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Immiketoo (PREMIUM)

Posted 9 Jul '20 from Greece with 33 ratings

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

From Switzerland with 354 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….

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kheiligh (PREMIUM)

From United States with 31 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.

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Immiketoo (PREMIUM)

From Greece with 33 ratings 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 (PREMIUM)

From United States with 7 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

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Immiketoo (PREMIUM)

From Greece with 33 ratings Replied 10 Jul '20

Those are really cool! Pun intended :)

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