Not only does True Cubes post amazing photographs, they sell a rig to create your own clear ice in the comfort of your home. Check them out!
I came across a great article on Medium this week titled: Why is your ice cloudy? I couldn't help but agree that this is a question I find myself asking bartenders (silently) every time I go somewhere without an established ice program. This article is asking the question from a much more scientific angle.... no really... technically why is your ice cloudy? The bulk of the explanation is here:
Cloudy ice is most often caused by dissolved gases–mainly nitrogen and oxygen– that come out of water during the freezing process. Tap water also contains dissolved minerals–generally calcium and magnesium–which can be present in the form of bicarbonates and/or as calcium and magnesium sulphate. We’ll make sure to cover water hardness soon — but the short of it is that the sum of magnesium and calcium concentrations in your water is a measure of how “hard” your water is. Hard water can lead to cloudy ice cubes.
If you are looking for an instagram account to follow, check out Mr.Clear.Ice! He lives in SF and knows how to get it done with the best photography of gorgeousness.
Check. This. Out!
Reliable Tavern in Petworth Is Now Selling Artisanal Ice By the Cube
This is the first time I've heard/seen a tavern selling ice beyond their own use. You can actually bring them home with you. It works like a subscription service for clear ice! Read more here:
"Co-general managers and bartenders Ben Long and Ben Alt have set up their ice service like a brewery’s growler refill system. On your first visit, you purchase an insulated bag that can carry up to 18 cubes; bring it back for refills, and you’ll get a discount on your ice. With the bag, the two-inch cubes are 10 for $8, 15 for $12, or 18 for $14—80 cents or less each. No bag? Cubes are $1.25 each."
This is a great model for other bars/companies to follow. It seems like a great way to maximize their clear ice program investments!
A few years back, I discovered the joy of clear ice cocktails. Since then, I've been enjoying clear ice with friends and family. In pursuit of this hobby, I've uncovered a variety of resources I wanted to share with others. These resources represents that continued learning. I encourage you to explore and discover your own passion for the excitement of #clearice, and what it adds to your life.
Welcome to the show!
ClearIce.Life is maintained by Trapper Markelz in pursuit of elevated cocktail experiences at home, and with friends.
Subscribe to the Clear Ice Life newsletter and get awesome resources and adventures delivered to your inbox!