Quality ingredients assorted in the right proportions, finished with perfect garnishing and served in the best glassware – these are the most crucial aspects of serving an excellent cocktail. However, if the proper kind of ice is missing, your skilfully crafted blend can go topsy-turvy and lose all of it’s charm. Ice serves more purpose than just cooling our drinks. When it melts, it becomes part of the cocktail.
Ice that is shaved and shaped properly can heal a breaking drink, and on the other hand, ice that is not in shape can break an exquisite drink.
Here are some ice tricks to help add to your drinks’ appeal and taste, at the same time helping it sustain a bit longer :
1. Floral Ice Cubes – Edible flower ice cubes are a great way to preserve flowers and blossom up your beverage. Place the flowers face down in the tray. Fill cubes about ¼ of the way full, so the flowers are just covered. Freeze until solid.
2. Layered Ice cubes – Pop these frozen juice cubes into any drink, such as sparkling water, and they will gradually add flavor as they melt. Mix and match your favorite juices to get a combination that is just right for you. You can even make a rainbow out of the layered ice cubes.
3. Frozen herbs – Apart from helping the herbs sustain for a longer period, herbs preserved in ice cubes make a great cocktail garnish. Place herbs in an ice cube tray. Fill each well with water, just enough to completely cover the herbs. Press the herbs into the water so they are fully submerged. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer and freeze for 3-4 hours. Mint, parsley, and coriander can also be used in this way.
4. Coffee and Milk ice cubes – White Russian fans – we’re looking at you! F Pour iced coffee and milk into ice cube molds and freeze until solid, about 5 hours. Pair it up with your favourite blend, especially like a coffee liqueur ,and sip.
5. Smoothie fruit cubes -Making smoothies as ice cube concentrates is the key to making homemade smoothies quickly and easily. Puree up your favourite fruits , put it into your cube tray and into the freezing unit. These cubes can be added to your Sangrias and any fruity cocktail.
6. Glittery ice cubes – They are the perfect ingredient to add in the extra oomph to your mix plus your eyes. All you would need is an ice cube tray, filtered water and edible glitter. Pour edible glitter into a small bowl. Remove ice from the molds and roll each piece in the edible glitter to coat. Note – it will coat easier if the ice sits out long enough to begin melting. This gives the glitter something to stick to. Rather than rolling each piece, you can also sprinkle the glitter on top.
7. Smoked ice cubes – What’s better than your peaty single malts jamming up with some smoked Ice cubes. It is that is exposed to wood smoke for a few hours and frozen in molds to make ice cubes. Using a smoker helps avoid the use of the same in liquid state. The flavor is a slightly woody on the nose. Take smoked water, add to your favorite cocktail ice cube tray, and add to your favorite drinks.
9. Tea cubes – The tea enthusiasts have reason to rejoice, you can brew your favourite tea, cool it down and freeze it up to get some delectable frozen tea cubes. The matcha ice cubes make up a smashing matcha vodkatini, which also uses matcha powder, dry vermouth and your favourite vodka.
10. Booze cubes – Dejected by your watery drinks on that perfect summer afternoon, lets just ice up your favourite booze or even mix to give in that extra punch and sustenance to your beverage. Your favourite cocktail cubes into your favourite cocktail, God bless us.
So lets get some extra trays and roll crazy with our ice. Leave down your favourite cube makeover in the comments.