This is the Coolest Way to Chill Your Cocktail
Move over, crushed ice. There’s a cooler way to chill that cocktail.
The hottest trend in cocktails is the ice sphere. This technique, popularized by celebrity restaurateur Daniel Boulud at his fine French restaurant, DANIEL, has been around for some time now, but only recently has spherical ice has gotten its due in cocktail culture.
Boulud told The New York Times that his White Cosmopolitan, which is served over a flower-infused sphere, is “the sexiest cocktail ever.” And he’s not wrong. The curvaceous shape of ice spheres transforms a cocktail into something more seductive and sculptural.
And without the edges that come from traditional ice molds, it’s a perfect vessel for decorative accompaniments, like the colorful flowers used in Boulud’s drinks.
For those who don’t live near one of Boulud’s eateries, making your own circular ice at home is now easier than ever. For just $325, you can make your own two-inch orbs at home with a Cirrus Ice Ball Press.
It’s not just Cirrus getting in on the trend: famed whiskey-maker Macallan has their own copper-hued ice sphere maker that’s so pretty you might just want to leave it out for decoration.
Unsure about ditching the old ice cube tray? Don’t be. While the idea of the ice sphere is plenty cool as it is, it actually serves a purpose, too. With less surface area than an equivalent amount of crushed ice, the frozen sphere doesn’t melt as quickly and keeps your drink from getting watered down.
Beauty and a better-balanced drink? Sounds like a win-win to us.
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