AMERICANS ARE fanatical about ice. A survey launched final month by the equipment firm Bosch discovered that greater than half of us think about ourselves “obsessed” with the stuff, consuming greater than 400 kilos, on common, in drinks a yr.
Camper English, a self-proclaimed “ice guru,” definitely qualifies as obsessed. The San Francisco cocktail author and writer of the favored “Alcademics” cocktail weblog has helped gasoline a motion with a single-minded, glistening agenda: guaranteeing that anybody could make cocktail-bar-quality ice at residence.
As Mr. English found in over 15 elaborate checks over the span of 18 years, making massive ice is straightforward. Making clear ice isn’t. He has tried—and debunked—common web ice-making theories on attaining the much-coveted readability. He froze distilled water. He boiled after which reboiled water from the faucet earlier than pouring it into molds. “I tried ridiculous experiments, like using carbonated water,” mentioned Mr. English. “Which didn’t have a good chance of being the solution.” (It wasn’t.)
Eventually, he learn Mariana Gosnell’s 2007 e-book, (*5*) and in 2009, realized he might replicate the best way a pond froze from the highest down utilizing a small Igloo cooler stashed in his freezer. It labored, finally inspiring a wide range of merchandise that apply the top-down freezing precept, however on a smaller scale. While Mr. English himself by no means managed to commoditize his breakthrough, he continues to seek the advice of and converse on the subject.
Here, 5 methods to maintain your cool—for those that love munching on ice and others like Mr. English who search true translucency.