Gadgets for lushes

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DMancini
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I love gadgets and I love booze. What are some of your favorite gadgets?

This is real high on my list. Anyone have one or used one? http://perlagesystems-accessories.com/p ... rsion.html

Also if anyone has a lead on a decent ice shaver for home use I would be pretty interested in hearing what you've got.
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If I had extra money laying around, I'd totally buy a Cloud Pour from Chillistick. 118 Pounds is a bit much for a one trick pony. If I end up using it for a pop-up, maaaybe.

http://www.chillistick.com/all-products ... y-ice.html
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If I had an extra £650 laying around:

http://shop.themacallan.com/ice-ball-maker
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GoBlue18 wrote:If I had an extra £650 laying around:

http://shop.themacallan.com/ice-ball-maker
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Agreed! But bartender at The Gladly told me about these (much cheaper...and a 55mm one cheaper still!):

http://www.cocktailkingdom.com/70mm-ice-ball-maker-371
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Thanks Barbara.....the Gladly is where I fell in love with this thing and that link has me thinking its time to pull the trigger. The guys at the gladly refer to it as "sushi grade" ice which sounds odd...but anyone know where I can acquire top notch ice for use in this thing?
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BarbaraToombs wrote:
GoBlue18 wrote:If I had an extra £650 laying around:

http://shop.themacallan.com/ice-ball-maker
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Agreed! But bartender at The Gladly told me about these (much cheaper...and a 55mm one cheaper still!):

http://www.cocktailkingdom.com/70mm-ice-ball-maker-371

Good to know there is a value option. But I believe the original link is for a product made out of copper (vs. aluminum). If I'm going to drop that kind of coin, then might as well go big [emoji3]
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J Live wrote:Thanks Barbara.....the Gladly is where I fell in love with this thing and that link has me thinking its time to pull the trigger. The guys at the gladly refer to it as "sushi grade" ice which sounds odd...but anyone know where I can acquire top notch ice for use in this thing?
The Gladly people assured me I could buy the sushi-grade ice from them.

Do I really need a copper ice-ball maker? No. Whatever makes a ball that won't melt quickly.
But reallly...while crystal-clear ice is totally cool....I'd be happy with a perfect sphere in my glass of bourbon. :)
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I'm too lazy to make crystal clear ice (I haven't ordered the ice ball at The Gladly but I saw someone order one once and have coveted them regularly ever since -- I want ALL my ice to look like that ALWAYS; heh) but just in terms of shape and practicality I have been perfectly happy with my Tovolo ice sphere molds. I got them at Cost Plus World Market for around $10 but you can get 'em from Amazon, etc. True they're not PERFECTLY spherical; there's one little projection because of the hole in the lid. But if you put it in your glass with that pointing at the bottom you'll never even notice. :)

I do still need to treat myself to a perfect one at The Gladly or elsewhere one of these days, but for home use the Tovolo ones do a great job.
http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-Sphere-Ice ... B007ACTN54
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If you want the best in clear ice ball technology, I think the Wintersmith's system is the best, albeit a bit pricey.
Check it out: http://www.wintersmiths.com/pages/clear-ice-101

Here's the more budget, homemade version:
http://www.alcademics.com/2014/09/make- ... -mugs.html
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Bax wrote:...but for home use the Tovolo ones do a great job.
http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-Sphere-Ice ... B007ACTN54
Exactly what I have! They work very well...just not clear ice, of course! But I still would love one of those "instant" ice ball makers...coolness factor and all, y'know! :)
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Bax wrote:I'm too lazy to make crystal clear ice (I haven't ordered the ice ball at The Gladly but I saw someone order one once and have coveted them regularly ever since -- I want ALL my ice to look like that ALWAYS; heh) but just in terms of shape and practicality I have been perfectly happy with my Tovolo ice sphere molds. I got them at Cost Plus World Market for around $10 but you can get 'em from Amazon, etc. True they're not PERFECTLY spherical; there's one little projection because of the hole in the lid. But if you put it in your glass with that pointing at the bottom you'll never even notice. :)

I do still need to treat myself to a perfect one at The Gladly or elsewhere one of these days, but for home use the Tovolo ones do a great job.
http://www.amazon.com/Tovolo-Sphere-Ice ... B007ACTN54
I have the Tovolo ones and they get the job done but I find the plastic so rigid that it's always a pain in the butt to actually get the ice sphere out. We just started using the big block ones in drinks instead. Little less cool, but same effect, and the pliable silicon type molds that are easy to pop the blocks out of: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CFL ... detailpage. For us it's about finding the path of least resistance when it comes to making cocktails :D

The actual sphere machine would be cool but so impractical!
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GoBlue18 wrote:
BarbaraToombs wrote:
GoBlue18 wrote:If I had an extra £650 laying around:

http://shop.themacallan.com/ice-ball-maker
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Agreed! But bartender at The Gladly told me about these (much cheaper...and a 55mm one cheaper still!):

http://www.cocktailkingdom.com/70mm-ice-ball-maker-371

Good to know there is a value option. But I believe the original link is for a product made out of copper (vs. aluminum). If I'm going to drop that kind of coin, then might as well go big [emoji3]
I want to know why somebody hasn't developed the $100 version and cornered the market. So long as the thing isn't made of solid copper (why?!), I can't imagine what makes these things so expensive. The margins must be ridiculous.
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Skillet Doux wrote: I want to know why somebody hasn't developed the $100 version and cornered the market. So long as the thing isn't made of solid copper (why?!), I can't imagine what makes these things so expensive. The margins must be ridiculous.


Sounds like a kickstarter waiting to happen. If you could find a larger market and produce in greater quantity you could certainly bring down your production cost and protect nice margins even at a lower price.

Maybe there are more of them out there and I haven't been paying attention but I've only seen these at two places locally. I love having conversation starting gadgets like this for parties. Getting the good ice is something I need to research first however.
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Skillet Doux wrote: I want to know why somebody hasn't developed the $100 version and cornered the market. So long as the thing isn't made of solid copper (why?!), I can't imagine what makes these things so expensive. The margins must be ridiculous.
The 55mm version from Cocktail Kingdom is $149. I'm very happy single serving silicon sphere molds (64mm) that cost about $5 each. I have a few hard plastic sets (like the Maker's Mark kit) but it's harder to get the spheres to unmold from the plastic than it is from the silicon.
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BillBuitenhuys wrote:
I have a few hard plastic sets (like the Maker's Mark kit) but it's harder to get the spheres to unmold from the plastic than it is from the silicon.
I had a couple of those sets but they ended up breaking when I tried to force them open. The silicone ones work much better.

OTOH, I'd really prefer to just get a delivery every week from someone like this...http://hundredweightice.com/.
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I need to unsee this thread.... $$$$ :)

Interested in the Wintersmith's system now.

I've used the Tovolo ice sphere molds but making & storing them seems to be more hassle than just using the 2 in & 2.5 in trays. I fill those with hot water to get rid of some of the cloudiness & just keep them in the mold until I pop them out singly per use. Then just refill open spots as needed. Best result/effort ratio for me.

The book Liquid Intelligence also has a nice section on ice and freezing a big block in an ice chest & cutting your own ice blocks. Seems similar to what the Wintersmith folks do without special equipment.
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Agitation is one of the best ways to get clear ice. That is what ice sculptors use on those giant sculptures you find on cruise ships and Bar-Mitzvas from the nineties. I know that the Ice King has the equipment to do large blocks with agitation. I'm really angling for them to do a delivery service for large cubes and small crystal clear blocks. Or at least have large cubes available at a few of the stores around town.
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azhotdish wrote:OTOH, I'd really prefer to just get a delivery every week from someone like this...http://hundredweightice.com/.
OMG...YES!!!!!!! :D