favorite: There’s no wrong way to create a fizzy favorite. Blend together ice, lemon lime soda, and your favorite fruits for a refreshing summer pick-me-up. Switch out the soda for white wine to create a summer sangria or use ginger beer for extra zing.
If frozen smoothies aren’t your style, there are many other refreshing and creative drinks that will work great with your free ice for a year. These drinks will work well with alcohol or not, so they’re great for a party or an everyday treat. Remember that mixing extreme summer heat or exertion with alcohol can increase your chances of dehydration and heat stroke, so be sure to enjoy a nonalcoholic drink in between alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated.
- Paloma: Mix a few ice cubes with lime juice, grapefruit soda and a bit of mashed grapefruit. Add tequila to make a cocktail or add in a non-alcoholic botanical spirit.
- Margarita: Crush some ice and mix with tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice for this beach-party favorite. For a nonalcoholic alternative, use a botanical orange aperitif, lime juice and lime soda.
- Mule: Though it’s traditionally in a copper mug, you can mix crushed or cubed ice with vodka or nonalcoholic seedlip, ginger beer and lime in any cup you choose.
- Caipirinha: To make this Brazilian favorite, you’ll need Cachaça, a spirit made from sugar cane, but you can substitute it with rum to make a mojito, or a botanical spirit to make your own combination. Mix it with white sugar, lime and lime juice in a glass full of ice.
- Sangria: There’s many ways to make sangria. Mix sweet red wine and brandy with orange juice, apple slices, orange slices, sugar and ice cubes in a pitcher to make it traditional, or substitute red wine with grape juice or pomegranate juice.
- Bellini: Mix peach puree with crushed or cubed ice and prosecco for a traditional bellini, or substitute prosecco with sparkling water or lemon lime soda.
With free ice for a year, there will be no end to summer parties, smoothies and drinks! You can even use ice in many creative ways around the house. Download the ICE2U app and make a purchase in the app for a chance to win free ice for a year!