We are living in strange pandemic times! I am down to my last block of clear ice. The ice vendors in my area are not classified as essential businesses, so they are closed. I might have to start getting small batch in my own freezer! Until then, the clear ice continues to flow. Stay safe out there!
Some photos from the house bar...
This isn't about clear ice, but it is an amazing story. Instead of using the machines to make and carve ice, Michigan Clear Ice is shifting to help out health care workers with personal protective equipment (PPE).
Peter Hardy, owner of Michigan Clear Ice, has turned off the ice-making equipment and fired up the CNC machines he had around the shop. He's now manufacturing protective face shields.
Here's a simple fun video that I discovered over at Boing Boing where the guys at The Modern Rogue harness the power of "cocktail chemistry" to make large format clear ice with a cooler.
I came across this article where Popular Mechanics dives into some of the science behind the types of ice used in cocktails, and finishes the article with a tutorial on using a cooler for directional freezing to create clear ice at home.
Ice might be the most overlooked ingredient of any cocktail recipe. It keeps a drink cold, ensures that it isn’t too stiff, and even alters taste perception.
Looking back on 2019, it appears the "clear ice" market is growing fast:
Clear Ice Makers Market is estimated to be valued at USD 2,861.1 billion (sic) by 2025, registering a CAGR of 6.27% during the forecast period. The growth of the foodservice industry and increasing use of clear ice makers in households are the major factors driving market growth. Product innovation is expected to create new opportunities for vendors active in the global market. However, the need for high initial investments is restricting the growth of the market.
So there you have it! The market is sized at almost 3 billion dollars (the article has a typo saying that it is 2,861 billion, but that should read million). And it grew by 6%.
Later in the article, it is discussed how the market is starting to segment between mass market clear ice, and premium (which we all know and love so well). The rise of premium ice represents exponential growth potential for the clear ice industry.
Strap in everyone! The next 10 years should be fun!
It was an amazing end of the year! Tons of clear ice with friends! I hope you had a great end o the year. Cheers to clear ice adventures in 2020!
Fall has come to new England. My other name for this is bourbon season! The color of the glass matches the color of the leaves.
Hitting the clear ice as we roll into fall up here in New England. Keep living the clear ice life out there!
Here's another solid story about the process and passion around making and selling clear ice. Both Makers in the Hawaii directory are featured:
Creating Crystal Clear Ice for Drinks is Not as Simple as Just Freezing Water
A good story with good pictures about good whiskey and good ice in Buffalo, NY at the Lucky Day whiskey bar. Give it a read!
Tim Stevens did everything he could think of to provide the perfect dram at Lucky Day Whiskey Bar.
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