Smoke on the Water

March 20, 2016

Cocktails starring perfect crystalline ice are among the hallmarks of today’s quality bars. Often, these mighty cubes and spheres, which add much-needed chill, texture, and viscosity, are chiseled straight from a sleek chainsaw-cut block by an adventurous bartender. These practical theatrics add yet another facet to a finely wrought drink. But from a utilitarian perspective, thoughtful ice selections ensure cocktails are served at optimal temperatures. Little is worse for customers than sipping a drink that quickly dilutes before their eyes.

To keep this essential component both playful and seductive for guests, bartenders are getting more creative with “frozen water.” For…