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Use of ice

 

To ice or not to ice.  Does anyone stop much to think about it?

For many cocktails, the use of ice is expected.  Who can picture a daiquiri without the slush?  Scotch on the rocks actually requires rocks.  Even the margarita has become a slush-fest.

Yet, ice is not always called for.  Fine vodka, for example.  Vodka is defined as an alcoholic beverage with most of the flavor and taste driven out of it, which makes what's left quite delicate.  Pretty much, the taste of vodka is almost entirely due to the type of water that is in it.  Given that, adding ice cubes from who knows where is going to completely throw the taste profile off, you are no longer tasting what you paid for, but tasting tapwater icecubes instead.  Vodka is best served chilled, no ice.

Occasionaly you see someone icing down a wine.  Perhaps there are wines out there that stand up to that.  But in general, wines are not good ice cold, and to put them in contact with actual ice creates something that doesn't taste anything like what came out of the bottle.

Singani sits somewhere in the middle.  If Singani is drunk as a cocktail, particularly a large one, clean odor-free ice can be used, as the taste of the drink is shared with other ingredients, and the spirit sits in a marriage with it all.

However, if the drink is mostly Singani, it is far better if the ingredients are pre-chilled and no ice is used.  And here is a bit of advice, never pour a Singani on the rocks.  Chill it if you like, but no rocks.  You wouldn't do that anymore than you would toss ice cubes into a glass of cabernet sauvignon.  It is not going to taste right.

We talk more about how to drink Singani straight in FUN / Singani way.

If you must use ice

The ice should be made from distilled water that has not come into contact with air nor carries any air in suspension.  The water should be from glass containers as plastic containers outgas plasticizer solvents into their contents causing unwanted odors.  The water should be flash frozen away from air contact, and stored in inert sealed containers to keep the ice from absorbing odors from the freezer it is held in.  Remember that any odor in the ice will end up in your drink where it will be magnified when the ethanol draws it out into your nose.