Holiday Punch Bowl Ice Ring

A pretty ice ring in your punch bowl adds a festive touch to a holiday gathering. Think about one of the many punch recipes on the site, and how the individual parts of the ice ring will enhance your choice. This ice ring uses lots of red and green, with some bits of gold, thrown in for contrast. This is more of a craft than a dish, so use your imagination! If not using right away, place the frozen ice ring into a plastic bag and store in the freezer until ready to use.

Prep Time:
1 hr
Additional Time:
1 day 1 hr
Total Time:
1 day 2 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained and juice reserved, divided

  • 3 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, or as needed

  • 2 cups water, or as needed

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced

  • 1 gold kiwi, peeled and sliced

  • ice cubes

  • 1 ½ cups green grapes


  1. Clear a spot in your freezer that is level and measures at least 14x14-inches.

  2. Place maraschino cherries in a pleasing design around the bottom of a 10- to 12-inch gelatin mold. Arrange mint leaves around the cherries, right-sides down (facing out and touching the mold).

  3. Combine maraschino cherry juice in a bowl with 2 cups water; pour 1/2 inch into the mold on top of cherries and mint, reserve remaining liquid. Place mold in the freezer until partially frozen, about 1 hour.

  4. Remove mold from the freezer and arrange green and gold kiwis on top of cherries. Use ice cubes and grapes to hold kiwi slices in place. Top with remaining ice and grapes. Carefully fill the mold with remaining water-juice mixture, and add more water as necessary to fill to the top edge of the mold. Place in the freezer until frozen solid, about 24 hours.

  5. To unmold the ice ring, fill a bowl that is larger than the mold with 1 inch of hot water. Place the mold into the hot water until ice ring separates from the mold, about 1 minute. Transfer ice ring into your punch bowl and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

You don't have to use the maraschino cherry juice, you can just use water.

Sliced star fruit can be used in place of gold kiwi, if you can find it. Mint leaves simulate holly, but you can substitute rosemary twigs to suggest evergreen needles. Pomegranate arils would also be a nice addition.

When arranging the herb leaves and fruit, remember that anything touching the mold will be seen in the punch bowl. Imagine what you want your design to look like in the punch bowl and work out the design to your liking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

79 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 79
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 29mg 147%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 188mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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