With so many delicious cocktails calling for whiskey, it’s no wonder this liquor is in high demand. But it hasn’t always been that way. From the founding of our nation until now, whiskey has taken many different roles in the U.S. From the distillery of George Washington himself to Prohibition to finally finding resurgence, it’s been a wild ride for whiskey in this country. If you’re wondering about the difference between blended and straight varieties or sales trends through the years, The WebstaurantStore put together this infographic so you can learn that and more in this article. Read on to explore the history of this popular spirit, along with some other interesting facts about the nomenclature, brands, and consumption trends.
Charlie Palmers in Costa Mesa has featured The Whiskey Ball in several delicious hand crafted libations that blew us away. Their Smoke Slinger has Dewars Scotch, Benedictine, Carpano, Cherry bark vanilla, chocolate bitters, and smoked alder wood sea salt.
Bored of serving your drinks on the rocks? Why not try in the rocks? This cocktail sphere will certainly surprise everyone. A hollow ice sphere is filled with the desired cocktail and drinkers get to smash it open at the table. Great presentation and a lot of fun!
This fantastic presentation adds a new dimension to your favorite cocktail. To release the cocktail in the glass, just break the hollow ice sphere using a small hammer and enjoy. Be careful not to hit the glass and break it too! You can also use a muddler for this purpose.
At some mixology bars, the hollow ice sphere is made using an expensive cold immersion circulator but in this post we explain you how to obtain similar results with The Original Whiskey Ball and a regular freezer. The advantage of using an immersion circulator is that it is a lot faster and it is easier to obtain a hollow sphere with consistent ice wall thickness.
Ice ball cocktail tools
Cocktail ingredients (or your favorite cocktail)
Preparing the Ice Ball Shell
Serving the Cocktail in the Rocks
You can use tongs but if you don't have tongs readily available, you can use any type of spoon.
We took some advice from Justin Timberlake (who played Sean Parker in The Social Network) and have officially dropped the "The" from our website URL. Visit us anytime at the shorter whiskeyball.com or the classic thewhiskeyball.com.
We have updated the design some small features that will make The Whiskey Ball even better! The Whiskey Ball now features smaller water inlet and unique seal to ensure that your ice ball is formed perfectly round- free of bumps and jagged edges.
We are also proud to introduce a new member to the family- the 1 Pack. A perfect stocking stuffer or maybe for the casual solo drinker.
We are pleased to add another item to our product line just in time for the holidays. The DUO XL includes 4 of our world-famous ice molds and 2 premium rock glasses wrapped in a beautiful box that just needs a bow.
They are available for a limited time for $39.99 from 10/25 - 11/15.
We filled a Whiskey Ball with some good ol' Los Angeles tap water, froze it, and let it melt. Here is what we got- a cup full of delicious floating minerals! The lesson learned here boys and girls is that tap water contains a lot of "minerals". Freezing it causes the tiny particles of stuff to coagulate together and when it melts, the stuff floats to the top of your drink. Do the right thing and fill your WB with bottled water, filtered water, or distilled water.
Journalist and founder of the cocktail blog Alcademics.com Camper English knows a thing or two about ice. In a quest to produce a perfectly clear block, he spent nearly a year experimenting with the stuff, testing and re-testing, filtering and refiltering, freezing and refreezing.
I asked him: What am I doing wrong? How can I make a perfectly clear sphere of ice?
Well, to make a long story short, it turns out there is a way, but it doesn't involve using either of the molds I tested. Camper explained that the problem with the molds is that the ice will begin to form on the outside first, driving air bubbles and impurities to the center of the sphere, where they'll inevitably stay trapped.
Camper did, however, discover a way to make a perfectly clear block of ice in his home freezer. You can read all about his ingenious method on his blog, Alcademics.com here. Hint: "It's all about controlling the direction of the freezing."
Okay, so far so good. But, in the absence of advanced ice-carving skills, how can you possibly go from a block to a sphere? Well, there is one way...
Once one of his blocks was ready, Camper brought it over to a bar across the street from him and tried out one of these astounding - albeit pricey - machines that reshape ice using pressure and heat. The final result? A beautifully clear, seamlessly shaped sphere. Okay, maybe not the most accessible option for most of us, but nice to know it can be done.