Three Ways You Can Upgrade to Gourmet Ice at Home
In the spirit of building a better mousetrap, just about anything you use in your daily life can be upgraded. That even applies to your ice. An ordinary tray of cloudy cubes just doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s time to upgrade your ice.
Three Easy Ways to Serve Gourmet Ice at Home
If you want to throw amazing parties with sensational drinks and cocktails, then you have to have the perfect ice. Gourmet ice is the latest craze of the home bar scene, and luckily it’s easy to get in on the action. You might not have known that you needed gourmet ice until this very moment, but here are three really easy ways that you can get it.
1. Start by Using Clear Ice
Did you know that the ice in your freezer probably isn’t clear? You take it for granted that ice is clear, but more than likely the cubes that stock your freezer are cloudy, and white, with lots of imperfections.
This is because the cubes contain dissolved gasses that cause impurities. To get clear ice cubes you need to use distilled, purified water. There are lots of tips on how to make clear ice cubes, but the easiest, and cheapest way, is to boil the water before you freeze it.
In fact, for the best results, experts on how to make clear ice, recommend boiling the water twice. After the water boils through, you let it cool, bring it to a boil again, and let it cool just enough so that it’s safe to handle. You fill your ice cube trays, and put them in the freezer to solidify. The result is crystal clear ice cubes that will make any drink you serve automatically look cooler, fresher, and more gourmet.
If you don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen boiling water into ice like some sort of home science experiment, you can opt for the lunch cooler approach.
All you have to do is fill a tray with ordinary tap water, and place it in a small, lunch-sized cooler. Then you put the cooler in your freezer. The insulated cooler will help the ice to freeze from the top down, and it will leave each cube clear and shining.
2. Use a Silicone Ice Mold
Clarity is important in ice cubes, but so is shape and density. Ice cubes that are denser will melt slower. If the cubes melt slower, then they don’t interfere as much with the taste of your drink. This is partly why ice molds are so popular for use with fancy liquors. You don’t want to open up a bottle of expensive whiskey, and have the taste diluted by melting ice.
Ice molds like this one here create big dense ices cubes that freeze from the top down. This freezing process keeps the ice clear of impurities, and gives it the denseness that you’re looking for.
You’re left with a large, gourmet looking ice cube that is clear, pure, and won’t affect the taste of your high-end drinks. Ice molds make for an easy and affordable way to make sure that when you serve a drink on the rocks the rocks are almost as important as what goes over them.
3. Invest in an Ice Machine
There’s a limit to what you can accomplish on your own, with just an ordinary freezer, and a few plastic trays and molds. Eventually, if you want both quality ice, and luxury convenience, you’ll want to consider a home ice machine.
Home ice machines can vary in price dramatically, but they don’t have to cost a fortune just to make gourmet ice. Some ice makers offer LED lighted bins, clear doors, and electronic dispensers. Most of them can make ice in less than ten minutes, and they can produce large amounts in just a twenty-four hour period.
Models like this Homelabs one are also portable, and perfect for anywhere you want to throw a party. Home ice machines produce ice that is fresh, delicious, and free of the odors that come with sitting in a freezer for weeks.
They also make you look pretty fancy. They’re a luxury item, not a necessity. While the rest of your friends are left to tediously fill tray after tray of ice, all you have to do is push a button. It’s like having a butler that specializes in bringing you ice. Life doesn’t get much more gourmet than that.
Upgrade Your Ice Cubes and Upgrade Your Life
Now that you know three easy ways to upgrade your standard ice cubes to gourmet ice, you are well on your way to improving the quality of your beverages, and your parties.