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1:00 AM 21st June 2023

Why Not Get Together Over A Drink On National Ice Cube Day?

Photo by M.S. Meeuwesen on Unsplash
Photo by M.S. Meeuwesen on Unsplash
Ever felt like you need a good catch-up with friends or family over a drink, but life gets too busy? Here’s your excuse - a new awareness day has been launched by the Official Awareness Days Calendar, initiated by drinks and cocktails expert, The Ice Co, and is calling for Brits to get together with their family and friends over a drink this summer.

National Ice Cube Day on 21st June aims to get the nation together with their family and friends, in-person, to have a catch-up over a drink. This comes as a recent survey from The Ice Co has revealed that more than three-quarters of us Brits believe we’ve lost the art of conversation – we have become more reliant on instant messaging rather than chatting in-person.

The survey also uncovered the extent to which Brits announce important, personal news via text, as opposed to a phone call or, better yet, in-person; one in six said they would tell friends and family about getting engaged via text, and a further 11% said they would even text to announce a pregnancy.

Lucy Redman, Head of Marketing at The Ice Co, commented:
“There’s nothing that says a summer get together more than the sound of ice cubes clinking in the glass, right? Ice cubes are always present in standout occasions and celebrations as drinks - whether alcoholic or a soft drink - are at the centre of almost everything.

“We campaigned for 21st June as summer is when the days are longer, so people are out and about doing more and it’s a time with lots of social occasions with friends and family – like barbeques, al-fresco dining, picnics in the park, time on the beach and staycations. There is no better time for National Ice Cube Day than in the height of summer!”

To celebrate the all-new national day, The Ice Co has created its very own National Ice Cube Day cocktail – a Vodka Watermelon Spritz.


X 1 watermelon
X 50ml Vodka
X 50ml Prosecco
X ½ a lime juiced
X 1tsp honey
X 3 handfuls Party Ice
Top Up: Soda Water
Garnish: Fresh Mint, watermelon wedge and lime wheels


Cut a ¼ of a watermelon into chunks and add 1 cup to a blender. Blend until smooth.
Add the watermelon juice, vodka, lime juice, and honey to cocktail shaker filled with Party Ice and shake well.
Fill a glass to the top with Party Ice, then strain the cocktail over the ice. Add 50ml of prosecco and then top up with soda water before giving it a good stir.
Add a few lime wheels to the glass and garnish with a wedge of watermelon and a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy!

If Vodka Watermelon Spritz isn’t for you, worry not, here’s some other sharable serves to enjoy on National Ice Cube Day!

Blue Lagoon Fish Bowl

Bright, blue and bursting with flavour, this tropical inspired fishbowl is ideal for when you’re having friends round!


250ml vodka
250ml blue curacao
1 litre lemonade
1 bag of Party Ice
Garnish: maraschino cherries and orange wedges


Add the vodka and blue curacao to your jug or fishbowl and stir, then fill generously with Party Ice. Add the lemonade and stir to combine.
Garnish your jug with orange wedges and maraschino cherries.
To serve fill your glass with Party Ice and pour the cocktail over the top, adding an extra cherry and orange wedge on top for garnish.

Raspberry Mojito Fish Bowl

You really can’t go wrong with a mojito, and this raspberry-flavoured recipe is no exception!


450g raspberries
The juice of 4 limes
Mint simple syrup
x 1 cup sugar
x 2 cup water
x 1 cup fresh mint leaves

300ml white rum
1 litre of soda water
Polar Cube Ice
Crushed Ice
Garnish: mint sprigs, raspberries and lime wedges


For the mint simple syrup
Over a medium high heat, bring the sugar and water to a low boil in a saucepan.
Stir until the sugar dissolves and then simmer for a few more minutes without stirring, when the mixture has reduced to half the amount you started with this is ready.
Add the mint leaves to a bowl and pour the syrup over them and cover until cooled, sitting for around an hour until you can strain it ready to use.

For the mojitos
Muddle the raspberries in the bottom of your pitcher or fishbowl, along with your mint simple syrup. Add the rum and lime juice then stir until combined. Add to the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
When ready to serve add the Polar Cube ice and soda water and stir gently.
Pour into glasses filled with crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint, a lime wedge and raspberries to serve.

Classic Sangria

Sangria is a classic summer drink that's perfect for large gatherings. It's easy to make and can be prepared in advance, so you won't have to worry about mixing drinks during the party.


1 bottle of red wine
1 cup of brandy
1/2 cup of orange juice
1/2 cup of sugar syrup
1 sliced orange
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced lime
2 cups of Party Ice


In a large pitcher, combine the wine, brandy, orange juice, and sugar syrup.
Add the sliced fruit and stir to combine.
Refrigerate for at least an hour to let the flavours meld together.
When ready to serve, add the Party Ice to the pitcher and stir.
Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Get involved by sharing your get together enjoying your favourite drink with family and friends on social on 21st June, tagging @TheIceCo and #NationalIceCubeDay!