Factors that Determine Ice Ball Melt from Spirit Ice Vice

Ice Balls and Spirit Ice Vice

Our Spirit Ice Vice ice ball maker creates perfect ice balls for your signature drinks. Each ice ball measures 2-½ inches in diameter and delivers a quick chill with a slow melt. Our ice balls help prevent watered-down drinks while enhancing flavors. Spirits On Ice, maker of the Spirit Ice Vice, discusses the main factors that determine ice melt with ice balls you put in your drink glasses. 

Ambient Temperature

The ambient temperature, or the temperature of the air, helps determine how fast ice balls melt in a drink. If the surrounding air is 95 degrees, the ice melts faster than it would if it’s 50 degrees. Enjoying your whiskey on the rocks is a different experience on an outdoor patio versus indoors by the bar unless the temperatures of both areas are precisely the same. The Spirit Ice Vice keeps your drink as cold and flavorful as possible.

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Amount and Temperature of Liquid

The amount of liquid surrounding the ice factors into how quickly ice balls melt. A chilled liquid that surrounds an ice ball creates a slower melt compared to room temperature liquid. Ice also melts faster in a liquid rather than when it’s exposed to air. That’s because the liquid has a greater heat capacity than air. The warmth from your hands against a whiskey glass even comes into play with regards to melting ice balls faster. The more you hold your drink, the more quickly the ice melts since the surrounding liquid warms up faster than it would if it just sits there on the table. Spirit Ice Vice optimizes how ice works in your cocktails.  

Size and Surface Area of Ice Balls

Larger ice balls melt slower than smaller ones due to the surface area of ice touching the liquid. Bigger ice balls have more surface ice that touches your drink, thereby keeping more of the liquid colder. However, spirits may make the ice melt faster compared to the surrounding air (as we mentioned earlier). If you want the slowest melt possible, don’t completely submerge ice balls in liquid, keep spirits as chilled as possible, and don’t continually hold a drinking glass in your hand. Spirit Ice Vice makes this process easier by creating perfect ice balls for your quality drinks.

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Ice Balls and Spirit Ice Vice

The Spirit Ice Vice from Spirits On Ice makes perfectly round, 2-½ inch ice balls to serve in your signature cocktails. Our ice balls quickly chill your drinks and have a slow melt. The ball is in your court. Contact us online or give us a call today at (513) 932-1250 to see how we can elevate the customer experience at your restaurant, bar, or home-based bar.

Owners of Spirits On Ice

Meet the Owners of Spirits On Ice

Kent & Kim Coomer are the husband and wife team behind Spirits On Ice. The Coomers purchased D&E Machine Company in 1990 before turning it into Spirits On Ice, the manufacturer of the Spirit Ice Vice ice ball press. Kent’s background is in custom-machining items out of metal, while Kim has decades of management and relationship-building experience. Together, Kent and Kim engineer a high-quality machine that quickly and efficiently creates customizable ice balls for drinks. The ice ball delivers more than a clear way to chill a beverage. It provides an experience for your guests, whether at home, in a restaurant or bar, or at the 19th hole of the golf course.

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