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Shape of ice

Do you care about the shape of your ice for your cold beverages?

I hadn't really given this much thought until today when I was asked this very question.

"Would you prefer cubed, crushed, nuggets, diced, crescent, or gourmet?"

I asked for crushed for my Root Beer.

But I suppose my answer would change depending on the beverage.

Liquor - gourmet
Soda - crushed or diced
Tea- cubed
Coffee - cubed

You? Are you particular about your ice?

More importantly, have you ever asked for a particular shape of ice for your beverage?

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  1. Absolutely. Shaved for a quick, cold melt in a martini up, crushed in a mojito or mint julep, one cube in a peaty scotch.

    1. I DO care about the shape of the ice in my cold beverage. I haven't been to any place that has given me options but I'll tell you what I DON'T want....crescent shaped ice.

      The kind that so many home refrigerators make.

      The kind that whose curve fits perfectly with the curve of my glass and blocks the drink from entering my mouth.

      The kind that plays mean tricks and directs the liquid to the sides so that it dribbles down the sides of my chin and all down the front of my shirt.

      Curse you crescent shaped ice!

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      1. re: seamunky

        a perfect time to use an old fashioned mustache cup............
        It holds the ice back and lets the cold liquid through

        1. re: bagelman01

          I just saw my first mustache cup at a Victorian museum tour this summer! What a grand idea!

          1. re: bagelman01

            I had to look it up. Very cool. Makes me wish I could grow a moustache. (Chowhound's spellcheck doesn't like that spelling of mustache but that's how I learned it and I'm sticking to it!)

            1. re: seamunky

              Your spelling is traditional British English. It's been dumbed down over time.

              1. re: bagelman01

                And I must confess to dumbing down the Brits' method of drinking gin - by adding plenty of ice cubes and every pickled fruit or veggie that's known to man!

              2. re: seamunky

                "(Chowhound's spellcheck"

                Chowhound has a spellcheck? how did I not know this?

            2. Ipse, it's hard to top a non-kosher bar mitzvah festival - just spot the towering ice sculpture and behold, you'll find the biggest shrimp in town. And other goodies!

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              1. re: Veggo

                LOL! Reminds me of the time I brought shrimp salad to a seder. Oy vey!

              2. i remember loving a certain type of ice served at a local grill. It had the appearance of being forced through a straw. It was cylindrical in shape and the pieces were a quarter inch or so long. the texture was almost flaky and had the mouth feel when crunched. Those were the BEST cokes.

                I can't say I am particular now although I do yearn for that straw ice. I general don't take ice in beverages except cocktails or fountain sodas.

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