By Alison Bailin Batz
One of the hottest mixology trends has never been so cool: adding an artistic element to cocktails with carved, creative ice cubes. Here are 11 varieties of cube-focused creations – take your pick to experience the art of cool.
Fritz’s Smoking Gun
Market Street Kitchen
This smoky whiskey punch serves four and combines a whiskey blend, smoked mushroom syrup, rhubarb amaro, citrus and tea. The icy piece de resistance is hickory-smoked water frozen with charred cherrywood inside. $24. www.marketstreetkitchen.com.
Rum, lime juice, passion fruit puree, and honey syrup form this fruit-forward cocktail. It’s poured over a small piece of dry ice and garnished with a fresh orchid flower to create a frosty smoke show tableside. $13. www.thephoenician.com.
Barrel Aged Cranberry Manhattan
Quiessence at The Farm
A traditional Manhattan made with Copper City Bourbon, it’s sous vide – vacuum-sealed to infuse flavor – with mesquite wood and cranberry syrup then poured into a smoked glass with an artisanal ice sphere. $14. www.qatthefarm.com.
Say No More Mon Amour
Stock & Stable
Bombay Dry Gin, lavender-infused honey, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice are combined and then poured over a handmade lavender-infused king cube. $14. www.stockandstable.com.
Classic Martini with Handcarved Ice
Bitter & Twisted
From spheres to cones, all ice used in the cocktail program at Bitter & Twisted is housemade and handcarved. Try the ice in a classic martini to start, then taste your way around the menu. $11. www.bitterandtwistedaz.com.
St. George Botanivore Gin, Don Ciccio & Figli Fennel Liqueur, Dolin Rouge Vermouth de Chambery, Campari, and a surprising addition of kumquat oil make up this stunner. The kicker – it has ice blocks with actual kumquat and flowers inside! $11. www.tuckinphx.com.
Mango Elderflower Snow Cone Margarita
Return to your childhood with this adult snow cone. Made with Don Julio Blanco, St-Germain, triple sec, mango, and sweet and sour, it’s served over a sphere of shaved ice. $11. www.diegopops.com.
This is the perfect pick-me-up, featuring vanilla vodka, Irish cream liqueur, cold-brew coffee, and for an added kick … an ice cube made from cold brew. $12. www.themontaukaz.com.
Buttered Rum Punch
Brown butter agricole rum, Giffard Banane du Bresil Liqueur, clarified buttermilk, Lillet Blanc white wine, and carved ice combine for this punch. In addition, an ice ball that’s pressed tableside can be added to any cocktail for $3, with $1 of each purchase benefiting a local charity. $13. www.thegladly.com.
Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse
This mezcal-based cocktail features a mix of ginger liqueur, lime juice, strawberry, and basil, and it’s served with a housemade strawberry ice bar. $13. www.handcutchophouse.com.
Served with a custom-made sphere of ice and a side of Fig Newtons, this rye cocktail has fig compote, sage liqueur, and caramel maple syrup inside. $10.