How to make Clear Ice – one of the easiest and quickest ways to elevate your cocktail game! Not only are large clear ice cubes better for built cocktails, they look freaking cool! Many people think it requires a large time investment and effort – quite the contrary. It entails a lot of ‘set it and forget it.’
So why should you bother with making clear ice?
1 – Large ice cubes made in this fashion melt slower. Yup, you read that right – they melt slower. Due to the smaller surface area, the thermodynamics of the heat exchange means that there is less surface area to transfer heat from the cocktail to the ice, subsequently melting it. It’s not uncommon to see an ice rock still in the glass 30-60 minutes after the cocktail has been built.
2 – What does a slower melting rate mean? Less dilution of the cocktail. Your cocktail will remain at the strength you intended for longer – no more watered down cocktails after 5 minutes. You spent time and money to make a nice cocktail. Now, enjoy it as you meant to enjoy it, not some watered down version.
3 – The ice is pretty pure. Due to the way it freezes from the top down, the ice pushes any impurities down from ice structure that forms. It’s not uncommon to find ‘dirty’ water at the bottom of the cooler. You can also see the impurities if you allow the ice to freeze completely in the cooler – the bottom half of the ice will be cloudy and not usable. I’ve tried this ice making method with some really dirty tap water and it’s created ice with no aftertaste and clear as glass, such as the one in the picture.
4 – It looks cool. Seriously. When you can see through your cocktail and read what’s on the coaster or the napkin because the ice is clear as glass, you’ll ponder how legitimately cool that is. It also makes you look like a baller when you make a cocktail for someone. Most high end restaurants don’t have large clear ice rocks, but you… YOU have them. Flown in straight from the arctic circle. At least, that’s what you can tell people.
Once you have your clear ice, make an amazing cocktail that will showcase it nicely, such as a Negroni.