Everyone talks about using premium spirits, fresh juices, quality ingredients, even the proper glassware, but what about the ice? Ice is probably one of the things most people (even bartenders) take for granted, but it is one of the most basic and important aspects of any bar. Surprisingly, ice comes in many different types and has numerous levels of quality. One type of ice may work for one cocktail, but not for another and this slight difference can make or break your drink. Here is a great article from the eXaminer.com about building your cocktail and a quote from our good friend and mixologist Jonathan Pogash about ICE. Happy Cocktailing - TALKDRINKS
But it all comes back to ice, and the importance of good quality ice. When you’re shaking a cocktail, you have two unique reasons for doing so: 1) diluting the drink with the proper amount of water 2) making the drink cold. Thus, ice that dilutes properly and alters the temperature of the drink to the perfect degree, is a must for any good cocktail bar or home bartender. The best kind of ice melts at a slower pace, while still ensuring the drink remains cold. Chipped block ice is best, or the ice cubes that come out of Kold-Draft ice machines, as they are thicker, larger, purer, and melt slower.