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Home mixologists are spending time and money searching for the best ingredients they can find, but they may be overlooking the secret to a great drink: good ice. Most ice is cloudy, weak, and melts quickly, diluting your drink. Quality ice is clear, dense, and slow to melt. It’s also not that difficult to make yourself.
Flawless ice isn’t a product of distilled water, but rather comes from freezing water slowly. When done quickly, air bubbles in the ice are trapped and leave it cloudy and brittle. But when formed slowly the bubbles escape and leave an ice block as clear as glass.
The cocktail lovers at Gizmodo even made a video how-to, showing that perfect ice isn’t hard. Actually it is hard, just not difficult.