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.
Can you believe it? For $4,399 you can now get a fridge that makes clear ice balls. This is the future and we are living in it!
I've added a new @home clear ice crafting system to the maker directly. Click over there and check out the @home tab. The company is ice•ology by Dexas. They were nice enough to send me a sample set up to try out.
Tonight i unpacked everything and filled it with water. I'll report back after everything is frozen and inside a cocktail!
UPDATE: I got some clear ice out of the rig! Looks good, and the silicon molds make it so easy to take the ice out! This is a big differentiator from other rigs. I'm going to use this one at work and create a stock pile of clear ice for our weekly happy hours!
July was a pretty exciting month for my family, as we all had a reunion with cousins and brothers and sisters up in Alaska. We harvested clear ice right off the beach at Grewingk Glacier, and toasted some Alaskan Whiskey with the most unique clear ice you can imagine. Keep living the clear ice life out there!
Mixology Ice is one of the vendors listed on the Makers page. There is a nice article about their business in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Check it out.
If you’ve ever sipped an $18 bourbon rocks at a classy tavern in South Florida, chances are good those rocks came from Mixology Ice. At his chilly warehouse northwest of Miami International Airport, Leal and his partner, Fabian Alvarez, pump out massive blocks of clear ice every five days. These icemen start with tap water, which flows through a five-step filtration system that peels away impurities. Once filtered, a $5,000 freezer called a Clinebell chills the water into two 300-pound blocks. Leal says that ice is then painstaking carved into Collins rods, chiseled into two-inch cubes and molded into spheres...
I make it a point to listen to the Marketplace on NPR pretty much every morning. I subscribe to the podcast so I always catch it in the morning after it airs on NPR at 6:30 ET the night before. Funny enough, they had an entire segment about Clear Ice!
Cocktail author Jim Meehan recalls working in a bar in Wisconsin in the 1990s.
Here's a collection of what living the clear ice life in my world looks like. Do you collect your clear ice moments too??
I stumbled across an article that asked this very question: "What's the most important ingredient in a cocktail?" and then they add the click bait part: YOU'LL NEVER GUESS... But guess what... I totally guessed. :)
“Ice is the most important part of your drink,” declares Jay Khan, founder of the agave-focused bar Coa. “It controls the dilution and temperature of your cocktail. I’d say that 98 per cent of our drinks here use ice, so it’s essential. Not to mention, good clear ice just looks sexy.”
Spoiler alert: It's clear ice! Possibly with flowers in it...
I came across a pretty solid list of rigs you can use to make clearer ice at home. There is also a list on the Maker page for @home as well!
Even if you’ve perfected your mixology skills and filled your cabinets with fancy glasses and bartending tools, your homemade Old Fashioned or Aperol Spritz will never live up to the ones served at a craft-cocktail bar if you use cloudy ice cubes that smell vaguely like the leftovers you’ve been storing in the freezer. As Mathew Resler, the head bartender at Bar Goto, says, “Ice is an integral ingredient when making cocktails. The appearance, dilution ratio, taste, and purity are all essential to a proper drink.”
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