It’s hard to know which type of ice is best for your needs. You might think all ice is the same, but there are actually 7 different types of ice, each with its own unique properties and uses.
In this blog post, we’ll explain the different types of ice and help you choose the right one for your needs. Whether you’re throwing a party or just want some cold drinks on a hot day, we’ve got you covered.
1) Cubed Ice
Cubed ice is the most common type of ice, and it’s perfect for most purposes. Bland as it may appear, cubed ice is ideal for cooling down drinks quickly. It also looks elegant and refined, which is why you’ll often find it in a high-end cocktail bar (despite all the alternatives).
While I’m sure all of us love the classic ice cube, there are some obvious downsides however. One of them being that ice cubes water the drink down more than any other type of ice (per cube). They’re big, bulky and if you’re into chewing your ice, they can easily chip your tooth.
2) Bullet Ice
Bullet ice is a type of ice that is essentially small cubes with a dent in the bottom of them. They’re smaller than standard cubed ice, and perfect for cocktails and other drinks that need a lot of ice. Because they’re so small, bullet ice doesn’t water down your drink as quickly as larger cubes, so you can enjoy it for longer. Bullet ice is also great for smoothies and frozen drinks, because it blends more easily than other types of ice. If you’re looking for something that will keep your drink cold without watering it down, bullet ice is the perfect choice.
Despite all its upsides, its major downside is that it is still just as rock hard as regular cubed ice. It’s just slightly smaller and mis-shapen.
3) Crescent Ice
Crescent ice is a type of ice that has a unique shape- it’s basically a half moon. Similar to bullet ice, It’s perfect for cocktails and other drinks that need a lot of ice, because it doesn’t take up as much space as cubed ice.
One downside to crescent ice is that it can be difficult to find in stores. If you’re looking for something more unique than regular cubed or crushed ice, crescent ice is a great option. There is however, nothing special to it besides its shape.
4) Crushed Ice
Crushed ice is exactly what the name implies, cubed ice crushed into tiny small fragments. Crushed ice is an excellent choice when you’re making a slushy or margarita because it doesn’t clog the blades of your blender. This makes it perfect for use in restaurants or bars where they’re making a lot of blended ice drinks.
While crushed ice is a big crowd pleaser, it can melt pretty quickly in your drink. If you find yourself babysitting your cocktail often, it may be warmer than you’d like by the time you finish it.
5) Nugget Ice
Ahhh nugget ice, the cure-all for every ice problem we’ve encountered thus far. Nugget ice is essentially flaked/crushed ice that is compacted together to form small pellets or “nuggets”. While nuggets at first, they quickly break down as they come into contact with the pressure and heat of your mouth. In other words, use them anywhere you’d use regular ice. Just be prepared for a much more satisfying experience.
Alternative phrases for nugget ice are pellet, pebble, sonic, and chewable ice. If you’re interested in making this delicious ice at home, they now create pellet ice makers for home. Not all nugget ice makers are created equal, so make sure and do your homework.
6) Spherical Ice
Spherical ice, as the name suggests, is made in the shape of a sphere. It is often used in high-end restaurants and bars because of its unique appearance. Unlike other types of ice, spherical ice doesn’t melt quickly, which means your drink will stay cold for longer. It’s also great for displaying drinks because it looks more elegant than regular ice cubes.
While spherical ice may be the perfect choice for some cocktails, it’s not ideal for all drinks. For instance, it doesn’t work well with smoothies or frozen drinks because it doesn’t blend well. If you’re looking for something that will keep your drink cold and look fancy, spherical ice is the perfect choice.
7) Block Ice
Block ice is a large, square piece of ice that is often used in commercial settings, such as restaurants and bars. It is not as common to see block ice in residential homes, but it can be found. Unlike other types of ice, block ice doesn’t melt quickly and it doesn’t have a lot of flavor. This makes it the perfect choice for drinks that need to stay cold for a long period of time, such as smoothies or Slush Puppies.
Block ice can also be used in combination with other types of ice. For instance, you can use crushed ice to make a frozen drink and then place a block of ice in the drink to keep it cold. This prevents the drink from getting watered down and keeps the flavor strong.
Ice is an important part of many cocktails, but there are many different types of ice and not all of them are the same. In this article, we’ll teach you about the different types of ice and what each one is best for.
When most people think of ice, they think of small cubes that can be used in drinks like whiskey or vodka. However, there are several other types of ice that can be useful for different applications.