How to Make Clear Ice At Home – Best Cocktail Ice Molds in 2022 for Crystal Clear Ice (Product Review)

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How to Make Clear Ice

I’ve read dozens of articles explaining how to make clear ice. Some articles will claim that you have to use distilled water to get clear ice, while others claim that it can be tap water as long as you boil it twice. In addition to the various water types, there are numerous ice molds available, most with corresponding marketing photos showing perfectly crystal clear ice. However, unless these molds incorporate one key technique, the photos are faked.

Since the dawn of the cocktail renaissance, enthusiasts have lusted after the beautifully cut, clear cubes adorning their old fashioneds and sazeracs at craft cocktail bars. Whether you’re new to cocktails or a longtime enthusiast, by the time you finish reading this post you’ll have a better grasp of the how clear ice is made, options for making clear ice at home, as well as one of the best visual illustrations of the process I’ve ever seen. The same process used to create clear ice can even be adapted to freeze flowers, mint, and other garnishes inside.

There is a lot of science to unpack, so if you just want to know what ice mold to purchase, scroll towards the bottom of the article where you’ll find my specific clear ice mold reviews I’ve also included a comparison table.

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Simple Cacao Nib-Infused Campari, a Bottled Negroni, and 3 Negroni Riffs

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Negroni Week – one of my favorite weeks of the year. Not only do I get to partake in the forever-classic negroni, but to participate in supporting charity. However, this year is a bit different from prior years. Participating venues select a charity from the vetted list provided by Imbibe and Campari then make an initial donation to the charity.

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Earl Grey-Infused Dolin Blanc

Earl Grey infused Dolin Blanc

This is an excellent infusion that’s featured in the Death & Co cocktail book. The bergamot orange notes in the tea make this excellent vermouth even more fun to incorporate into various cocktails.

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Earl Grey-Infused Dolin Blanc

Servings: 750 mL
Author: Death & Co

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Steep tea in Dolin Blanc at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  • Strain and bottle.

Notes

Recipe from the excellent book, Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails.

Sage-Infused Dolin Blanc

sage infused Dolin Blanc

 

sage infused Dolin Blanc
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Sage-Infused Dolin Blanc

This recipe is from the exceptional Death & Co. cocktail book.
Course: Cocktail
Author: Death & Co.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine vermouth and sage leaves in a container and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Strain and re-bottle.

Notes

*Fresh sage leaves will work, just taste the infusion periodically to ensure it doesn't become bitter or vegetal.
If you're wondering what to make with this infusion, the Sage's Serum is a great option for starters!

 

3 SUZE Cocktails to Expand Any Palate

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As we age, our palates change, and whether that’s due to physiology or simply preference is akin to the nature versus nurture debate. Reality is likely a combination. Sometimes we call certain tastes “acquired” and research suggests that there is a baseline amount of exposure to a new flavor that must occur before it becomes preferred. Developing a palate for the bitter notes of hops in beer or the bitter acidity in black coffee are two prime examples. Around the age of 40, Read more

3 Cocktails for Negroni Week 2016

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This year marks the 4th annual Negroni Week presented by Imbibe and Campari. What I particularly appreciate about this event is that it encourages local establishments to participate and donate to a local charity of their choice. The way it works is an establishment registers for the event stating which Negronis or Negroni variants they will be serving and to what charity the will donate a portion of their proceeds – the minimum donation is $1 per drink. In addition, Campari donates $10,000 to the chosen charity of the establishment that raises the most money. Imbibe chooses a participant randomly and donates $1,000 to their charity. Last year was a record-breaking year with $321,000 raised!

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