More and more as we order drinks here and there my husband and I noticed that many places are choosing to use ice balls rather than the boring smaller cubes when serving their cocktails.
You might not realize it, but ice is the most important ingredient to a cocktail.
Ice keeps what you are drinking at the appropriate temperature...and while you might not like the fact that the ice melts....it's actually a good thing. Water seeps into your drink and balances the blend and helps various ingredients to harmonize.
The ice ball is perfect for sipping whiskey....and as many bartenders advise...it just looks sexy cool.
The trend to use ice balls actually started in Japan. They carve the balls out of mineral water using an ice pick or a very sharp sushi knife. One of the tasks that must be completed if someone wants to join the National Bartenders Association in Japan is to be able to carve a perfect ice ball quickly.