It’s no secret that we love a good cocktail. As you’ve seen on our Instagram, most Fridays you’ll find us toasting to the weekend right around quitting time. Many of our clients are cocktail connoisseurs as well. We’re always looking for a way to make their cocktail offering extra special. We know that specialty cocktails are all the rage, but there’s another way of elevating a bar that’s been right under our noses this whole time. The simple ice cube, an integral component of nearly every cocktail, is far underutilized as a design element, but today we’re sharing how we used herb-infused block ice to spruce up pretty cocktails. Read on to learn how you can too! And be sure to download our Spring Cocktail Guide below.
Making Herb-Infused Ice
First and foremost, we recommend leaving the DIY to a professional like Penny Pound! They have specialized tools to cut their cubes with laser precision. However, if you choose to give it a shot on your own, follow these useful steps:
- Use silicone trays. There are tons of shapes and sizes available at Amazon. We used two different ice shapes to accommodate our glassware varieties.
- For crystal clear ice, you must boil the water before freezing to burn off any imperfections. Let the boiled water cool completely before adding to the tray. As an alternative to boiling, you can also use distilled water.
- I’ve found that once in the trays, the herbs either float to the top of the water or sink. To suspend the herbs in the center of the cube, freeze in stages. Fill the tray 1/4 full with the boiled or distilled water and freeze. Once frozen, add another 1/4 of the way full and add the herbs. Once frozen, fill the try the remainder of the way to the top with the boiled water and freeze completely.
- Pop the cubes out of the silicone trays and into a decorative ice bucket for serving.
Displaying Your Herb-Infused Ice
To ensure your herb-infused ice gets center stage and maximum visibility, follow these helpful tips:
- Use large block ice cubes. The larger the cube, the bigger the window to see the pretty herbs within.
- Choose simple, clear glassware free of patterns that will distract your eye and decrease ice visibility.
- Make cocktails that are clear or pale in color. Opaque cocktails will not show the herb ice.
- Display the ice in a beautiful bucket front and center on top of the bar. Obviously, the ice is going to melt when exposed to the room temperature air, so have a second collection of display ice chilling in the freezer and swap it out from time to time.