4 most popular ice types in cocktails.


The Importance of Ice in Cocktail Making

When we think about making our favourite cocktails, we may forget the fundamental role that ice plays in cocktails. This element can be used in many different ways and the type of ice you use can make all the difference to the flavour, presentation and dilution of your cocktail.

That is why at Té Tonic we believe it is important to know the different types of ice that we have at our disposal: rock ice, spherical ice, small ice and crushed ice, so that our garnish cocktails are perfect.

If you haven't considered the type of ice to use when making your cocktail, then this article is for you! Get ready to take your cocktail making to the next level.

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Rock ice:

This is the most common and versatile ice used in cocktail making. It is characterised by its size and firmness. It is generally 4cm on a side and is ideal for cocktails that do not require dilution, as its size and consistency make it more durable.
Shaken vigorously in a shaker, it is essential for drinks ordered 'on the rocks' and for cocktails such as the Old Fashioned or the Whisky Sour, so no bartender should be without it.

Make an Old Fashioned on the rocks: In a shaker, mix sugar, water and a few drops of Angostura bitters. Stir gently and serve in an Old Fashioned glass with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

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Ice Ball:

This type of ice has become increasingly popular because of its beautiful shape and ability to keep drinks cold. Special moulds are used to create the perfect size. Ball ice is ideal for cocktails served in wide glasses.

To make a Negroni with ball ice, choose a tall glass and pour equal parts gin, Campari and red vermouth into it. Add crushed ice and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of orange.


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Small ice:

Also known as cracked ice, this type of ice is made by crushing ice in a machine. It can also be made by hand by wrapping it in a cloth and beating it with a kitchen mallet.
Ideal for cocktails served in tall glasses with straws, such as the Mojito and Frozen Daikiri, where the ice quickly dissolves to give the drinks a refreshing effect.

Make a Mojito with small ice cubes: Muddle the mint leaves, sugar, lime juice and white rum in a tall glass. Add the crushed ice and sparkling water. Garnish with a slice of lime and a small sprig of fresh mint.



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Crushed Ice:

Ideal for frozen cocktails and tropical drinks, this type of ice is made by crushing the ice in a blender or using a crushed ice machine.
Its texture is smooth and grainy and it melts quickly, creating a refreshing sensation. It is the perfect choice for frozen cocktails, such as the frozen margarita.

Make a Piña Colada with crushed ice: In a blender, combine fresh pineapple, coconut cream and rum. Then add crushed ice and blend until smooth. Serve the Piña Colada in a tall glass and decorate with a slice of pineapple and a cocktail umbrella.


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Ice, another protagonist of the cocktail bar.

As we have already mentioned, choosing the right type of ice for your cocktail is an essential step in achieving a good result, enhancing the flavour of your cocktail and highlighting the ingredients you have chosen, especially if you are following the step-by-step instructions of a recipe.
Each type of ice has a specific function and it is important to use it correctly so that, together with the type of glass, ingredients and garnish, you get the cocktail you want.
However, we encourage you to explore new ways of combining ice types to take your cocktail creations to the next level and surprise your guests with unusual cocktails.
In our recipe section you can find many options to start experimenting!

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