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.
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!
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