Ice Cube Tray Drinking Game: Rules & How to Play

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Tired of slow-paced games like King’s Cup? The Ice Cube Tray Drinking Game is a very simple but fun activity and can be played both in teams as individual. In this game, you compete against others in drinking booze out of an ice cube tray with a straw.

It’s perfect as part of your selection of beer olympics games, or as a quick and effective warm up of your hangout.

Here, we will take you through the rules and some fun variations!

Your Game Information




20-30 party cups, 2+ ping pong balls


5-10 minutes







How to Play Ice Cube Tray Drinking Game

As mentioned before, the game can be played in teams or individually. The most important thing to remember is that you’ll need at least two ice cube trays and straws.

Both the setup and gameplay are very simple but effective:

Setting Up

If you’re playing in teams, follow these steps:

  1. Divide everyone into teams.
  2. Provide each person with 1 ice tray and 1 straw.
  3. Fill each slot in the ice tray with beer or any other beverage you prefer.

Otherwise, simply follow step 2 and 3.


Here’s how to play the ice cube tray drinking game:

  • Appoint one person as the referee to start the game.
  • The referee then counts from three to one after which they call ‘START!’
  • As soon as “START!” is called, the first person on each team races to drink all the beer from their ice tray using their straw.
  • Once a player finishes all the liquid, the person on their team sitting to the right begins
  • The team that drinks all their beer first wins!

Ice Cube Tray Rules

To keep the game running smooth and fair for everyone, there are some rules:

  • No-one from the same team can drink simultaneously.
  • If a player starts drinking to early, they must wait for three seconds before they can continue.
  • The ice cube trays must be completely empty before the next player of the same team is allowed to start.


Free-for-all is the individual version of the ice cube tray drinking game. It’s a bit more intense since it spans multiple rounds if you’re slow. As mentioned before, all players should have an ice cube tray filled with their drink of choice.

Just like the team-based version, appoint one referee to ensure fair play and to determine the quickest participant.

Here’s how to play the game:

  1. The referee counts from 3 to 1 and shouts ‘START!’
  2. All players begin quickly drinking from their ice cube trays.
  3. Once the first player finishes their tray, the referee calls ‘STOP!’
  4. The winner of that round is now safe from the game and can relax.
  5. All other players refill their trays, and a new round begins.
  6. This cycle continues until only one player remains.
  7. In the final round, both players must finish their ice cube trays.

Wrap Up

A drinking game doesn’t get much easier and straightforward than the ice cube drinking game. Simply be the quickest slurper of them all to get yourself safe in time!

This game is perfect as part of your annual beer olympics! Combine it with different other active drinking games like Beer Dice and have a blast for hours!

Remember to always drink with moderation. Don’t pressure others into drinking and don’t let others do this to you. Be safe and have fun!

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