Glassware is essential to the presentation of your cocktails. When it comes to ice balls 2-½ inches in diameter, you need the right kind of cocktail glasses to optimize the shape of the ice. Glassware must be sturdy enough to handle one sphere of ice while leaving enough space around the ice balls so the drink stays cold. Spirits On Ice discusses the ideal glassware for your ice ball maker.
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Traditional whiskey glasses, called tumblers, have a thick bottom supporting a cylindrical shape. These glasses are perfect for your ice ball maker. Tumblers leave enough room on the sides to make your drink cold without the quick melt from traditional ice cubes. Tumblers allow you to pour a few fingers of whiskey or fill the entire glass with a fruity concoction. You might hear people refer to a whiskey tumbler as a rocks glass because these types of glasses work well with ice.
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Martini glasses are larger than whiskey tumblers and have a long stem connected to a spacious bottom. The shape and contours of the martini glass allow for the placement of an ice ball while leaving plenty of room to appreciate the scents and notes of spirits, fruits and other complements. Plus, the tongs used to grip the ice balls can reach down to the bottom to gently deposit the ice from your ice ball maker. Consider a martini glass to be an upgrade from a whiskey tumbler or cocktail glass.
Designs to Avoid
Tall glasses, such as a high ball, may need more than one ice ball to maintain the drink’s chill. Highballs are sturdy but unwieldy. Some modern whiskey glasses, although designed to pick up the notes of whiskey, have rims that are too narrow for ice from an ice ball maker. These are designed for having whiskey neat, or without ice. These also have round edges for swirling whiskey to release complex notes from the liquor.
Designs to Look For
The key for ice balls is glassware with a sturdy bottom and short height. The best way to achieve complete branding of your ice ball maker is with custom-branded traditional glassware to match your Spirit Ice Vice and custom logo ice molds that imprint your brand directly into the ice mold. Imagine your customers seeing your brand logo on the glass and ice ball when enjoying their favorite cocktail.
Discuss Your Options with Spirits On Ice
Contact Spirits On Ice to discuss your options for an ice ball maker. We can put your logo on it, make a custom logo insert, and even customize a shape for the ice ball machine. Call us at (513) 932-1250 or contact us for more information.