Advanced Techniques – How To Make Clear Ice

Advanced Techniques – How To Make Clear Ice

*theme music starts* Ice is one of the most important parts of a cocktail, and while many people are perfectly happy with cloudy ice, making clear ice is actually not that hard, not that expensive, and really adds a touch of elegance to the drink. So today, I’m gonna teach you how to make a variety of different shapes of perfectly-clear ice. These different shapes are more appropriate for different types of cocktails, and uh, we’ll make a couple cocktails to demonstrate that as well. Now, there are some products on the market that are made for creating clear ice, but they’re pretty expensive.  Really best counter top ice maker all you’re gonna need here is a small cooler with the lid taken off, a serrated knife, and some kind of hammer. If you wanna make clear ice balls, you’ll want a(n) ice ball mold and a shaker tin. The technique we’re gonna be using here is called “directional freezing”. So, when water freezes, the impurities actually form at the end of the freezing process. So, by forcing the freezing to go from the top to the bottom, we’re able to separate the clear ice from the cloudiness. And while using filtered or boiling water might help a little bit, it will not give you perfectly-clear ice. So start by filling up the cooler. Place it in the freezer and then forget about it for the next 24 hours or so. The insulated sides of the cooler and the open top means that the freezing should happen from top to bottom, and we actually don’t want it to freeze all the way; that way we avoid any impurities from forming at all. So you can see here that it only froze about halfway down. Chip away at some of that shell that forms at the bottom and you’ll be left with this clear ice block. You can run it under some warm water to smooth out the edges. So, we’re gonna start by making some large ice cubes. So take that serrated knife and cut a little slit, then take your mallet and gently hammer away. Repeat the same process on that smaller block, and cut yourself a perfectly-square, clear ice cube. As you cut these away, put them in a bag and throw them in the freezer. Now let’s cut some clear, long ice sticks. These are gonna be great for highball cocktails. You should be able to get about four or five out of these big blocks of ice. You can really get any shape of ice out of this ice block. So it’s up to you. If you wanna carve it up into smaller rocks, just hack away. Now if you want an ice ball that is perfectly-clear and round, it can be a little bit more difficult, but I’m gonna show you a neat trick here. So fill up that little cooler as well as the shaker tin, and also fill up the ice ball mold to the top. We’re going to be using the exact same method of directional freezing, so we need that to freeze from the top to the bottom, with the impurities being pushed out the bottom. So what we’re gonna do is turn that ice ball mold upside down and stick it on top of that shaker tin. Now try not to let any bubbles inside of that ice ball mold and then place it in the cooler. Let it freeze for the same amount of time, then remove the shaker tin and use the remaining ice block for carving up. Again, the water should’ve frozen from the top to the bottom, and so when you pull out that ice ball mold you should see that clear solid ice at the bottom; just chop that away. So because you froze it upside-down, the water should’ve frozen down through that hole in the top of the ice ball mold… Leaving you with a perfectly-clear and round ice ball. This clear ice looks great in cocktails. I really love the ice sticks Uh, they go great with a Tom Collins in a highball glass, so here we’ve got some lemon juice, some simple syrup, and some gin. Top it off with a little club soda. And one of my current favorite drinks is a bourbon maple Old Fashioned. Just put a little bit of bourbon and mix that with some maple syrup. Throw in some orange bitters, some Angostura bitters, and stir it up. Undercounter ice maker reviews The dark, maple color of this Old Fashioned looks really beautiful against the big, clear ice ball. And I totally understand that some people really don’t care about how the ice looks; they really just see it as something to cool the cocktail down, but I hope this video has shown how taking a little extra time to make it clear can really step up the presentation of the drink. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you thought this was interesting, I’d appreciate you taking a second to subscribe. Cheers!

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    Tom Haflinger

    When you ran the warm water over the ice to smooth it, I was surprised that it didn't crack. But after pondering it for a while, I think I understand. Ice that has just come out of the freezer tends to crack, whereas ice that has been out for a few minutes usually doesn't. Cracking is due to thermal shock. If you had left the block in to freeze completely, it would have had the chance to get below 32F. A block of this size would take a considerable amount of time to warm up enough not to crack. However, since it didn't freeze all the way, and it's in a mostly insulated vessel, you essentially have a mix of 32F ice and 32F water. Until the whole block freezes over, the ice doesn't have a chance to get very far below the freezing point. The second it tries, the existing water will lend some of its heat to keep it at 32F. So even though this block has been trying to freeze for a whole day, it's already warm enough that it doesn't succumb to thermal shock. "Warm" being a relative term, of course.

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    Randy Crew

    Well hello! Great video! This was the best tutorial I’ve seen thus far on clear ice production. I’ll get right on this.. got to get all the tools but I’ll let you know how I did as soon as I can.

    Thanks and all the best!
    R

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    Mark Nienow

    Anybody figure out a good way to store it? I've put it in plastic zip lock bags and they all melt and refreeze together.

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    ColtDeltaElite10mm

    I just use bottled DISTILLED water in ice trays and they freeze perfectly clear. Easy and perfect for cocktails.

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    ColtDeltaElite10mm

    Why do you handle the ice sooooo much with your hands??? That like the bartender washing his hands in my cocktail. No thanks. Just use distilled water to make the ice. It clear.

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    Colonel Ga-Taffy

    Really I fucking fell asleep watching this. Who gives a shit it’s gonna melt. Is your name Tom “ice cube” cruise. Get a life.

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    Richard Zierer

    Impurities do not "form" during the freezing process. They, and air trapped in the water, are pushed out out of the way as the water freezes. The last portion of the body of water to freeze is where you will see the cloudiest ice.

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    wariyoshidirector

    I'm abroad right now where I can't drink alcohol, but I've been binging your videos and I really wanna get home so I can start throwing cocktail tasting parties ._. My next step is to get some friends to invite…

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    Johan Larsson

    There are no impurities… when ice freeze it expands. when the final bottom drop of water freezes there is no room left to expand into and it cracks the surrounding ice, resulting in misty white ice.

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    S F

    2:00 Careful running your pristine block of clear ice under water like that; you can crack it. I at least let it sit around at room temp to 'warm up' to zero (from -10 or -20F from the freezer) as there will be less thermal shock when you run it under water.

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    Michael Auderer

    Now this is a quality tutorial. Great format, great music, speaking, and volume management of the audio. Subbed and liked.

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    Kirsten Cleigh

    I came here for a way to make clear ice for an old fashioned (my new fav drink) and now I know how to do that, plus I got a recipe for an old fashioned that I'm totally going to try! Thanks for the great video!

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    aniki91344

    To make the clear ice ball, do I really need the entire cooler with it, or can I just use the ball mold and a large cup?

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    Literatouristin

    Where Im come from we never use ice in Cocktails or wine or even beer. We use cooled gems or soapstone. Because ice would make the drink watery…

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    Blu

    People Who Thinks Cocktail Making Is Just About The Taste Of The Cocktail,You Are Wrong There’s Art In It With The Beauty Of The Cocktail and Taste

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    UnorthodoxRomance

    I'd like to learn this not for cocktails, but for whiskey. It's much more classy to pour Jameson or Johnnie Walker Black over a clear ice cube than a handful of ice cubes from Dollar General.

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    Scott Cushman

    I keep making these and storing them. They start off completely clear, then after storing for a few days they are cloudy. Not as cloudy as a regular Ice cube, but not clear. Any suggestions on storing?

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    littlegoobie

    all that time and work for a single round ice ball. 2 drinks later, it's gone. THis is like a tutorial on how to best clean the bottom of your workboots to make them look brand new.

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    David Good

    I've seen this almost exact same video/technique elsewhere (likely a newer video), but I have to say your version is much better and much clearer (maybe you're the one they stole their video idea from). Thanks!

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    Kevin Inthavong

    Clicked to watch expecting some shitty edm. Stayed for his classy voice and music. Subbed instantly.

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    [PBG] PointBreakGalaxy

    It's 3am in Russia and I don't use ice in my daily drink. Watching this video is weird and excited at the same time

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    Viz muñiz

    nice video. unfortunately this coollid won't fit in my freezer nor in any standard freezer. any alternatives?

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    vivey66

    The best 📹 I've seen for ice balls. Thank you! Those ice balls are 🔥 I will definitely use that freezing technique.

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    carlo formosa

    What if the sides of my container are not insulated? Perhaps like a bucket or Tupperware,does it affect the result that much or I can still get some decent clear ice out of it?

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    Dave

    where do i get saw knife
    where do i get cutting board with sink dimensions
    where do I get mallet
    where did ice ball go

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    hexopod

    Just tried this and had great success! I don't have a cocktail shaker handy, so I put some disposable-ish Tupperware at the bottom of my cooler and rested my sphere molds on it

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    Andrew Parkinson

    Just made my first batch – carving is a little tricky, but I think I can do better next time. And was pleasantly surprised to find out I'd bought the same cooler as the one shown in the video

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    Elizabeth Short

    I just don't want the shity tap water taste to ruin my drink. I perfer mineral water, filtered, or spring water for my ice

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    Elias Wong

    ….hmmm.. Dude,… You can buy distilled water at almost every grocery store. Just make your ice cubes with distilled water..

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    Food Nomads

    I'm actually applying this to my hobbies right now while I should be working on more content.
    Hurray for procastination!

    And a sound YAY for no sleep!

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    Rusdani Budi Wicaksono

    Soooo, I might be wrong, but it seemed that Chef Steps sort of copying this video in their recent video?

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    BigBadBoogie

    Thats great, but how to implement this in an ice maker? Would insulating the bottom part and allow it to freeze a shorter period of time work(leaving some unfrozen water at the "bottom" of the mold)…
    My ice maker allready freeze slightly from the top by blowing coool air atop the ice and when its time to push out the cubes it heats the mold, slightly melting the bottom part. Im thinking if i could insulate thebmold better it would freeze "more" top to bottom, but o.c. after a while the chill has gone through the insulation and thats where the heater would help as that heats the bottom of the mold every batch of ice also heating the insulated part a bit to prevent a "too cool insulated space".
    Just need to figure out how to reprogram it for shorter freeze cycle and longer heat cycle and it should be close to perfect right?

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    BStar

    Hey I just did this and 2 things:
    1) it froze about halfway in about 11 hours.
    2) it froze the top.
    I have the same ending shape as you, with a corner of cloudy, no big deal. I even used the same cooler as you. 🙂

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    love is my religion

    Adds A Touch of Elegance, the difference between clear ice and regular ice is that it defines the difference between common sense and stupidity.

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    Сергей Гама

    I don't care how ice looks in my home made cocktails, but I enjoyed your video while sipping on old fashioned one, sir, cheers

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