Here's a no-brainer: ice donuts. These look beautiful in a punch bowl, or a large glass pitcher, or in individual drink glasses, but they need to be pretty wide-mouthed in order to fit the donuts.
I made a few trays with lemon bits in them, perfect for a pitcher of iced tea or water. They came out beautifully.
Then we had a little more fun with the donut ingredients. We used blueberries, Forget-me-nots from our gutter garden, ginger ale and peach bitters. Go light on the peach bitters or the donuts won't freeze up. These also came out nicely.
Look at the little flowers! SO lovely.
You've really got to get your hands on a big glass if you want to enjoy these directly your drink. A faceted working glass or a big canning jar would work. Once your drink gets poured over the ice donut, the donut starts to melt and release its flavors and bits, and separates into smaller pieces like regular ice chips or cubes.
The bitters and ginger ale donuts were especially good in Campari and soda cocktails, and would be great in a little whisky or rum drink, too!
Curious about what else we've done with our donut pans? Click here!