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Ice in Your Beverage?

Maybe the middle of a cold snap across much of the country is the wrong time to ask this question, but I was prompted by the discussion of butter on breads.

For me some beverages should always be served in a glass with ice. Ice Tea (duhh), Lemonade, Soft drinks (soda/pop), and Fruit Juice (including Orange Juice.) Water in a glass with ice please, from a bottle not so practical unless it was previously frozen.

Not Milk, never ever. Don't know why but the idea of ice in Milk just skeeves me out. I don't know where that leaves me on the Pepsi & Milk issue. I've never had it. I think soda trumps milk and i would want ice, but I'm not sure.

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  1. Whiskey, wine, beer and coffee should never get ice. I don't really drink milk, but if I did, it would probably belong in this category.

    Otherwise, I'm mostly ambivalent about having ice in my beverage. If the water, soda, iced tea, juice is cold to begin with, I will easily forego ice. If the beverage is room temperature or warmer, and the ice is easily available, I'll use ice. If I have to take too many steps to procure ice, I'll go without...

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    1. re: MonMauler

      Some alcoholic beverages 'on the rocks', especially mixed drinks, don't bother me. But beer served with a tumbler of ice always surprises me.

      1. re: KaimukiMan

        I've never seen beer served with ice! I had no idea that was even a thing!

        1. re: Violatp

          When my mom bartended in Hawaii 40 years ago, some of the sailors that would come in to the bar would ask for beer over ice.

            1. re: PotatoHouse

              Yeh, lived in Asia a while and iced beer is relatively common to cool things off. Ice is more common than chilled storage.

            2. re: Violatp

              I have encountered two people in my bartending life (20+ years ago) that liked their beer over ice.

          1. re: MonMauler

            I don't like whiskey, and I don't like beer or wine so I'm safe there. But I must have my rum and coke with ice. Better still is a nice slushy daquiri, double shot please.

            1. re: Nayners

              I'll mostly agree when it comes to rum.

              When I drink straight rum, I drink it neat. This pretty much holds for any straight liquor. If I drink it straight, then I drink it neat. I mention whiskey alone in my initial post because I don't mix whiskey with anything, and it never gets ice.

              However, when I drink rum with a mixer (rum and diet is my go-to) I'll drink it with ice. Painkillers always have ice, as do mojitos. I'll further agree that daquiri-like beverages should be slushy.

            2. re: MonMauler

              I like an ice cube in my white wine.

              In anything else, never

            3. Agreed. Although I'm perfectly cool--so to speak--with uniced fruit juice, as long as it's cold. And I agree with MonMauler about the ban against ice in those alcoholic beverages. Ice in whiskey is a particularly egregious sin.

              1. For me there are hot drinks and room temperature drinks. I really don't like ice cold juice or Beer or Soda. Except for Champagne, which needs to be chilled.

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                1. re: RUK

                  I don't mind ice in some of my drinks, but I only want a little - otherwise, the ice gets in the way of my liquid.

                  Ice in milk? YUCK! Ice in wine? Double YUCK, and add in "sin" there too. ;)

                2. Seems the older I get, the less ice I want.

                  1. Fruit juice should be chilled in the fridge, but never served with ice. If you're going to put ice in my juice, you might as well go all they way and make a dam smoothie, which I hate.

                    I don't drink milk, but if I did, no ice.

                    Once in a while I will ask for my scotch to be on the rocks, esp. if I know the place makes solid cubes of ice; otherwise, I like my hard liquor neat.

                    1. If a soft drink, juice, ade, etc., is cold from the refrigerator to start with, then I can take or leave ice. If it is warm, then I use ice. Ice in wine, no. Ice in milk, a big yes, especially in the summer. I think the ice in milk thing has to do with the fattiness. It kind of "cuts" it, if you know what I mean.

                      When it comes to cocktails, then ice when it is prescribed. Otherwise, chilled and up.

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                      1. re: ttoommyy

                        Never realized "ice in wine" was even an option.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          "In milk? weird, but I'm past the age of drinking milk, "

                          I'm 51. At what age will I be past "the age of drinking milk?"

                          1. re: ttoommyy

                            Sorry, guess it's just personal taste, I haven't had milk as a drink since I was a child, I do love cheese & yogurt...not a judgment, just an observation on my drinking habits...

                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              I'm 45 and still drink milk with cheese and crackers, chocolate cake, and chocolate chip cookies straight outta the oven. Nothing else will do with those items.

                            2. re: ipsedixit

                              It's an option in that people ask for it and servers give it to them. I grew up among people who did this and later in life waited on many a table where the customer asked for a glass of ice with their glass of wine.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                an option for me when it is really hot and the wine is really cheap.

                            3. No ice in scotch whisky. Fino sherry should be served chilled, but not with ice.

                              1. I love ice in beverages & having ice always available is one of life's small, but extremely satisfying luxuries to me (I am also a dentist's nightmare-an ice cruncher). In milk? weird, but I'm past the age of drinking milk, & I would allow it in beer if you had to buy it unrefrigerated, & really wanted to drink a glass right away.

                                1. Got to go with the majority here.

                                  Ice in soda, water, lemonade is a must.

                                  Fruit juice should be chilled and served without ice. I don't drink milk, but I think it would be in this same category.

                                  No ice with beer or wine (like others, I've never heard of/seen ice in beer, though I have sadly seen it in wine). I prefer martinis shaken on ice, but served without it. And if you dared try to sneak an ice cube anywhere near my Jameson's, be prepared for the consequences.

                                  1. I put ice in everything, except milk. I like my milk really cold so I put a glass of milk in the freezer for a few minutes before I consume it. It doesn't matter if it's going in a bowl of cereal or if I'm going to drink it with a piece of chocolate cake. I do not put ice in my milk simply because it dilutes it, and it doesn't look so good either.

                                    1. I rarely put ice in anything; iced tea/coffee, lemonade and cocktails are probably the only exception to that rule (oh, and regular water, if it's not cold from the fridge). I hate ice in carbonated beverages (waters them down and makes them flat) and I would never put ice in juice, milk or wine. I do prefer carbonated beverages, juices, beer and water straight from a cold fridge, though.

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                                      1. re: biondanonima

                                        We so seldom use ice that when we invite friends over, I have to remind myself to set the ice maker on the freezer. That's also why I opted not to have water/ice in the 'fridge external door--just a waste for us. Water is at room temp, sodas are chilled. Booze is room temp.

                                      2. Ice tea - I don't like it

                                        Lemonade - yes

                                        Soft drinks - My fav is Coke in a glass bottle, no ice, like it right from the bottle, very cold.

                                        Fruit juice - no ice.

                                        Wate - tap water with ice, ok. Mineral water, no ice.

                                        Milk - I don't drink milk.

                                        If I do have a bit of whiskey or scotch, a cube or two is an nice addition. I like the evolution of melting ice/wate and booze.

                                        1. Milk with ice is sublime when you add scotch.

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                                          1. re: knucklesandwich

                                            sounds odd, but i have to admit to a fondness for Bailey's on the rocks . . .

                                            Interesting when I started this thread I never even considered adult beverages, but clearly an important segment of beverages.

                                            I was pretty sure I was in the minority when it came to liking ice in fruit juice. Probably because that is how I was raised. I love the contrast of the sweet stickiness of the fruit juice and the cold clean kiss of ice on my lips.

                                          2. Water, tea, sodas, sure. I used to get ice in my milk when i was a kid because i wanted it cold and stirred it down when it came time to drink it. I wouldn't do it today, though.

                                            I love a good iced latte, I have to admit- I live in the desert southwest US, and it seems so much better than a hot latte when it's going to be 100 or better out. But then I'll get one when it's cold out, too. I guess i'm just geared toward cold drinks.

                                            1. Rarely. I drink most beverages at room temperature, always have. I have no idea why but I just can't tolerate the cold drinks. It could be that I am always cold...I am used to the stares now when I ask for drinks with no ice or request a warm soda at a restaurant.

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                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                We must be related! ;-) did you see my response above?
                                                I do the same in restaurants.

                                                1. re: RUK

                                                  Indeed, I think there are very few of us...pass a warm hard cider!

                                              2. A little OT, but how MUCH ice in your glass of whatever? I ALWAYS fill the glass completely with ice before pouring in teac, soda, whatever.

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                                                1. re: kseiverd

                                                  For me at least 3/4 full, depending on the cubes. If it is those half moons from the automatic ice maker then 3/4 is enough as they tend to pack rather densely in the glass. With old fashioned rectangular cubes close to a full glass. The mini rectangles that come out of an ice machine or that you buy in a bag from the store, again about 3/4 of a glass.