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Seeking super hard ice

SecretAsianMan Apr 5, 2010 03:34 PM

I'm on the look out to buy a block of super hard ice for drinks. I know that good bars use this kind of ice for their chilled drinks, but wonder if its available retail somewhere.

Any ideas?

Secret Asian Man

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    Jelly71 Apr 6, 2010 03:30 PM

    now i want to know where one would buy soft ice.

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    1. re: Jelly71
      monku Apr 6, 2010 07:22 PM

      Soft ice would be "pellet" or "nugget" ice.
      The "softness" of the ice is in the way the ice is made-it's kind of chewable and breaks apart easily.
      You've probably had it and didn't realize it. You can't really buy it, it's made by a pellet or nugget ice machine, a place like Sonic would have it.

    2. yinyangdi Apr 6, 2010 01:24 PM

      “Névé's dense cubes melt more slowly than traditional ice cubes and come in a variety of shapes: perfect cubes, tall cylinders and golf-ball-size spheres. There are even specially designed square cubes that won't crack or explode when worked vigorously in a cocktail shaker, ensuring the purest martini possible.”
      http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/la/790/Elevate_your_cocktails_with_custom-made_cubes.htm

      http://www.neveice.com/products.php

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      1. re: yinyangdi
        SIMIHOUND Apr 6, 2010 01:42 PM

        Union Ice. Various locations around LA.

        1. re: yinyangdi
          SecretAsianMan Apr 10, 2010 06:08 PM

          Super! Thank you!

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          yrpoison Apr 5, 2010 06:08 PM

          Not entirely sure they still stock it, but Bar Keeper in Silverlake was carrying a specialty line of ice for cocktails. Different shapes, purified water, frozen "hard." Might be worth ringing them up to see if they still have it:

          http://www.barkeepersilverlake.com/
          323-669-1675
          3910 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, CA 90029

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          Bar Keeper
          3910 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

          1. monku Apr 5, 2010 05:59 PM

            Don't know if what you're looking for is "block" ice, but you can get it at Smart & Final....block or cube.

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