What makes a great cocktail? Fresh ingredients, balanced flavors, beautiful presentation, and a knowledgeable bartender probably come to mind. However, have you ever considered the ice used to chill your drink?
Certain cocktails are best served with specific types of ice and many bars recognize this and are implementing ice programs. Dilution rates play a big part in determining the best type of ice to use. Large, dense ice cubes melt slowly and keep drinks lightly chilled without watering them down, ideal when drinking a premium spirit. However, other drinks need to be quickly chilled and benefit from the dilution provided by small ice nuggets.
Learn more: A Look at Artisan Ice in Cocktails