How do you make the perfect ice ball for whiskey?

May 15, 2013

  1. Over a pot of water (or better yet, a cooler as that will produce lots of clear ice) make a wire loop that the ice ball mold will sit on.
  2. Fill the pot with water just up to the wire. Also fill ice ball with water.
  3. Freeze it.
  4. Let it freeze, then remove it.
  5. Now that’s a sexy ice ball!

How do you make round ice balls?

An ice ball press is an aluminum or metal mold that breaks down a large chunk of ice to form a ball. The force of the mold presses the ice block into the ball-shaped mold and creates a perfectly rounded piece of ice in minutes with little to no effort.

Are cubes or spheres better for whiskey?

When it comes to whiskey ice, you can pick cubes, blocks, or spheres. No matter which you pick, they all do the same thing: melt as they chill. The difference is only the speed of dilution. Ice cubes, especially the wet ones found in most bar wells, are not the best option.

Why do people use round ice in whiskey?

The less surface area that is exposed to the warm liquid, the slower the ice will melt. Therefore, a sphere of ice will melt more slowly in a drink than a cube of ice. This way, you can chill the drink without quickly diluting it. It’s science!

How do you make an alcohol ice ball?


  1. Make the ice ball: Fill a spherical ice mold with water and freeze for two-and-a-half hours.
  2. Make the cocktail: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the vodka, juices, and simple syrup.
  3. Assemble the cocktail: Using the syringe again, carefully fill the ice ball with cocktail.

Are ice spheres worth it?

Ice spheres reduce the influence that water has on our experience while still cooling it down in an elegant fashion. The downside of using ice molds that were made with cheap plastic or silicone overseas is that the materials find their way into your favorite drink, tainting it with the taste of plastic.

What kind of ice cubes do you use for whiskey?

If you’re looking to enjoy your whiskey on the rocks, we recommend large or standard cubes. If you’re feeling fancy, you can pick up special molds for spheres or larger cubes. But it’s all about minimizing the surface area relative to the mass, so the ice melts slowly and you avoid diluting the spirit too quickly.

Do whiskey spheres work?

What Does A Whiskey Ball Do? After being chilled and dilute, the whiskey should start to melt as ice cubes dilute the liquid. If you use a sphere of ice instead of a cube of ice, the cube will melt the most slowly than a sphere of ice. You will save time when chilling a beverage and prevent diluting it.