TODAY | July 23, 2013
>>> for decades ice bars have been hot overseas. now those frozen pops seem to be popping up all over the states.
>> ice bar orlando is the largest permanent ice bar in the world made from more than 50 tons of ice and kept at below freezing temps. clearly i was in for a very different kind of florida getaway.
>> reporter: the sun, the surf, the sand, and right in the middle of the sweltering heat -- an ice bar . that's more like it. everything in here is ice. how do you keep that in that form?
>> you're actually sitting in a giant freezer.
>> do you get a unique group of people wanting to work here?
>> we have had some people who came in and said, i'm dying to be your ice bar bartender. and they last about 25 minutes and go, okay, i'm just dying.
>> reporter: on to a carving lesson with joe, the sculptor behind all of the ice bar art.
>> go ahead and -- not like that! i'm just kidding.
>> i got it. woo!
>> reporter: joe had one more trick up his sleeve.
>> hoda's hair looks really good. i feel right at home now. i've got my girls. need a drink. bartender. i was ready to mix things up ice bar style.
>> two glasses. yep. check. did that. you know how much to do, right? you going low or high.
>> high, high, high. cheers!
>> oh, my gosh, that tastes just like root beer .
>> it is. it is dangerous.
>> oh, this is going to be a long night. welcome to our freezer! hi, guys, welcome to the ice bar . i have some drinks picked out for you. this is called the cream sickle. cream and sickle. i'm going to make this really strong because you look like you need a drink. it didn't take long for me to heat this place up. here we go.
>> thank you.
>> that will warm you up on the inside.
>> this is a peachy princess. it looks right up your alley, sir. whoa. lot of peach in there. not so much princess. who's up next? i like it alcohol with a splash of mixer.
>> good job!
>> reporter: finally, i found some florida warmth. time to defrost. that's cold. speaking of defrosting, i tried to bring back the ice sculptures but this is as far as i got. don't drink that all in one sitting, carson.
>> the glasses were made of ice?
>> all made of ice. one- time use .
>> which one was hoda?
>> the one with the really great hair.
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