We are kicking off our new Limited Art Series of The Spherical Ice Ball Maker with a powerful symbol of strength, good fortune, and luck, the dragon. In particular, the Japanese-style dragon, but in general, Asian dragon symbolism shares many similarities across China, Japan, and Korea.
Let’s be honest. The only reason people put orange juice into a mimosa is to justify it as appropriate for breakfast! By freezing your orange juice into a perfect sphere, you can top it with champagne and get just a touch of orange juice.
Legend has it that the Death In the Gulf Stream cocktail was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite drinks. The drink first appeared in Charles Baker's Gentleman's Companion. The description of the drink in Baker's book is brilliant:
Take a tall thin water tumbler and fill it with finely cracked ice. Lace this broken debris with 4 good purple splashes of Angostura, add the juice and crushed peel of 1 green lime, and fill the glass almost full with Holland gin...
An infused ice ball cocktail recipe. It takes 24 hours of prep, but it's worth it. "Obrigado" is Portuguese for "Thank you", and we are ready for spring to arrive, so we created this to say "thanks, winter, it's been great but we need some spring time already." And springtime in Brazil is pretty great...as long as you stick to the coastal beach areas like Rio and São Paulo is nice too.
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Today, we're reviewing one of our favorite oaky bourbons from Woodford Reserve. As far a Kentucky Straight bourbons go, Woodford Reserve is about as Kentucky as bourbons get. Woodford Reserve has been the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby since 1996, and it even produces a limited-edition bottle each year specifically for the horserace.
We wanted to make another cocktail that uses ice for more than just the utilitarian aspect (i.e. more than just chilling the drink), and we love introducing subtle flavors with an ice ball since it melts more slowly than regular ice shapes.
Tequila is one of those things that people love or hate, the latter sentiment usually stems from some reaction to over-indulgent college experiences they would love to forget. Bad tequila has also made people very wary of this complex and flavorful spirit.
People sometimes complain of the smoky agave characteristics and sharp finish. For some, tequila is enjoyed as an ingredient in the famous “Margarita”, while other times, people think of “shots” of tequila, followed by grimacing and chasing it with lime or a beer.
We obviously enjoy a good drink. But we also really enjoy good food. We have a doozy of a cocktail for you, but first, a little backstory.
Living in Texas, especially if you are a native, a decent portion of your diet includes Tex-Mex, Mexican, and other Latin-influenced cuisines...
One of our favorite old(est) school cocktails is the Old Fashioned. We have posted several recipes and there are dozens of variations. Hailing from the late 1800’s, it was the first drink actually referred to as a “cocktail.” Traditionally made with bourbon, this cocktail is actually quite simple to make. We have experimented with other types of whiskey, such as rye, but also rum, and in certain parts of the USA, an Old Fashioned is even made with brandy, instead of whiskey.
The classic New York Cocktail is made with a heavy hand of grenadine, which can sometimes make it a little too sweet for some tastes. By adding the grenadine directly to the ice ball, the sweetness is slowly released into the cocktail as it is enjoyed. We make the change even better by using Real Grenadine, which is made from Pomegranate juice and orange blossom water.
Originally introduced by San Francisco bartender Jon Santer more than a decade ago, the Revolver cocktail is typically made with orange bitters and a dose of coffee liqueur. We decided to take to a whole new level by using a black coffee ice ball so the coffee flavor slowly releases into the bourbon...
Much like the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan is one of the oldest and (and in our opinion, one of the finest) cocktails. The Manhattan is the first cocktail documented to use vermouth as a modifier. And just like the Old Fashioned, there are many variations of the Manhattan, but we’re partial to this variant – with an ice ball of course.
Some of our most favorite cocktails are the ones that your grandfather, or even your grandfather's grandfather may have enjoyed. The Jockey Club No. 2 is a revival of the original, from the 1930s (so we'll call this one "old school" since your grandfather or perhaps great grandfather may have enjoyed it).
The Bourbon Spritz Cocktail offers a bit more flavor than your standard bourbon on the rocks and using an ice ball allows those flavors to mingle and become more complex as you enjoy it.
We're excited to have wrapped up the first mystery box contest! The tabulating has been tabulated, the counts have been counted and we have selected a winner (actually, we used a random name selection algorithm which pulled the name from the pool of entries...but it sounded better if we pretended to do the work).
A lot of people took advantage of their personal referral link and earned three additional entries - for each of the friends they referred. There was another easy way to double your chances of winning too, and all it took was confirm your email (we sent a confirmation to everyone who entered, along with a special thank you gift via email) - unfortunately only half of the people who entered did that. You hurt your chances people!
The mystery box (well technically, it's two boxes) contains the following:
- Olivia™ Mixing Glass
- Traditional All-Natural Gum/Gomme Syrup
- All-Natural Pineapple Syrup
- All-Natural Gingerbread Old Fashioned Cocktail Starter Syrup
- All-Natural Burnt Sugar Syrup
- Eli™ Julep Strainer
- Katsumi™ Japanese-style Bar Spoon
- Stainless Steel Citrus Juicer
- Julius™ Small Weighted Shaker Tin
- Julius™ Large Weighted Shaker Tin
- Shaker Pint Glass
- Set of four Whiskey Ice Co. Logo-Etched Double Old Fashioned Glasses
- Set of Three Double Jiggers
Whew, the lucky winner is well, lucky.
Since this contest was based on sharing, and we wanted to get people talking and sharing the contest, we're giving the person that referred our winner to the contest a little something too (because hey, if we referred someone and they won...we'd hope for a little something ourselves).
Without further ado, the Mystery Box winner for June is:
Jody! (We will be contacting you via email)
Our Runner Up, who was nice enough to refer Jody to the contest is:
Blake! (We will be contacting you via email)
Bummed that you didn't win? Have no fear, the next Mystery Box Contest kicks off on July 4th!!
We enjoy the people we meet, and all of the folks around the world who have supported us and made our flagship product, The Spherical Ice Ball Maker™, so popular. You guys are awesome!
We thought ourselves, "selves, how can we let all of our friends out there know how awesome they are?". Then it came to us. LET'S GIVE AWAY FREE STUFF!
A drink we created while inspired by one of our favorite summertime hotel spots - The Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. This drink is named for the location of their "Poule" (their pool/bar area), from which said swimming pool hangs over the side of the 10th floor. Talk about a killer view.
When we started thinking about the old school, and even the "oldest school" cocktails that your great grandfather enjoyed, several classics came to mind, the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, etc. We thought to ourselves "selves, we should go major old school." So we dusted off the Bourbon Crusta...
Hibiki is a blended whisky from Suntory, the makers of Yamazaki. The components are aged in a variety of casks, including plum liqueur casks, before being filtered through bamboo charcoal.