Overlooked Ingredient: Classic cocktails require correct ice. Blending the finest spirits and amendments won’t yield an ideal result without using the right ice to chill and dilute a drink correctly.
The following is excerpts from the Nation’s Restaurant News article
…Classic cocktail growth today is getting an assist from high-quality, machine-made ice that requires no cutting, is made in perfect 1-inch- and 2-inch-square pieces, is clear and melts slowly.
…Veteran restaurateurs Nancy Hart and Jerry Tice have used such ice machines, and they insist they’re worth it when a quality drink is the aim. Hart called their “workhorse Hoshizaki” machine an “investment in great cocktails.” The payback is perfect ice made automatically, since making clear ice requires slower freezing.
“Great ice is about not diluting your high-end spirit and treating it right,” says Hart, who will open Gunther & Co. in Baltimore with Rice this year.
Just this year Hoshizaki America introduced a new machine — model IM-200BAA — that has been designed for premium restaurants, bars and clubs. The small footprint, high-efficiency undercounter unit produces 200 pounds of clear, large ice cubes daily and contains a 75 lb. capacity built-in storage bin.