How to Keep Whiskey Ice Balls From Cracking

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Whiskey ice balls elevate your signature cocktails made of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch. They create a quick chill and slow melt, allowing your customers to enjoy their drinks without water diluting the taste of the whiskey. However, there is a possibility that ice balls could crack if they aren’t prepared properly. Spirits On Ice, maker of the Spirit Ice Vice ice ball press, explains how to keep whiskey ice balls from cracking.

Use Pure Water

Before the Spirit Ice Vice makes perfectly round whiskey ice balls, you must freeze water overnight in our special silicone ice molds. We recommend filling each mold with Nestle Pure Life water until the water level reaches ½ inch below the top of the mold. Put each mold in a small cooler before putting the cooler in a freezer. This allows for directional freezing and perfectly clear ice.

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Get Clear Ice Blocks From Our Vendors

If you don’t want to spend time freezing your own ice blocks, Spirits On Ice has a list of vendors that provide crystal-clear ice for perfect whiskey ice balls. These blocks don’t crack or melt prematurely. Contact Spirits On Ice for more information on these vendors.

Prevent Any Bubbles

The right kind of bottled water reduces or eliminates any impurities normally found in tap water. Impurities can form bubbles when the water freezes. Bubbles are the enemy of whiskey ice balls. Bubbles may lead to cracks in the ice and cracks may increase to the point that the ice ball splits into small pieces. Smaller pieces of ice increase melt and dilute your signature cocktails. Diluted drinks have less flavor, and your customers notice this and may decide to go to another bar or restaurant next time.

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Let Ice Blocks Freeze Completely

The ice blocks must freeze entirely when they’re in the silicone ice molds. This means letting the water freeze at least overnight for best results. Completely frozen ice blocks lead to perfectly round, 2-½ inch whiskey ice balls. You can’t freeze the water for a couple of hours and expect a solid ice ball to come out of our ice ball press. Follow the entire process properly to prevent cracked ice balls in your drinks.

Temper the Ice Before Use

Whether you are making your own ice balls using round silicone molds or our Spirit Ice Vice, it’s very important to temper the ice before use. That means let the ice sit out on the counter for about 5 minutes or until the freezer frost disappears. Ice is too hard and too cold when it first comes out of the freezer. If you pour your favorite spirit on the silicone mold prepared ice ball or your block of ice for the Spirit Ice Vice, it will crack. By introducing something room temperature to the ice, you condition the outer part of the ice before you make it into an ice ball or put in your drink. You get a perfect ice ball every time.

Whiskey Ice Balls Made by the Spirit Ice Vice

Create perfect whiskey ice balls for your traditional cocktails thanks to the Spirit Ice Vice ice ball machine from Spirits On Ice. In just 60 seconds, your bartenders turn a hexagonal ice block into a 2-½ inch ball that fits neatly in a whiskey glass. Call (513) 932-1250 or contact Spirits On Ice to find out more about our product.

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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