Why an Ice Ball Machine Works Better than Silicone Molds

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There are two basic ways to make ice balls for whiskey on the rocks or signature cocktails. One uses silicone molds that fit in the freezer. Overnight, you have a set of ice balls ready for use. The other way uses an ice ball machine that transforms an ice block into perfect spheres. Spirits On Ice takes a look at why an ice ball machine works better than silicone molds in today’s blog.  

Precise Sizes

An ice ball machine like the Spirit Ice Vice turns a block of ice into a perfectly formed sphere 2-½ inches in diameter. Silicone molds may form ice balls of different sizes because your staff may not fill up the molds all the way. Many molds are opaque, meaning you can’t see what’s going on inside or the water level inside the mold.

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Visual Appeal and Flair

Our ice ball machine uses weight and temperature to turn hexagonal blocks of ice into smooth ice balls. This process happens in less than 60 seconds, right before your customers’ eyes at your bar or restaurant. Spirit Ice Vice adds visual appeal and flair to making ice balls. Silicone molds sit in the freezer and make ice overnight, so there’s no entertainment value at all.


The Spirit Ice Vice ice ball machine consistently makes 2-½ inch ice balls that fit perfectly into whiskey and cocktail glasses. Just follow the instructions to achieve consistent, ideal results for every ice ball. Silicone molds may not work correctly all of the time. Someone may not close the molds properly. The water level might be off when a staffer tries to fill up the molds. Our ice ball maker works the same way every time without any doubts as to the final product.

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Saves Space

Silicone molds take up a lot of space in your freezer. Even if you have an industrial freezer for your restaurant or bar, you need that space for other vital things. You have to take the ice balls out of their molds to make space. The balls might get nicks or dings that make them look uneven when you transfer them to another storage container. Our ice blocks are compact, and you can remove them from their hexagonal molds once they freeze overnight. Little nicks and dings don’t matter with our blocks, because the Spirit Ice Vice ice ball machine turns them into perfect spheres. 

See the Spirit Ice Vice Ice Ball Machine

Take a look at how the Spirit Ice Vice ice ball machine works. In just 60 seconds, our device turns a block of ice into an ice ball that creates a quick chill and slow melt. Give us a call at (513) 932-1250 or contact us online for more information.

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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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