Celebrate the Winter Olympics by making an ice luge

Your Sochi Winter Olympics party is not complete without a giant block of carved ice to chill your shots

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  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Hannah Bourne

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Hannah Bourne

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Hannah Bourne

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Hannah Bourne

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.

Photograph: Martha Williams

Executive chef Richie Farina sculpts an Ice Luge shot ski in front of Moto Restaurant.


We love the Olympics. Also, themed drinking. So when we were talking about how to celebrate the 2014 Sochi winter games, we immediately thought of making an ice luge to take shots during Olympics parties.


And then we remembered that Moto executive chef and Top Chef alum Richie Farina is a collegiate ice-carving champion. He began carving ice during culinary school (he says he wasn’t big on partying and joined an ice-carving club to stave off boredom.)


So we asked him to make us a special luge, and even though he hadn’t broken out his tools (including a blow torch and an iron), in two years, he quickly turned a 400-pound block of ice into a pair of skis and a jagged mountain. Once he was done, we poured North Shore Distillery vodka down the skis and took ice-cold shots. While that was great, we also thought it would be fun to make special mini-cocktail shots, so we asked Paul McGee of Three Dots and a Dash and Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw to give us some recipes for shots that would be best served poured down an ice block.


You can also make your own, much less intricate, ice luge at home. Just pick up a 40- or 50-pound block of ice (which is much easier to come by than the 400-pound block we had to track down) and use a drill to carve a diagonal path from the top of corner of the block to the opposite bottom corner. Then pour your booze into the top and put your mouth on the bottom for a chilled shot. USA! USA!



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