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Ice: a critical component for exceptional world class drinks. Whilst it is often neglected ice truly is an ingredient like your very best spirits, fortified wines, cordials or other spices, herbs and botanicals, that you might use in your cocktail.
There are different types of ice. Usually, we are referring to crushed ice and cubed ice as the two primary sources, but way back in the days there were many different variations on that theme like shaved ice. That’s primarily, because large chunks and blocks of ice were brought down from far up north in ships and were brought all the way to the south in the United States where those blocks of ice were being used in the saloons and in the old school American bars. So the bartenders had to handle these blocks of ice and created all various types out of it: cubed ice, smaller nuggets, shaved ice or they would use a traditional bag and a mullet to create their own crushed or smashed ice. Which was very fine, perfectly cold and ideal for a julip.