Filling The Whiskey Ball
- We highly recommend using boiled or distilled water.
- Ensure the ball is dry so that there is no water between the two halves. This could cause the two halves to come apart as water in the seam freezes and expands.
- Only fill to water-fill line
- Before placing the filled mold into the freezer, press down on the top and bottom mold to squeeze out all excess water in the seams and eliminate the gap between the halves that create a ring around the equator of the ice ball.
Preventing the Cracking of Ice
There are several things that cause the ice to crack. To prevent this, we suggest the following:
- Turn down freezer temperature.
- Put the mold in a hand towel, Ziplock bag, Tupperware container, or even a pot to slow down freezing process.
- Don't run the mold or ice under water. The silicone material will allow easy removal of the ice.
- Put the ice into the drink (with tongs so there is no splash) instead of pouring the drink into the cup.
- Let the finished product sit out for 30 minutes in room temperature and place back into the freezer. This will allow the water to fill in the cracks and refreeze.
Best Way to Remove the Ice Ball
- Peel the top mold off
- Peel the edges off of the bottom mold
- Flip the top mold upside down and place on counter top
- Flip the bottom mold down and push on the bottom of the mold with your two thumbs into the top mold
Refer to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTTM6lACqhs for an instructional video
Jazzing it Up
If you are using The Whiskey Ball for cocktails, ice teas, lemonade, sangria, pitchers etc, you can kick up your presentation a notch!
- Add food coloring after an hour of freezing to create colorful swirls
- Put in a piece lime, lemon, orange into the mold before you add the water. This is not only great for presentation, it infuses the ice ball with the fruit and will slowly release the flavor into your cocktail.
- Stick some mint or other herbs into the water inlet before you freeze it. Ensure that the herb is submerged in the water and protruding out of the water inlet so it doesn't fall completely into the water. Bartenders do this to heighten the senses while the cocktail is being consumed.
Cleaning The Whiskey Ball
For best results, periodically wash the ice molds with a diluted solution of vinegar and water.