Ice Balls

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Immiketoo 🇬🇷 | 60 ratings Author Posted 9 Jul '20

What does everyone use for making ice? I bought a whiskey ball ice tray, but it’s a complete pain in the ass to fill. Anyone have a good ice solution? The standard cubes melt too fast and don’t make it cold enough.
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Rene Rum (PREMIUM) 🇨🇭 | 547 ratings Replied 9 Jul '20

Best solution: no ice ! I think the perfect temperature for rum is 20°-25° Celsius for intense aromas. For drinks, yes, I use ice, Cuba Libre, Dark 'n' Stormy….
kheiligh 🇺🇸 | 64 ratings Replied 9 Jul '20

I have tried a bunch of round molds, and you're right, none of them are convenient. For ease of use, I think you can't beat the extra large size silicone molds - e.g. https://amzn.to/3gON3oJ They're easy to fill, you get 6 per tray, and they pop out easily. Sipping straight, I don't use ice at all, but they're nice to have for those guests who do (when we can have guests again!). Alternately, a little dash of room temperature water does nicely to open up hot/cask strength rums (and whiskeys!) and bring the ABV down a bit.
Immiketoo 🇬🇷 | 60 ratings Author Replied 10 Jul '20

Rene and kheiligh, I haven graduated to sipping with no ice yet. Perhaps once winter comes, but here in summer, its so hot I need the cooler drink. I also got a silicon tray for cubes, but haven't tried it yet. As for the balls, they look cool, and I saw a sweet video of a Japanese guy carving a perfect sphere from a block of ice. I am way too lazy for that, so I thought ice ball tray! They will be completely frozen today, so I will give them a try and report back. Thank you for the insight!
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Ian H 🇺🇸 | 13 ratings Replied 10 Jul '20

Get these stainless steel cubes. They chill the drink well, but don’t water it down. Low maintenance and they work perfectly. https://www.amazon.com/Rabbit-Whiskey-Beverage-Chilling-Stones/dp/B00NOPV7J6
Immiketoo 🇬🇷 | 60 ratings Author Replied 10 Jul '20