Nobody wants a watered down drink, but ice inevitably melts after a while, causing cocktails to change their flavor. The solution? Cubes created with an infusion of booze and other unique and creative ingredients, which become part of the drink and bring out some of the base flavors. Here are 4 cocktails made with infused ice cubes to try now.
Eclipsed By None at The Bar at The Spectator Hotel
At The Spectator Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, this cocktail is made with mezcal, yellow chartreuse, Licor 43, pineaple and fresh lime juice and features a frozen ice sphere made with Milagro Silver Tequila, Ancho Reyes Liqueur, Highwire Southern Amaro, blackberry puree, Giffard Creme de Mure, a pinch of cayenne pepper and fresh pomegranate and lime juice. As the ice melts into the drinks citrusy base, it lends a dark, earthy flavor with refreshing hint of spice.
The Bar at The Spectator Hotel, 67 State St., Charleston, SC 29401; 843-724-4326; www.thespectatorhotel.com/the-bar; @spectatorhotel
Spanish Gin Tonic at Del Frisco’s Grille
At Del Frisco’s Grille, the Spanish Gin Tonic is a blend of gin, apple cardamom shrub and tonic water – with a seriously impressive ice cube. Made with filtered water, juniper berries and cardamom pods, as the botanical cube melts, the herbal and spicy cardamom enhances the expert mix of small batch gin, apple cardamom shrub and tonic, for lasting refreshment.
Multiple locations nationwide; www.delfriscosgrille.com; @dfgrille
Purple Rain at Belle’s Cocktail House
Made with just crème de violette and champagne, the infused cube in the Purple Rain at Belle’s Cocktail House in Lexington gives off a delicate scent and adds a sweet yet earthy taste as it melts into the base cocktail, a blend of vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, crème de violette and brut champagne.
156 Market St., Lexington, KY 40508; www.bellesbar.com; @bellescocktailhouse
Garden Elixir at Kitty O’Sheas
The whiskey soda gets a boost at Hilton Chicago,where the Garden Elixir – made with white whiskey, soda, tonic and edible botanicals – features specially crafted botanical and green tea-infused ice sphere. To make the cube, green tea is steeped with agave and honey anf frozen along with edible botanicals to complement the cocktail.
720 S.Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605 (at the Hilton Chicago); 312-294-6860; @kittyosheaschicago
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