The Complete Cocktail Ice Guide

The Complete Cocktail Ice Guide

The Complete Cocktail Ice Guide – Until I attended a recent press event in London, I was unaware of the importance of choosing the correct ice to complement your drink.

Having been informed of this valuable information, I felt it only fair to share it with our Women Talking readers.

To my joy, the Ice experts, The Ice Co have teamed up with Global Mixologist, Channel 4 Sunday Brunch presenter and World of Zing’s founder, Pritesh Mody, allowing me to witness the cocktail expert in action, sharing his top tips on choosing the right ice to keep your drinks cool this summer.

Established in 1860, The Ice Co is Europe’s leading ice manufacturer. The business produces its own ice from its UK factories and supplies retail, wholesale, food service, events, and food manufacturing, both in the UK and abroad.

The Ice Co’s key product lines include Party Ice, Crushed Ice, Premium Ice, and Super Cubes – the super-sized slow-melting ice cubes, made from spring water.

Cocktail Making Tips from Mixologist Pritesh Mody:

Ice is so important when making cocktails. While it might be easy to think its sole purpose is to chill a drink, it has other functions, too.

You can make the tastiest cocktail with the best ingredients and follow the recipe exactly, but with insufficient ice, you’ll probably find it doesn’t taste as good as it should. The quality of drinks depends on the quality and quantity of ice.

One huge ice myth is that diluting your drink is bad. When a cocktail is shaken or stirred with ice, the ice then breaks down and adds water to the cocktail – this softens the flavour of both the alcohol and sharp fruit flavours, which smoothens the overall taste of the drink. So, when choosing the right kind of ice for your next cocktail, the following are recommended:

The Complete Cocktail Ice Guide

Extra-large ice cubes

Extra-large ice cubes come into a world of their own when you’re serving a strong drink that you want to be on ice so that it stays chilled, but you don’t want further dilution after stirring. Lowball classics like Old Fashioned and Negroni are great served with Super Cubes, and so is any spirit on the rocks.

Standard and large ice cubes

Suitable for any occasion, smaller, standard ice is perfect for chilling glasses, and cooling bottles and ideal for all kinds of drinks. Cocktails are no exception!

Standard ice cubes are perfect for tall cocktails like a Tom Collins and shaking (Cosmopolitan or Pornstar Martini recipes are great for this variety of ice) – creating the ideal level of aeration without diluting a drink. Slightly larger cubes are a good option for long drinks.

If you only have small ice cubes, use more of them but stir or shake for less time. But whatever you do, don’t fill your glass full of tiny ice cubes that will melt in seconds, because you’ll end up diluting a drink too fast.

Crushed ice

For drinks with a slushie vibe, crushed ice is a necessity. What’s more, there’s no adequate substitute for crushed ice, so it’s good to have a bag on standby. For cocktails with a frosty feel, like a Mojito or Woo Woo, crushed is perfect. If you don’t have any to hand, you can make your own by placing ice in a tea towel and crushing until you get small, irregular-sized pieces that are around the size of a pea. But beware, crush too much and you’ll end up with a melty mess!

Save time and chill your glasses

At a busy party, the quick turnover of glasses can mean the dishwasher is constantly on the go. This can lead to warm glasses, which can ruin a cocktail within seconds. Before you serve a cocktail, make chilling glasses easy by filling them with ice cubes before preparing a drink.

So now you know the basics, here are a few cocktails to try at home:

Pink Pineapple Passion

Pink Pineapple Passion

A blissful tropical treat for a warm summer evening.

Ingredients

2 handfuls of Premium Ice

1 & ½ measures of gin

4 measures of pineapple juice

1 measure Campari Bitters

½ measure of lime juice

Garnish with a pineapple wedge

Garnish with orange peel

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients along with the ice into a cocktail shaker and shake well.
  2. Strain into a champagne flute or wine glass and garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit.

Cucumber Collins

Cucumber Collins

This already popular cocktail choice has been given an English twist! Freshen up a Tom Collins with fresh cucumber and pair with a local craft gin.

Ingredients

2 handfuls of Premium Ice

2 measures of gin

1 measure of limoncello

½ measure of lemon juice

¼ measure of sugar syrup

Top up of soda water

Garnish of cucumber & mint

Method

  1. Fill a tall glass with Premium Ice Cubes.
  2. Pour in the gin, limoncello, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
  3. Top up with soda water and stir. Garnish with a cucumber slice, mint and serve.

Aperol Grapefruit Spritz

Aperol Grapefruit Spritz

A fruity twist on the classic spritz! Grapefruit and Aperol go hand in hand, this gin-based cocktail is deliciously refreshing.

Ingredients

X1 handful of Premium Ice

x2 measures of gin

x1 measure of Aperol

x1 measure of lime juice

Top up with grapefruit juice

Garnish with a grapefruit Slice

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients along with the ice into a cocktail shaker and shake well
  2. Strain into a wine glass and garnish with a slice of pink grapefruit!

For more tips and tricks and for tasty cocktail recipes, visit The Ice Co website here.

Poppy Watt

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