Why a Quick Chill & Slow Melt Preserves and Enhances Your Cocktail’s Flavors

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For Spirits On Ice, we understand the constant drive to create the perfect cocktail. The whole point of ice in a cocktail is to chill it, right? Yes and no. Ice will lower the temperature of the cocktail, but it also has other effects. An ice ball can enhance some flavors while masking others (useful if you drink less alcohol or high-quality wine). 

Today’s blog from Spirits On Ice talks about how a quick chill and slow melt from one of our ice balls preserves and enhances the flavors of your cocktails.

Why Ice Melt Ruins Beverages

It’s also crucial to consider how the ice will melt so as not to ruin your beverage. The last thing you want is to taste last week’s leftovers in your Manhattan. In other words, once the ice cubes melt and dilute your drink, the tastes absorbed by ice cubes in your freezer will penetrate your drink. A dedicated freezer for making ice balls is ideal, but there are other ways to preserve flavor.

Plastic Food Bags Preserve Ice Purity

You want to prepare ice for your drink, and you want to store it in a plastic bag or container to avoid any undue influences from smells. If you have any questions about the source of the current ice balls, please perform a sniff and taste test. Putting it in one or two inches of still water and placing the cup on your nose can help you decide if you can use it. 

Surface Area

One factor that increases melt is the surface area of the ice. Smaller ice cubes have a greater surface area than a sphere. With less surface area, there is less melt.


The temperature of your beverage also affects the melting rate of the ice. Because there is a quick chill of the beverage with a Spirit Ice Vice ice ball, the liquid isn’t as warm as it was before. This creates a more stable and lower temperature in the liquid to prevent rapid melting.

Our Ice Ball Machine

By using the Spirits On Ice ice ball machine, the crown jewel of the industry, you can ensure that your cocktails are not only pleasing to the eye but the perfect complement to your beverage. The spherical ice will add a touch of class while still preserving the delicate flavor of a signature cocktail thanks to our quick chill and slow melt.

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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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