Quick History Lesson
Ice used to be a luxurious component before the 19th Century and was reserved for preserving food items. Thanks to a Boston businessman, Frederic Tudor, we now get to enjoy our scintillating cocktails and whiskey on the rocks. The gentleman made ice from freshwater ponds, and started distributing it to nearby bars and later to Europe. Thanks to the Boston ice king, we now have a variety of cocktails with so many shapes and sizes of ice.
The Melt-Down on Ice There are different shapes and sizes of ice that blend with your drink to help make it more enjoyable. Mixed, stirred, on the rocks, crushed, etc - there are multiple rules for using ice with drinks that’ll make you appreciate your bartender a little more the next time you order.
Ice with greater surface area (one big round or square cube) dilutes your drink more slowly compared to smaller ones. This is great for a more expensive pour (i.e. bourbon, whiskey, etc.) to avoid diluting quality. Fun fact: Ice balls are a discovery of Japanese alcohol lovers referred to as ‘Ice Ball Whiskey’.
How To Make Specialty Ice At Home?
We know that you can't always buy these types of ice from your local store so here are a few ways to create the experience at home:
**Note not to store ice near food in the freezer or you may alter the taste. For our hosting kings and queens, a bonus fun fact - did you know that there are specific ice-making machines for public purchase? For example, Kold Draft machines produce ice (1 inch) clear ice cubes which dilute drinks by 60%. Shop to discover more about this niche market and find your new show stopper.
Let us know if you have more tips to make the perfect cocktail at home, cheers!