Creating an awesome cocktail experience in your home has never been so accessible. Making clear ice is part of this experience. There are a ton of products out now that help in making quality ice at home, but doing it yourself is super easy to do. You’ll need to pick up a cooler first if you don’t already have one. The one you see in the video is a Rubbermaid 10qt Cooler.
Why Making Clear Ice Matters
Early on, I botched more cocktails than I care to admit because I didn’t consider the ice I used to be that big of a deal. After several times of diluting good booze with not so good ice, I realized that not all ice is created equal. If you spend good money on quality spirits and mix up a classic cocktail like the negroni, then you don’t want to strain the drink into a rocks glass filled with oblong freezer ice that tastes like, well, the freezer.
Making quality clear ice at home has become less of a novelty, and more of the standard… and it’s easy to do. If you’re a seasoned home bartender then I don’t need to tell you the value of having clear ice in your cocktail. Chances are you’re reading this post through one of your clear cubes…touché.
On the other hand, if you’re new to the game then I’ll give you a basic run down of why cocktail enthusiasts are obsessed with clear ice.
- Presentation: crafting a drink is just as much about the experience as it is the taste. Regardless of whether you’re making a drink for yourself, or for a group of friends, presentation matters.
- Taste: Clear ice dilutes at a slower pace than cloudy ice because it contains no to fewer impurities. The slower the ice is to melt, the less diluted your cocktail becomes, which means you get to enjoy the flavor complexities of your drink a lot longer.
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