Party Drink Ideas: Create Glowing, Flaming, or Smoking Dry Ice Shots & Cocktails

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Ideas for Party Drinks

Make your next party special by serving unique and striking drinks that are simple to create but are sure to impress your guests. Everyone will rave about your drinks, and your party will be a huge success. Here are some ideas and instructions for creating fun drinks, including:

  • Glowing drinks
  • Fog drinks
  • Flaming drinks
  • Ice glasses
  • Other unique decoration ideas

These ideas will surely kick your party up a notch, and your guests will have a blast. Cheers!

Tonic water glows blue, and drinks with B vitamins glow a yellow-green color.

Tonic water glows blue, and drinks with B vitamins glow a yellow-green color.

Brighten Things Up With Glow-in-the-Dark Drinks

Drinks that glow in the dark are one of the simplest ways to light up a party. There are several ways to make them:

  • You can use glow sticks as stirrers, or just drop a glow stick into the bottom of the cup. Make sure to sanitize the glow sticks before use.
  • Tonic water glows neon blue under black light because it contains quinine. Simply make your mixed drinks with tonic water; or, if you don't like the taste, make tonic water ice cubes and put them in your drinks.
  • Another option is to put a small cup inside of a larger, clear one. Fill the smaller glass with your drink of choice, and pour tonic water into the outer glass. Use a straw to drink.
  • Energy drinks supplemented with B vitamins will glow a yellow-green color. Serve in a clear glass for the best effect.
  • You can also just drop a B vitamin into your glass! However, if you don't want a vitamin in your drink, simply use the double glass technique outlined above, filling the outer glass with water and dissolving the vitamin inside.

For Kids, Use Light-Up Ice Cubes

Glowing ice cubes are the perfect solution if you want to have drinks with special effects but don't feel ambitious enough to try some of the DIY techniques.

Light-up ice cubes typically contain LED lights and come in multiple colors. Snag a couple of colors, or use just one color to match your party theme. They are reusable, so they will last for more than one party.

LED ice cubes are also great for children's parties, and the kids will be amazed when their drinks light up. Again, this effect works best if you serve the drinks in clear cups.

LED ice cubes are an easy way to light up your party.

LED ice cubes are an easy way to light up your party.

How to Make Flaming Drinks

Flaming drinks at a party are a hot idea. It's easier than you may think, and it's relatively safe as long as proper procedures and precautions are followed:

  • The most important thing to remember is to put out the fire before you take a drink. The fire will burn you if you try to drink it.
  • Alcohol burns with a light blue flame. Turn off the lights for better visibility.
  • Before you light the drink, close all other bottles of alcohol and move them away from the area. Other sources of alcohol could catch on fire, and things could get swiftly out of control. Keep away from any other flammable materials, such as paper or cloth.
  • Having a fire extinguisher handy is a good idea, and baking soda can also be used to put out any flames.
  • Do not pour more alcohol into an already-flaming drink. It could light the bottle on fire or even cause the fire to spray.
  • Do not let the drink burn too long and do not leave unattended. Fire can cause the glass to crack or break, and can also ruin the taste of the drink.
  • The higher the alcohol proof, the better it will burn. Cream liqueurs don't burn very well.
  • Heavy, round, and short glassware works best. Thin glass can break easily when set aflame.
  • If you sprinkle cinnamon on the top of the drink, it will sparkle when you light it!

Be Careful

Blow out the fire, then drink. The fire will burn you if you try to drink it.


  1. Warm a glass over a burner on low heat. Do not let the glass make direct contact with the flame. Heat until the glass is warm to touch. This will keep it from breaking when the drink is lit.
  2. Mix the drink and pour it into the glass.
  3. Move the drink away from you and your guests, and make sure everyone stands back.
  4. Light a match and touch the flame to the drink. Do not let your hand, clothing, hair, or anything else contact the drink. You can use a lighter, but keep in mind that the fluid may contaminate the drink.
  5. When you are ready to drink, extinguish the fire by blowing it out. Make sure the fire dies out completely before drinking.

Making Misty Fog Drinks

Drinks that have a mysterious fog rolling out of them are a great conversation starter at any party and are a good addition to a Hawaiian luau, Halloween, or fire-and-ice-themed parties. Fog drinks are made by using dry ice.

Relax—dry ice isn't poisonous or extremely dangerous. It is just the frozen state of carbon dioxide, the same gas we exhale. However, it can cause a freezer burn if handled with bare skin, so be careful and use tongs or wear gloves when handling it. You can use dry ice to make a fog punch or individual misty drinks.

  • For individual fog drinks, drop a small piece of dry ice into the bottom of a glass. Place regular ice cubes on top, then add the drink. Serve with a straw so that your guests don't accidentally drink the dry ice.
  • If you are worried about someone swallowing the dry ice, pour a small amount of warm water into a large glass. Pour the mixed drink into a smaller glass and place it inside the larger one so that the water surrounds it. Drop a small piece of dry ice into the warm water. Serve with a straw.
  • Use the same technique to create a fog punch: Pour water into the larger bowl and drop in a few pieces of dry ice. Place a small punch bowl into a larger one, and pour the punch into the smaller bowl.
  • Using dry ice in drinks is even easier if you use dry ice swizzle sticks. Place a piece of dry ice into the holder and drop it into the drink. This way, there is no need to worry about dry ice coming in contact with the skin or mouth.
Dry ice gives your drinks a spooky effect.

Dry ice gives your drinks a spooky effect.

Keep Things Cool With an Ice Glass

Help your guests chill out by giving them a glass made of ice. They are great for ice-themed parties or hot summer nights.

  • Buy a mold to make ice shots. Simply fill the mold with water and freeze. Pop-out the frozen glasses, pour the drinks and serve.
  • Make glowing ice shots by using tonic water in the molds.
  • If you don't want to invest in an ice mold, follow the directions in the video below to make DIY ice glasses using a plastic cup.

How to Rim a Glass

Rimming the edge of the glass is a great visual element that adds a hint of flavor to the drink. It is very simple to do.

  1. Pour the salt, sugar, or another ingredient of choice onto a plate. Spread it out so that the pile is wider than the glass.
  2. Take a slice of lemon or lime and run it around the edge of the cup. This moistens the glass so that the salt or sugar will stick to it. You can also use a wet sponge.
  3. Carefully place the glass onto the plate. Gently turn it so that the edges are completely coated.

Other Decoration Options

  • You can use caramel or chocolate sauce as well. Just pour a thick layer onto a plate and dip the glass into it, making sure that the whole rim is coated. Don't coat the glass too thickly or else the sauce will drip down the sides of the glass.
  • Colored sugar or Kool-Aid powder can also be used to make the decoration more colorful.
  • Pop Rocks are an especially fun way to add some spark to your drinks. You can either rim the glass with Pop Rocks or sprinkle them on top of the drink for a flavor boost. Sour-apple Pop Rocks taste great with apple martinis, while other flavors, such as strawberry and watermelon, compliment cocktails really well.

Other Special Effects for Your Drinks

These extra touches turn a regular drink into something spectacular. The visual aspect is quite important at parties and events, so don't neglect the little details.

  • Use ice molds to turn your ice into fun shapes!
  • Umbrellas, funny drink stirrers, and special straws are an easy way to make a drink look more fun.
  • Buy glasses or cups to match your theme. It's an instant mood-setter.
  • Add fresh fruit to drinks for a pop of color and flavor boost.

On the Rocks

When someone asks for a drink on the rocks, give it to them—literally. Several retailers and party supply stores sell stones that act as ice. Simply pop them in the freezer for a few hours, and then drop them into your guests' drinks.

They will keep the drink cold and make a unique statement. Plus, they are reusable! Plain ice will never have the same appeal.

Party Poll

© 2011 Candace Bacon


Flower house on January 13, 2014:

I think glowing is good because it rock and it glows everything up

tastiger04 on July 25, 2013:

Great ideas! I will have to try these out sometime......thanks for sharing! :) Voted up and awesome

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on February 10, 2013:

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate all of your comments and thoughts. I hope you all get a chance to try these fun drink ideas.

@Claims-Advice - All the appropriate safety precautions should definitely be used with the flaming drinks.

David Lopez from Camberwell, Melbourne on November 30, 2012:

Great idea for parties!

ITcoach from United States on October 23, 2012:


Thank you so much for sharing the nice idea about the drinks. I am addicted to these one and sharing with friends too. voted and tweeted your hub

Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on October 22, 2012:

With the holiday coming up, I now know the additions that I can make. Thanks much

IzzyM from UK on October 22, 2012:

Wow! I so want an invite to a party at your house!

ryanjhoe from Somewhere over the rainbow on October 22, 2012:

Wow! nice tips, I love this! worth to try because it's looks fun. Thanks for share it. :)

Ingenira on October 21, 2012:

Awesome drink ideas for party ! Wow !!

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on October 21, 2012:

This is AMAZING! I've often fantasized about doing something like this; you took it way beyond my fantasies!

H Lax on October 21, 2012:

Those are awesome! Love them.

Rockstarhobbo on October 21, 2012:

Hey really cool ideas dude! Didn't know there was so many ways of 'decorating drinks' :D

Pete Wolfe from NJ on October 19, 2012:

Cool man, this is really neat. I will have to try some of these ideas on Halloween. Thank you

Sam Graham from Australia on September 07, 2012:

Great, really great ideas. Next time I have a party I am definitely going to put to use some of your tips.

Thanks very much.

Jacob Smiley from Nebraska USA on September 04, 2012:

Liked your hub ideas! Good job!

Jackson from Denver on September 04, 2012:

Ah this is the coolest hubpage I've seen so far! Epic

DMVmimay on September 04, 2012:

that was awesome! i cant believe glow in the dark drinks did exist..it just...my first time..HEHE .. thanks for sharing this Candace, keep hubbing :))

Jim Loxley from London on September 04, 2012:

I should also mention, this hub is amazing. You've inspired me to make my own better!

nikashi_designs on September 03, 2012:

Fantastic Hub, have been thinking about a thrilling Halloween party and these drink idea's are perfect, love the glowing and the classic dry ice drinks. Thanks

MomsTreasureChest on September 03, 2012:

Great Hub! I can't wait to try some of these ideas, thanks!

Cody on September 03, 2012:

well said. good job. props to you

Jim Loxley from London on September 03, 2012:

I've seen some pretty nasty injuries from flaming drinks. Be careful...

tigresosal on August 19, 2012:

Very interesting ideas. Although, these look like magical potions in witch stories, for sure it should be fun in a party. By the way, what does tonic water constitute. I really do not know.

Top Rated Recipes on August 19, 2012:

Awesome ideas! These neat tricks will surely liven up a party!

vibesites from United States on August 18, 2012:

Very interesting and detailed hub. I might try this in my party someday. :)

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 18, 2012:

this is quite cool, it will definitely brighten up any party, literally! :)

Sam Little from Wheelwright KY on August 16, 2012:

great hub. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to try these ideas

Carla Dominique from Philippines on August 15, 2012:

cool hub. thanks for the idea.

Felicia Vasquez from New Mexico on August 15, 2012:

I love the shot glass out of ice idea!!! so going to use that at my next party!

Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on August 15, 2012:

Super duper detailed. Awesome that I know now how to make a foggy drink. Really thanks for this one.

Hazzabanana8 from Southern Realms of England on August 14, 2012:

New to working at a bar, cool Hub :)

Amir Nasser on August 14, 2012:

Wow I loved this post. Gotta try the glowing thing! (^_^)

Captainausume from New Jersey on August 14, 2012:

I'm a budding bartender. This is good to know!

leakeem from Earth on August 14, 2012:

Cool! I like the glowing drinks technique the most!

Nabil from Morocco on August 14, 2012:

Very nice hub, continu!!!

Sarah Campbell from Liverpool, UK on August 14, 2012:

Fantastic hub! I can't wait to try some of these!

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on August 12, 2012:

I am going to use your idea on my party...this will add extra fun and excitement...nice hub...up

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on August 12, 2012:

Nice hub, lots of good ideas and very entertaining!

Jeff Boettner from Tampa, FL on August 12, 2012:

I wish I had read this hub last night as I have to work tomorrow....but, Your pics have inspired me,..... headin to the store now :). Awesome hub cocopreme :), I'm archiving this one! Voted up and sharing.

taazakhabar from New Delhi, India on August 12, 2012:

Informative... Interesting and Innovative. Needless to say I liked it. I have started following you so expect me back anytime and every time you post something nice and interesting.

sakun2012 on August 11, 2012:

Excellet Hub idea.......those drinks look real fun :) Can't wait to try it myself. Thanks for sharing. Good luck!!!

talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on August 11, 2012:

Those drink ideas are fun to the max! I might try the B-vitamin method or the Pop Rocks rim to spice up party drinks. I totally remember Pop Rocks - I used to eat BAGS of that stuff as a kid!

enkindler on August 10, 2012:

This is fantastic! Wish I could vote you up more than once :) Thank you for sharing.

CSNewYork from New Jersey on August 10, 2012:

This is so cool! It would definitely make a New Year's Day party unique. Great hub!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on August 08, 2012:

Purple Perl - Thank you!

cfin - The ice cubes are fun. Thanks!

cfin from The World we live in on August 03, 2012:

Those ice cubes are great!! I might check them out

Esther Shamsunder from Bangalore,India on June 23, 2012:

Innovative ideas that are being bookmarked. Thanks for sharing!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on March 26, 2012:

louromano - Thanks! Hope it turns out well.

louromano on March 25, 2012:

Awesome recipe. I will be using this hub in the coming week. Good stuff

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on March 03, 2012:

Baker Haley - Thanks so much! The dry ice swizzle sticks are so convenient for parties. They are definitely a handy and clever invention for fun drinks.

Baker Haley from A hot oven on March 01, 2012:

This hub is brilliant. I didn't even know they made Dry Ice Swizzle sticks. I'm totally trying this at my next party! Thanks!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on February 29, 2012:

theking2020 - Thank you!

theking2020 on February 28, 2012:

Wow awesome ideas, I'm start using them when I plan a party at my house again. Voted awesome. Would love to hear your feedback on my article.


Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on February 24, 2012:

kayyluh - Thanks so much! There are tons of fun drink ideas out there.

cardelean - You can make your next party drinks more awesome. Thank you!

cardelean from Michigan on February 21, 2012:

Super fun! Wish I would have seen this before the gathering that I had last Saturday! I'm bookmarking this one and passing it along to others!

kayyluh on February 20, 2012:

Great hub! I had no idea you could do this to drinks or even that it was possible. I enjoyed reading your hub! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work, voted up and awesome!:))

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on February 09, 2012:

Wendy Finn - Thanks! These drinks would definitely outshine the food.

bmukherjii - There are some fun and unique party ideas out there. Thanks!

bmukherjii on February 09, 2012:

Unbelievable..I could not even know that things like this even exists.. great party ideas

Wendy Finn from UK on February 09, 2012:

How awesome. Thanks for this. I always overlook drinks in favour of the food, this is really different.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on January 17, 2012:

Deborah Rangel - Thanks! The glowing drinks are very easy to do.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on January 07, 2012:

Steve LePoidevin - Thank you! Hope your next party is a blast.

Steve LePoidevin from Thailand on January 06, 2012:

Great ideas! Will definitely have to try some of these out at our next party.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 15, 2011:

SilkThimble - It is amazing that some things just naturally glow. Some detergent will also and so will petroleum jelly. Thanks!

Chafu - Hope it works well for you! Thanks!

Chafu on December 15, 2011:

Very nice hub...Especially about the fogging drink... Gonna try it :D !!

SilkThimble from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 14, 2011:

What a great collection of ideas! I especially like the glowing and fogging techniques (I'm fascinated by the fact tonic water and Vitamin B will glow naturally).

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 12, 2011:

I love Cookery holidays in France - These are definitely fun to use at Halloween. If you want to try the fogging drinks, you can pick up some of the dry ice sticks. That way you don't have to worry about it. But the other ideas can still make for a fun time. Thanks!

I love Cookery holidays in France on December 12, 2011:

Fogging drinks idea is just brilliant, but I would be too afraid to use dry ice, what if someone is being stupid and touch it or drink it. Way too risky.

But other ideas are cool. Will be amazing for Halloween! :)

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 11, 2011:

homesteadbound - Thank you!

Robin - Frozen bugs are a wonderful way to give drinks an extra bit of spooky goodness. Thanks

ThePelton - You are right. Being careful is the key when making flaming drinks. That's why it is best to turn out the lights. You can see the flame better.

Genesis - Cheers to you! Hope your holiday parties are fantastic.

Kris Heeter - Thanks so much!

DzyMsLizzy - You are right. All these ideas can be made kid friendly except for the flaming drinks. Thanks!

rebeccamealey - The glowing ones are one of the easiest to create. Thank you!

cclitgirl - Hope your holiday party is a big hit!

CodeMaster - How'd your weekend go? Thanks for the compliment!

Apryl Schwarz - Thanks!

OfTheHeart - Thank you! The glow does make the drink more appealing.

brsmom68 - Ice molds are super easy to use and make the drink look cooler (ha, ha) as well. Glad yours works well. Thank you!

sportgames - Hope your party is awesome!

arusho - Dry ice is one of my favorite party extras. The dry ice sticks make using it in drinks really convenient.

Gatti - Thanks and hope the dry ice sticks work well at your party!

htodd - Thanks much!

htodd from United States on December 10, 2011:

Thanks and the great post..Nice

Gatti on December 10, 2011:

Great Hub I'm looking forward to using the dry ice sticks.

arusho on December 09, 2011:

I loved all those ideas. I think I would like to try the dry ice sticks, that's seems the easiest for me. good hub!

sportgames from Ashter Street 14, New Yok on December 08, 2011:

Very nice hub. let me know when you are having a party:D

I will also try some of this cool tricks on the new year party I am organizing.

Diane Ziomek from Alberta, Canada on December 08, 2011:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! You have some very neat ideas, and I will be bookmarking this. I wouldn't mind trying a few of the tricks one day. As for the ice shot glasses, I bought the trays to make them a couple years ago. They work nicely!

Stephanie from New York on December 08, 2011:

Cool hub, amazing amount of information on how to do drinks. My favorite is the glowing drink. I want to try my hand at that! The glow makes it look so much more appetizing. Love the pics and videos..

Apryl Schwarz from Nebraska on December 08, 2011:

Very cool ideas!

CodeMaster from Alaska, Anchorage on December 08, 2011:

This is a fantastic hub! Guess what I'm doing this weekend? Thanks for the ideas, keep 'em coming!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 08, 2011:

This is *awesome*. Great hub. I will have to try this at one of my holiday parties. :) Voted up!!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 08, 2011:

In time for New Years! Thanks for great and creative tips.I like the glowing ones best.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on December 08, 2011:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! Great job.

These are all fun and intersting ideas to spice up any party, and I can see how they would also work equally well for non-alcoholic drinks for kids' parties (except not the flaming drinks, of course).

Voted up across the board & shared.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on December 08, 2011:

Cool ideas for a great party or get together! Congrats on hub of the day!

Genesis from Canada on December 08, 2011:

This hub is fantastic, and very timely! I'm definitely going to try some of these during the holiday season. Thank you for sharing. Cheers!

ThePelton from Martinsburg, WV USA on December 08, 2011:

Flammable liquids can pose problems. A match will light Whiskey fumes on fire well above the liquid. Alcohol flames are blue and can be difficult to see in daylight. Be careful.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 08, 2011:

princesswithapen - Thanks so much for the compliment! These ideas really are easy. Even the flaming drinks aren't as hard as they seem. But the effect looks awesome.

SanneL - There are definitely some things to try for New Year's parties. Thanks!

imkd - Thanks! Just don't try out all of them at once!

swayaminfotech - How did it work?

Archana G Saha - Double thanks!

rorshak sobchak - Thank you!

Katherine Thorell - Thanks! Sometimes the simplest ideas work best.

learner365 - Parties are all about making a special experience for the guests. Thank you!

Windclimber - Thank you! I wouldn't mind that a bit! It would sure make my month.

chicagoguy - Thanks so much!

VeronicaFarkas - Thanks! Pop Rocks and flaming drinks are as fun to watch as they are to drink.

Keeley Shea - Hope your next party is amazing and thank you!

VirginiaLynne - Glowing tonic water is a fun thing to try with kids. Your machine sounds really neat. Bet it's fun at Halloween. Thank you!

mattforte - Wow! Thanks! Now you can be the rocking party guy amongst your friends.

againsttheodds - That might be an idea for a REAL mad science party. Ha ha

JohnGreasyGamer - Except for the flaming drinks, the rest of the ideas don't even have to be used for alcoholic drinks. They can just be used to make the party more entertaining. As long as everyone is careful, flaming drinks aren't dangerous. But I do see your point. Drinking should be done responsibly and shouldn't be glamorized for young people.

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on December 08, 2011:

What a fantastic Hub! I'm passing this one along to my friends. We recently went to a Halloween party and the hostess had her ice frozen with gummy worms hanging out of them. It was so fun and yummy in a cocktail.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on December 08, 2011:

Very interesting ideas.

Congratulations on hub of the day!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on December 08, 2011:

Wow! It was so thrilling to discover that this hub was selected for Hub of the Day. Thank you HubPages! Thanks to everyone for your comments!

againsttheodds on December 08, 2011:

ok you're right, Greasygamer, don't try the Tritium at home.

John Roberts from South Yorkshire, England on December 08, 2011:

I don't think it was the best idea making this blatantly advertised as the Hub of the Day - gives many young people and drinkers alike bad ideas.

I'm not saying it's a bad Hub, no, it's well written and structured, but I'm thinking about health concerns if people experiment differently to the stuff mentioned. Great work anyway.

againsttheodds on December 08, 2011:

Another great way to make a glowing drink is to drop some Tritium in it.

Steven Pearson from Bonney Lake, WA on December 08, 2011:

I haven't even gotten past the first section yet, but I've bookmarked, stumbled, and voted this up.

I'm "the guy" who hosts most of the parties among my closest circle of friends, and these ideas are rockin'. Thanks Coco!

Virginia Kearney from United States on December 08, 2011:

Terrific ideas. I especially like the glow sticks and tonic water hint. We have black lights and a machine that uses water to make fog in a punch bowl. My kids will have a great time!

Keeley Shea from Norwich, CT on December 08, 2011:

Excellent Hub - congratulations on hub of the day! I haven't done any of these. My next party is sure to be a hit with some new exciting drinks. Thanks for writing!

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on December 08, 2011:

Awesome hub! I've done the pop rocks & fire, but have never rimmed a glass w/ caramel, or made drinks to go in the dark (black light)!! I love the ideas, pictures, and video.

Raj Lally Batala from Chicago ,USA on December 08, 2011:

Great hub !! innovative !! Congratulations on the hub of the day!

Windclimber from my boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay on December 08, 2011:

Great job! I'll bet a link for this one gets sent from person to person criss-crossing the country.

Saadia A on December 08, 2011:

What an awesome Hub to give an extra special touch to your party and give your friends and guests a wonderful experience.

Voted up and useful.Congrats as well on "Hub of the day"

Katherine Thorell on December 08, 2011:

This hub is great! What wonderful and simple ideas to spice up the party :) Thank you for sharing :)

rorshak sobchak on December 08, 2011:

I love this Hub! Great job.

swayaminfotech on December 08, 2011:

testing now

imkd on December 08, 2011:

nice ideas... i'll try out fifty shots... :)

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