If you need a large amount of ice, the most frugal way to get
it is by starting ahead of time. If you have an ice-maker with your
refrigerator, you need to time how long it takes to make new cubes once you
empty them out, and plan accordingly. The same things is true for
ice trays, although you have the option with trays of using more of them.
You may want to use both.
If your goal is to keep a
large amount of liquid cold, you can get by with less ice if you make the ice
cubes larger. They will take longer to melt.
If you purchase ice, and don't have a large cooler, put it in
the washing machine. If you have canned beverages, you can also place them
inside the washing machine.
a couple frugal drinks that make good use of
Cranberry Sizzle Punch
containers frozen lemonade
2 - 32 oz bottles cranberry cocktail
2 boxes pineapple juice
1 large bottle 7-Up or Gingerale
orange & lime slices (optional)
Mix cranberry cocktail, undiluted lemonade & pineapple juice. Add fruit slices.
Just before serving add pop & ice.
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cup water
Put the raspberries and the sugar in a blender and whip until
smooth. Strain, and put the clear liquid in a pitcher.
Add the lemon juice and the water. Chill.