Frozen Tumbleweeds are a delicious adult beverage that makes a great Christmas gift. Mix up a bucket for each of your besties. Frozen Tumbleweeds is such a simple and delicious drink mix to make you are likely to make it a go-to homemade gift. I even have labels you can customize with your name.

Your friends might also like homemade Irish Cream. It is another one of my easy gift ideas for adults.

frozen tubleweed drink in red plastic bucket lid removed
Bucket of Frozen Tumbleweeds

One evening many years ago when I was out with my friends we all decided to enjoy an after-dinner cocktail. As I looked over a drink menu I saw a Tumbleweed listed and decided to try it. The flavors in this drink have had me hooked ever since.

When at home one evening I wanted dessert and an after-dinner cocktail that is when I first made Frozen Tumbleweeds. I am a huge fan of ice cream and decided to mix vanilla ice cream with coffee liqueur and crème de cacao. Viola, there you have it the Frozen Tumbleweed a delicious milkshake-like after-dinner cocktail.

It doesn’t stop there thou, I figured out how you can share this drink with others in a personal and festive way. You can make this recipe in bulk and package it as a present for Christmas or another special event.

Only Three delicious ingredients are in my Frozen Tumbleweeds

Only 3 ingredients needed for this yummy drink! Grab some festive plastic buckets for gifting and you are ready to make an awesome gift.

Here’s what you need:

  • A softened five-quart container of vanilla ice cream.
  • Coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua. (I used Kamora since I am on a budget and it worked just great.)
  • Crème de cacao, such as Hiram Walker.
  • Half-gallon buckets with a festive pattern on them.  Three is the perfect number of buckets for my recipe.  (I found these at Wal-Mart, but the local grocery stores and the dollar store also carry them during the holidays)

Here’s How You Make Frozen TumbleWeeds

Begin by pulling the vanilla ice cream out of the freezer to soften.

Put the softened ice cream into a large mixing bowl.

Next, add the coffee liqueur and crème de cacao and mix well. I found using a handheld electric mixer the easiest way to mix all the ingredients together.

tumbleweed ingredients ice cream creme de cacao coffee liquor

Fill the buckets with the Frozen Tumbleweeds drink mix.  Once filled, place the lids on the buckets.

red plastic bucket filled with frozen tumbleweed mix

Put a label on the lid that identifies what is in the bucket, and storage and serving instructions. The instructions on the label should read:

  • Keep the Tumbleweeds in the freezer, and
  • Stir before serving.

If you like the labels I used you may download them.  I printed them on 1-up label paper and cut out on the gray line. You can purchase individual sheets from a copy store like Kinko’s or order 1-up label paper online.

top of bucket with printable label tumbleweeds keep in freezer stir before serving

——–> Download Tumbleweed Instruction Label

Let’s turn this delicious drink in a Christmas gift.

Let’s Turn This Delicious Drink into A Great Gift

Place a ribbon vertically around the bucket. Make sure the ends of the ribbon come together in the front of the bucket. Next, where the ribbon comes together, I placed a label with a greeting from our family.

Just for you, I have made a downloadable greeting label for your use. To personalize the label, download it and change the area that says who the gift. Click your cursor over that area and you should be able to customize the labels (I am crossing my fingers that this works).

———-> Download  Customizable May your Holiday be Merry Label

red plastic bucket with white label and white ribbon may you holiday be merry


plastic bucket with may you holiday merry fill with frozen tumblewood
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Frozen Tumbleweeds

Only 3 ingredients needed for this yummy drink! Grab some festive plastic buckets for gifting and you are ready to make an awesome gift.
Prep Time 15 minutes


  • 3 Half gallon buckets


  • 1 Tub vanilla ice cream 1 5qt tub softened
  • 2 1/2 Cups Coffee liqueur
  • 2 1/2 Cups Creme de cacao


  • Mix all ingredients in a huge bowl. I used a handheld electric mixer. Fill the buckets and now you are ready to label.
  • Put a label on the top telling what is in the bucket and that it needs to be kept in the freezer and must be stirred before serving.


Makes 8 eight ounces servings.


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 6mg | Sugar: 35g
Servings: 8
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

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  1. What a fun idea! This frozen tumbleweeds recipe will be perfect for bringing to holiday parties.

  2. Love this – I made one for each of my neighbors and they all loved it too! I pinned the recipe to make again soon! Thank you

  3. Diane, I found these at Wal-Mart but I have also seen plastic buckets at Target and the Dollar Store. Hope this helps.

  4. Yes, Rebecca, it is severed like a shake (the yummiest shake ever). Sorry, I don’t know how many servings for sure but you should be able to get about 8 – 8-ounce servings.

  5. I assume this is poured into a glass and served like a shake? Do you recall how many servings you get out of a half-gallon bucket? Thanks, this is a darling idea!

  6. Got the buckets and did this for my neighbors – they just loved it! Thanks for the great idea! I have another question for you. I LOVE the typeface that you used for the labels and would love to use it for my Christmas cards next year. Can you tell me what the name of the typeface is? Thanks so much! Love your website!

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