Ice Sphere Maker
One of the coolest things that I’ve gotten for my home bar lately are these Ice Sphere Makers. Yes, I used the word “coolest” to describe my new ice molds. Thank you, I’ll be here all week.
But seriously, you’ve probably heard of whiskey stones. They are these real stones that you chill in the freezer then you add them into your glass of whiskey. The cold from the stones makes your drink cold without watering it down. Well these ice sphere makers work very similar to whiskey stones. You use them to freeze up a big ball of ice to chill your drinks. The ice sphere has less surface area and more mass than regular ice cubes. The size and shape is important so that they melt slower. Perfect for someone who doesn’t want watered down whiskey but doesn’t want to worry about accidentally swallowing a rock. Hey it could happen, so why not play it safe. Rocks are for the yard, ice is for your drinks.
These silicon ice molds are 2.5 inches in diameter and make a nice sphere that will fit into your favorite drinking glasses. I’ve seen some reports that if you use distilled water that the ice will freeze completely transparent. That would make for a cool look in your glass. But I’ve also heard that you can to freeze the spheres upside down to force the air out as it freezes. Sounds like a lot of trouble for something that’s just going to eventually melt. I’m fine with regular translucent ice. But maybe I’ll do some experimenting and report back here in a future post.
Since the Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds comes with 2 molds it’s perfect for an after work scotch. But if friends are coming over for a drink, two ice spheres aren’t going to cut it. But you can do what I do and freeze a few in advance and store them in a tupperware or pyrex container in the freezer. If you’re worried about them freezing together, you can place the spheres on top of the ice compartments of a regular ice cube tray. It obviously won’t be a perfect fit (round ice, square hole) but it’ll work. Also you might want to leave a package of baking soda in your fridge fight odors. Nothing worse that a big round ice ball going into your bourbon when it smells like the fishing trip that you just came back from. Yuck!