Have you ever ordered a whiskey on the rocks, picked up the glass, and thought to yourself, “Hmm, now what could be the problem? My drink doesn’t look quite right… oh, of course! The ice cubes are all wrong!”
Yeah, me neither. But for those of you who like your ice cubes engineered to spherical perfection, this product could be just what you’re looking for. Introducing the Ice Ball mold from Taisin, a company in Japan.
So what’s the point of having round ice cubes? Well, a round shape means that the total surface area exposed to liquid is reduced, and therefore the ice cubes won’t melt as fast. Translation—your drink will stay nice and cold without getting watered down too quickly.
To use the Ice Ball mold, all you have to do is heat it up in some hot water, place a chunk of ice in the middle, and watch as it melts into a perfect, seamless sphere. The whole process takes about a minute, and if you have enough ice on hand, you can crank out quite a few little balls of icy happiness.
If that’s too boring, you can always experiment with the other mold designs and sizes that are available. You’re not limited to the mini version–you can create ice balls ranging in diameter from 30mm all the way up to 80mm.
Those who are athletically inclined can get molds that pump out soccer balls and baseballs. One mold produces cool diamonds, and if you’re really classy, you can even add your own personal logo to every ice cube you make with a customized brand!
Price may be a problem for some people, though. Weighing in at 2kg, the smallest mold starts at $175, and after that the numbers skyrocket to well over two grand for the soccer ball and baseball molds.
I think it’s safe to say that while these molds are an awesome idea, you probably won’t find very many bartenders carrying them around in their bar kits!