Clear Ice Cubes are becoming more and more popular and why they shouldn’t be. If you care about your cocktail looks, then ice cubes can make a difference. We already wrote about Homemade Crystal Clear Ice for Cocktails, but this time there are more pictures and easier step by step tutorial.
Let’s begin. You will need:
- Ice cube tray/mold
- Plastic Box
- Polystyrene (Box)
In this case, the mold is pretty standard 3×5 3.3 cm silicone ice cube mold.
We just bought the new mold, and now we need to drill holes through it? Well, yes. 🙂 If there are no holes bubbles will stay in the mold, and we will get blurry ice cubes. Exactly the thing we are trying to prevent. Because of the holes, bubbles can go through the holes and out of the mold which will leave us with clear ice.
Next thing we need is a plastic box to hold the ice cube mold.
Another box, this time Polystyrene box in which we will put our plastic box. An additional box will make the water freeze from the top down, and it will be insulation for our plastic box. For this step, you can also use any other type of insulation like an old blanket or even a folded kitchen towel.
We want to raise our ice cube mold a little bit. We can use anything which will raise our mold few centimeters from the bottom. This will make space for our bubbles when they are pushed out of the bottom of the mold.
Assemble everything together, and cubes are ready for the freezer. Water should be filled slightly bellow from the top of the mold. Because of the holes, water will also be in our plastic box, and everything will freeze in a big chunk of ice.
Once everything is frozen all that we need to do is to separate the whole piece of ice from our mold. After that take ice cubes out of the mold like usual and you will get nice clear cubes. The difference between this and standard technique is evident.
The rough edges will melt as soon as the ice cubes hit the drinks and ice cubes are going to be even clearer.
Do you have better or easier way? Or maybe some other trick up your sleeve for clear ice cubes? Let us know in the comments.
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Big thanks to /u/Woodgnome for this great tutorial and permission to use it.