Coolest Ice Cubes Ever
Light Up Ice Cubes
Ice Cubes In All Shapes
Ice cubes have been around for a long time, most of the ice we use is cube shaped, but it does not have to be that way. Its summer time and the weather is heating up, so I decided to find the coolest alternative ice cubes. Not only did i find unique and different ice cubes, I found some reusable ice substitutes and innovative ice making techniques.
Most of the items included in this article are ice trays that mold water into unusual shapes. I have included ice alternatives, ice trays, and ice making systems.
What is cooler than a AK-47? The epitome of cold war clashes, the AK-47 represents the most dangerous of handheld weapons. The signature ammunition of the AK has become synonymous with war and conflict. These ice cube trays allow you to bring the conflict to your cocktail. You can create eleven AK Frozen Bullets with these ice trays.
Disney World Had These Light Up Ice Cubes
A couple of years ago, I took my son to Disney World in Orlando, FL. At one of the restaurants inside one of the parks, we got light up, plastic ice cubes. You put them in the freezer a couple of hours before you want to use them. Then you take them out and shake them, a small LED comes on and starts to blink.
Under the photo to the right of this text, you will see a link to a company's web site that will create custom light up ice cubes with your logo on them. I am not affiliated with that company, I just wanted to share their information because I used their picture to show you these cool ice cubes.
These Cold Boulders from Worldwide Fred and Friends are not actually ice cubes but they are still very cool. They look like actual rocks and they are reusable, all you have to do is wash them after you use them and put them back in the freezer.
The next time you make a Gin on the rocks, it will look like you really have rocks in your drink. They stay cold for a long time without watering down your drink which is good because whatever the situation, you do not want a watered down cocktail!
Tetris Ice Cubes
This link below will take you to a web site that explains how you can make silicon ice trays for your own Tetris Ice Cubes. Some younger readers may not know what Tetris is, but these ice cubes are still cool. The link under the picture, leads you to an article that gives instructions for creating the silicon mold to make these Tetris Ice Cubes.
Chili pepper Ice Cubes
These fun and festive reusable Chilly Peppers, are perfect to cool off a Mojito or Margarita if you are not using crushed ice. (You like how they did a play on words there?) I found these on Cool Stuff Express, here again I am not affiliated with that site, but I figured that I owe a mention to them for providing such an attractive image of Chilly Peppers. I don't know about you, but looking at that picture makes me want a Mojito and some chips and salsa.
Giant Ice Cubes
Bigger is Better
If you are the kind of person who believes that bigger is better, these King Cube Jumbo trays from Tovolo are right up your alley. Each cube is about 3 inches square and will probably still be around long after your drink is gone.
I think these things should come with warnings that say you should not bring cubes from these trays near an open body of water, if one of these fell into the water, it would probably sink a boat. Just a thought.
Clear Ice Cubes
I considered adding some information about creating clear ice cubes, however I did not originally include the information. Then I ran across Kathryn Vercillo's hub. She has explained how to create clear ice cubes in her hub on the subject. You can see her hub on how to make clear ice cubes below.
My research shows that the single most important factor to creating clear ice cubes is distilled water. You can purchase distilled water at the grocery store or you can create your own distilled water at home. Distilled water is water that is free from impurities. You can eliminate the impurities by heating water up until it becomes a gas. Then allow the steam to cool off until it becomes water again.
Using a large metal pot, fill it until it is half full. Inside the metal pot you need to place a glass bowl. The bowl should float in the metal pot. Make sure the bowl does not touch the bottom of the pot. Place the lid to the pot on top of the put, but place it upside down. In the upside down lid place ice cubes. As the water in the metal pot heats up, it will turn to a gas and collect on the upside down lid. Then it will cool and run down the lid until it drips into the glass bowl. The water in the glass bowl will be distilled. Use that water to create your ice cubes and they will come out nearly clear.
Ice Orb Caught My Eye
While researching this hub, I ran across "ice systems" that included mechanisms for getting ice out of the tray, and other trays that made stacking easier, however this funky system intrigued me because I couldn't immediately recognize how the water stayed on the sides long enough to freeze.
It turns out I wasn't the only one stumped by this one. Honestly, I never thought that an ice tray would get the best of me, but it happened. I actually found two different instructional videos on how to use this Ice Orb. One of the videos was on Amazon, I have included a link to the video below. The other video was on Fusion Brands' site. (Ice Orb comes from Fusion Brands)
Novel Ice Trays
Here is the final ice tray that I will feature, it is not so much cool as it is brilliant. The top half of the tray is similar to traditional plastic ice trays, except the shape is more rounded than cube shaped. It is the bottom half of the tray that makes these trays unique. Each pocket created by the hard plastic top, has a rubber like bottom. We found these at Fresh and Easy, a local grocery store chain.
Easy Ice Removal
Everyone has struggled with the problem of getting ice out of a tray. I am not sure why or how it is that ice trays that used to pop cubes out with a simple twist, suddenly become ice prisons, reluctant to let go of their frozen captives, but you will never have to deal with that problem again with these ice trays. Once the water has frozen, all you have to do to get the ice out is turn over the tray and push on the flexible, rubber bottoms. The ice pops out every time.
The ultimate convenience is having your own personal ice making machine. These personal ice making machines can be located in your bedroom, allowing for an impromptu cocktail or refreshing beverage.
- Amazon.com: J. Cooper\'s review of Fusionbrands 8014 Ice Orb Silicone Vertica...
Instructional Video On How To Use Ice Orb
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