I came across an article published in The Growler about the rise of clear ice in America.
Clear ice is the clear choice, clearly. Quality, clear ice does not initially add as much water, allowing control of dilution, more consistent flavor, and better regulation of temperature. American cocktails took their first breaths over clear ice, granting it the noble benefit of historical precedence. Finally, while it’s so much more than aesthetics that make clear ice the perfect choice for every occasion, it really does look sexy as hell.
I've been on the hunt for some solid newsletter software for the past couple of months. I came across a company Letterfuel that is doing some cool stuff with curation newsletters which is perfect for my goal with clear ice life: Let more people know about the wonders of clear ice!
I published the first issue today, and plan to send one out every Friday. Sometimes they will be long, sometimes short, but they will always have the latest links to cool stuff happening in the clear ice world.
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I cam across a short video piece (4 min) about Ice Cubed Hawaii. They do a good job of covering an overview of the clear ice business, and the benefits of a clear ice cocktail. Go check it out!
I previously mentioned the Forge Clear Ice system bringing counter top clear ice production and ice sphere creation into the kitchen. Here's an updated article that is showcasing the ice sphere creation portion of the system. It appears to use electricity to melt the ice into a sphere, vs the more common metal press method that is pervasive today.
Go check out the article at GearBrain:
The device comes from FirstBuild, a community of makers that's backed by GE Appliances, so you know there's some solid tinkering behind the product. Companies that have come out of the incubator include Paragon, an induction cooker, and Opal, a flake ice maker. (Sense a theme?)
So there you go! $1500 for a full clear ice and ball press system for your kitchen. Seems a bit steep. Is it worth it? I'll keep watching for videos. We still haven't seen the clear ice producing portion of the system.
I'm working on a format for a regular clear ice newsletter that will work in combination with this blog and makers directory site. If you'd be interested in getting weekly/biweekly updates about everything happening in the clear ice space, please go and sign up!
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I'll link to articles from this site, new makers, Instagram hotness, and some of my own clear ice photos. That way you can sit back, and enjoy the show! First newsletter is coming in a couple weeks. Subscribe now!
In the last couple of weeks, I've discovered and added so many new makers to the directory. There are now 27 makers in the US, and 10 discovered around the world. Chances are, if you wait long enough, there is going to be an ice business near you!
Do you know of any that aren't on the list? Maybe even some @home options I haven't listed? Send them my way!
Some of the notable additions include:
Tampa Ice Plant
Eskimo Bros Ice
Kentucky Straight Ice
The Northern Ice Company
Kiev, Voznesensky, Ukraine
Last year, a bunch of friends and I auctioned off a bourbon tasting paired with instruction around using and preparing clear ice. We ended up giving away three of these classes. We finished the third on in January of 2019. Here are a couple of photos from the event! Much clear ice was consumed by all!
If you are like me, you spend a ton of time flipping through all the posts on the Instagram hastag #clearice. You'll see lots of amazing things (as well as weird people eating ice... that's a thing I guess). I wanted to call our my top clear ice instagramers for 2018 in no particular order!
A good mix of ice, cocktails, and video to inspire your passion. Check them out.
These folks are unique because they are running an actual clear ice retail business out of Chicago and making great progress. Definitely check them out.
The people of Iceland should know a thing or two about making clear ice, and it looks like they certainly do. I love this Instagram account because it tends to focus on the industrial process of production. Check it out!
A company out of Australia making amazing ice, and taking beautiful photos with it. Check them out!
Another awesome Australia company that jumped out to me when I came across some of their bandsaw cutting videos. So gorgeous. Check them out!
There you have it! My top 5 favorite clear ice Instagrammers of 2018! If there are any favorites you have that I didn't mention, or you are a clear ice instagrammer and I'm not following you, let me know in the comments or directly!
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