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    Ice molds for cocktails/bourbon

    So we got a cocktail thread, a bourbon thread, and I believe a whiskey thread. Anyone been experimenting with ice making?

    I've been drinking my bourbon with ice cubes made from a giant cube ice trays, but after reading this Primer Magazine article about ice for homemade cocktails, I bought some of the Tovolo ice ball molds. I have to say I like the ice spheres alot more than the giant ice cubes (they seem to melt slower/last longer), but I always have problems with the ice cracking and falling apart after a drink or two. While searching for a simple solution for my problem, I stumbled upon this guys various experiments of making perfectly clear ice at home. Pretty interesting read if you enjoy science. I don't see myself taking it quite as far as the ice guy, but I might try putting my ice molds in a small insulated container to slow down the freezing process for less cracks and clearer ice. It would be pretty sweet to use one of those $800 japanese ice ball presses with a perfectly clear block of ice, but i'll save that for a day when I have much more money and much more free time.

    #2
    I'm sure tdig will have some info for this...

    I have these:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ag=primer05-20

    I like them quite a bit, particularly because you get 4 out of it. Though, in all honesty, ice melting isn't usually too much of a problem when I have a drink...
    "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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      #3
      Ha you guys will probably laugh at me but I do use the Camper English Cooler method regularly. I have a cooler thats probably about 12x10x10. Ill freeze clear ice then carve off 3-4 inch chunks for later usage. Sometimes Ill hand carve spheres and other times I will chip off pieces for taller cocktails. I also have a Tovolo King Tray I use mostly for actually mixing/shaking. It only holds 6 so Ill freeze then store in freezer bags so I always have 20-30 large cubes available. Use the back of a bar spoon to smack smaller pieces as needed.

      If I am in a rush I will just leave them in random shapes. Every now and then I will carve out smooth spheres. Here are a couple chunks:





      Dont have any sphere pics on my phone. Might have some on my computer at home. Cant remember.
      My cocktail videos >

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        #4
        When you freeze using the cooler method the inside will be perfectly clear but about an inch of the border wont be so I usually chop those off and use for mixing as well:

        Random chunks for mixing:


        Ice Sphere Hand Carved:


        With all that said I use ice for cocktails...not whiskey.
        My cocktail videos >

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          #5
          Great. Now I'm thirsty.

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            #6
            On the contrary, that's pretty bad ass, and now I am thinking about trying it. I guess making the block of clear ice doesn't take much effort once you have a cooler that fits in your freezer. How long does it take you to chip off the non clear part? How long does it take you to carve an ice sphere? Do you just use a regular knife for all this?

            Thanks in advance

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              #7
              Breaking off individual chunks doesnt take too long. I use an ice pick and a serrated knife. The first few times that you hand carve a sphere it will take longer than normal because you have to really get a good feel for the process. On youtube there are several different methods. The two I tried are the chipping method and the carving method. I personally prefer the chipping method with a 7 inch chefs knife.

              Chipping Method:
              http://youtu.be/ls63xTkqMWo
              http://youtu.be/uWtKxPZMHAE

              Carving Method:
              http://youtu.be/FCr-1bmaskQ
              http://youtu.be/eHtiR04dRmQ
              My cocktail videos >

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                #8
                Originally posted by tdig View Post
                Breaking off individual chunks doesnt take too long. I use an ice pick and a serrated knife. The first few times that you hand carve a sphere it will take longer than normal because you have to really get a good feel for the process. On youtube there are several different methods. The two I tried are the chipping method and the carving method. I personally prefer the chipping method with a 7 inch chefs knife.

                Chipping Method:
                http://youtu.be/ls63xTkqMWo
                http://youtu.be/uWtKxPZMHAE

                Carving Method:
                http://youtu.be/FCr-1bmaskQ
                http://youtu.be/eHtiR04dRmQ
                I'm pretty sure I lop a finger off doing that.

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