Ice balls are a relatively new discovery of mine, I first encountered them when my brother, who was a bar manager at the time, pulled out a contraption and loaded a giant cube of ice into it. The device rapidly melted the cube into a clear sphere of ice which was then dropped into my bourbon.

I don’t remember much of what happened next, the night was a blur of Basil Hayden’s, ice balls and lengthy debates about the pros and cons of scotch vs bourbon. One thing we all did agree on was that ice spheres are the perfect way to cool down spirits, they melt very slowly and so dilute the nectar of the gods only slightly.

This kit by Cirrus is a professional grade ice sphere kit designed for use in bars, hotels and restaurants, hit the link to check it out via Williams-Sonoma.

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