With the Winter Olympics starting, it’s time for us mortals to gather around the TV and marvel at what other human beings are capable of. Seriously, I can’t even believe I’m the same species as Olympians. There are people in this world sliding on ice at speeds of 100 miles per hour and the second I step foot on a partially-frozen puddle, I am down for the count. So, while I may not be great at winter sports—or anything having to do with winter, if I’m honest—there is one thing I am really great at: taking shots. And what’s one thing taking shots and the Olympics have in common? Luge! While you’re watching world-class athletes fly down a path of ice, I’m going to teach you how to make your own homemade ice luge so you can take part in the action—and get good and drunk in the process.
1. So, first things first, you’ll need some kind of bin. Any old storage bin or plastic tub will totally suffice—as long as it fits in your freezer!
2. Fill the bin with cool water. Make sure you don’t fill it all the way to the brim, though; you need to leave some room for expansion. Once the bin is full, put it in the freezer, tilting the container slightly length-wise. This will ensure that your shot will actually travel all the way down your luge. Leave it in the freezer until the water is completely frozen through. Depending on how big your luge is, this could take a few hours.
3. When your block of ice is ready, it’s time to carve paths for your shots! A sturdy knife, a hammer, or even a screwdriver would be the perfect carving tool. Get creative with the paths; make them intersect, carve an “S” shape, go nuts! They should be about an inch thick. Just be careful—if you want to carve two paths so that multiple people can use the ice luge at once, you need to make sure you’re leaving enough room between paths for both people to drink comfortably at the bottom!
4. Once you’re satisfied with the paths you’ve carved, you need to smooth them out. While ice in a drink is usually favorable, I doubt people will want to swallow shards of the ice luge with their shots. The simplest way to do this is to continue to pour hot water down the channels until they’re nice and smooth.
5. You’re all ready to go! My last few safety tips would be to make sure the luge is secure on a sturdy table before use. It’s also extra safe to have someone stand at the top of the luge while it’s in use, just to make sure it’s not sliding anywhere. Pour slowly, drink responsibly, and bring home the gold(schlager)!
Header image courtesy of Amazon.