When my uncle Michael retrieved this bowl made of mint and ice to serve fruit salad in, I was taken aback. It was so beautiful and such a great, simple idea! A great use for the mint that grows rampant at all of our houses. You could use thinly slices citrus as well. Make 2 days in advance for best results.
You will need:
2 bowls that nest into one another (Michael used metal bowls; be careful when you handle them frozen since your hands can easily stick to them. Ouch!)
Something to prop the two bowls apart during freezing process, such as a very small plastic bowl or cup (Michael used those plastic things you get in pizza boxes that stop the lid from touching)
Something to weigh the first bowl down that is freezer-safe
1. Pour water into the big bowl about 2/3 full. Get your prop in the middle and quickly place the other bowl inside with the weight inside (Michael used a brick).
2. Stuff mint stalks all around the sides of the bowl. Don’t go overboard. You still want to be able to see the ice. Add more water if necessary.
3. Freeze at least one day. Carefully remove the bowl from the freezer. Take the weight and fill the middle bowl with a bit of hot water, swishing around until you can pop it out. Add about 1/2 to an inch of cold water to the base. This will thicken the base of the bowl and make it last longer. Freeze again overnight.
4. Use cold or slightly warm water from the faucet to loosen the outside bowl. You will need to flip the bowl upside down to release the ice bowl. Use immediately after releasing from the bowl. Best if kept in an ice bed if possible.
*If you’re serving anything liquid in the ice bowl keep an eye on it. The last thing anyone needs is the bowl melting and punch going everywhere!