I know what you’re thinking: a DIY!? I thought this was a cocktail blog! But stay with me here. This project is totally booze-related and is only going to add a little pizzazz to your barcart situation. Plus, it’s so easy and inexpensive to pull off, I promise!
I got the idea on Easter when we used the same technique on our blown-out eggs. My niece also informed me that the junior high set has been doing this same thing on their nails for a million years now. DUH.
All you need is a disposable container, a few bottles of nail polish, and some cocktail glasses. I used these $2 gems from CB2, but really any would work—martini, coupe, highball, you name it. Each one turns out completely unique, and they add such interest to any cocktail hour.
- cocktail glasses
- disposable container
- toothpicks or wooden skewers
- nail polish – as many or as few colors as you like
Add water to your disposable container – fill it about half way up. The more you fill, the deeper you can dip. Add a few swirls of each color of nail polish—it may sink momentarily but will then float up to the top. Using a toothpick or wooden skewer, swirl the colors together to create your desired pattern. Don’t mix too much or the colors will blend! Take one of the glasses and dip it into the marbled water. Pull out carefully and ta-da! Lay down (propped if needed to prevent rolling) with the marbled side up to dry completely. You can use a paper towel/Q-tip and nail polish remover to make any touch-ups needed.
Before you start on glass #2, use the skewer to pull remaining nail polish off the surface of the water (it will have started to dry and will easily pull away). Repeat the above process for as many glasses as you wish!
Care: Hand wash with warm water and mild soap as soon after using as possible. Let air dry.
- 1.5 oz gin
- 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- .75 oz lime juice
- 4-6 oz tonic, depending on preference
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add first three ingredients to the glass, give a good stir. Fill with the tonic water. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge or twist. Voila!