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It’s not often we ponder the lowly, yet ubiquitous, and often needful ice cube, unless the drink we are enjoying too soon begins to taste more like water than the scotch, bourbon, cognac, or craft whiskey we carefully selected and paid for.  

The Whiskey Ice Company surely has. The Ice Ball Maker creates the ice ball instead of the ice cube, to be used in drinks to make them last longer by cooling, not diluting; and whose frigid existence is based on the physics of volume. 

First the physics: When it comes to ice, it’s about surface area. A large ice cube has six sides. The more surface area that comes into contact with the liquor the quicker the ice melts, diluting any great drink. A problem! 

Next, the ice balls: a perfect sphere is known to have the least amount of surface area, so when wanting to cool the drink without watering it down, the ice ball maker is the perfect solution. 

Unlike ice ball molds that compresses the water into a ball shape, can crack at any time, and dilute the drink into a watery mess, the ice ball maker takes a larger piece of ice that’s free to freeze uncompressed, then melts away the excess to create a perfect sphere. 

Made with precisely-machined aluminum, the Whiskey Ice Ball Maker combines the conduction qualities and weight of the metal to ‘heal’ imperfections inside the ice during the melting process. 

So, the result is a perfect ball, no cracking or diluting. The Whiskey Ice Company, whose home base is Dallas, TX offers the Ice Ball Maker for about $400 US. An ideal gift for yourself or that special someone.   

To view Whiskey Ice in Extraordinaire click here

 

 

by Susan Kime

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