Spirits On Ice offers a great way to elevate your signature cocktails. Clear ice balls provide a quick chill and slow melt. Colored ice balls add creativity and even flavored juices that infuse drinks with flavor over time. One way to elevate your cocktails is to add smoke to them. Today’s blog from Spirits On Ice explains how to make smoking cocktails with clear ice balls.
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When to Use Smoking Cocktails
Smoking cocktails add a “wow” factor to the experience. Use smoke when you want to surprise a customer with something that’s not necessarily on the menu. When the smoke clears, your customer gets a drink that looks great with your clear ice ball in the middle.
Seasonal drinks are also appropriate here. Smoke comes in handy for Halloween and fall. They’re also great for a woodsy and outdoorsy vibe.
Consider smoking cocktails with a clear ice ball when you have a spicy drink. The smoke connotes heat and hotness when setting the drink on fire isn’t the best idea or isn’t possible.
Dry ice is the easiest way to add smoke to a cocktail. Place the clear ice ball first before dropping in a small amount of dry ice into the drink. (Use tongs for the dry ice for safety!) Dry ice for use in drinks typically comes in peanut-sized amounts. You may only need half of this size for your signature cocktail because the clear ice ball takes up a large portion of the drink. A peanut-sized amount generally fizzles out after five minutes. Half of this size would create the appearance of smoke for two to three minutes. As the “smoke” dissipates, your clear ice ball appears.
One great way to add smoke (literally) to whisky, scotch, and bourbon cocktails is with a smoke infuser. Much like a barbecue smoker, this special drink smoker gathers the smoke from a burned piece of wood (cedar, oak, cherry, hickory, and the like) in a spherical container. Once you gather enough smoke, you place the sphere over your signature cocktail, thereby infusing it with a smoky flavor. Insert your clear ice ball after the infusion of smoke. This gives more of your liquor a chance to infuse the smoky flavor.
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Clear Ice Balls by the Spirit Ice Vice
The Spirit Ice Vice, made by Spirits On Ice, creates perfectly round 2-½ inch ice balls in just 60 seconds. Create clear ice balls for a quick chill and slow melt in your signature cocktails. Contact Spirits On Ice or call (513) 932-1250 for more information on our ice ball machine.