Wintersmiths IC-S Ice Chest - Crystal-Clear Ice Ball Maker
|Material||Durable BPA-free plastic, silicone, and EPE foam|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||13.88 x 5.25 x 7.63 inches|
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- Large size and shape of ice keeps drinks colder, longer, and with less dilution
- Removing air bubbles from the ice eliminates the risk of it breaking up in your drink
- Built-to-last using durable food-grade materials
- Made in the USA.
- Measures approximately 7 3/8"H x 4 7/8"W x 13 3/8"L
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The easiest way to make four large crystal-clear slow-melting ice spheres (2.36" diameter) or cubes (sold separately at Wintersmiths.com) for cocktails in your home freezer with tap water. Perfect for whiskey, scotch, rum, tequila, mixed and non-alcoholic drinks. The patent-pending design employs directional-freezing to remove and isolate air bubbles and impurities allowing you to extract four clear ice balls or cubes for your drink. Made out of durable BPA-free plastic, FDA approved food-grade silicone, and EPE foam.
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An elevated experience
Perfect with any drink
Built-to-last with durable food-grade materials
Why go through all the trouble concocting the perfect drink only to tarnish it with imperfect ice?
Describe your product in 3 words.
Slow-melting, crystal-clear ice.
How did you come up with the idea for this product?
While traveling in Tokyo I enjoyed a whisky at a bar in Ebisu. It was served with a perfectly clear ice ball from a very expensive ice press that could only make one at a time and required that you started with a large clear ice block. We knew there must be a more efficient way to deliver this amazing experience at home- and so Wintersmiths was born.
What makes your product special?
Now anyone can easily make restaurant-quality large format cocktail ice in their home freezer with ordinary tap water with the Wintersmiths Ice Chest.
What has been the best part of your startup experience?
Discovering a great community of people -- who (like us) had been frustrated with the current products on the market and were struggling to create their own DIY solutions -- and working together to help solve a problem has been truly rewarding.
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Cons: Tricky usage, takes some extra time, price is a bit much to ask
So, once you figure this thing out, you'll enjoy it. However, it took me four days before I figured out what the heck to do. 16 or so deformed ice balls later I had some real success. Once you figure it out, they are definitely sexy looking additions to a nice clear/crystal glask and some deep amber beverages inside.
-Cold water is fine (In-fact I believe the hot might have attributed to some of my frustrations with how it froze)
-Use purified water, like one of those PUR pitchers if you can
-Slide the halves in one at a time. Yes it's a bit more difficult, but it ensures NO air bubbles
-Fill them up enough so that the top groves/half-moons are ALL generally full
-Wait at LEAST 24 hours, I generally did 26-28 (Product does say no more than 30 FYI)
That's it, hopefully you can follow those tips and make some perfect whiskey additions at the very first go! Cheers, and drink on.
P.S. I have NO experience with the cube molds, only sphere (see pictures)
EDIT 2: Received replacement. Works just fine but would still recommend not habitually leaving the chest in the freezer for too long past the freezing point.
Mixed emotions on this one. Absolutely perfect spheres, 'water diamonds', can't-even-see-the-ice-in-the-glass-it's-so-damn-clear.... until you leave the chest in the freezer over 30 hours once (36 hours for me). The chest itself has expanded and deformed and holds more water, and the tops of the spheres never form now (see picture) because water goes to the side of the chest instead of the spheres mold now. I've tried plenty of work-arounds, but nothing has worked so far. Will update if I get something working.
Overall: great product, hands down. But be ready to set an alarm clock every time for 30 hours in the future, cause if you get busy and leave it in there too long even once, your clear ice is gone.
The unit is easy to use and creates perfect spheres every time. Just fill it, freeze it for 24-48hrs and you have 4 spheres at your ready. I make them and bag them for future usage, but always have some on hand.
The spheres seem to last longer as well within a beverage too and they just look ascetically pleasing as well as refreshing!
Company offered me a replacement try that I never received. So I purchased on on their site along with a square cube insert. Worked well for a while now in back to frozen water all over my freezer. We will see if the company will actually send me one or more plastic trays so I can keep replacing them.
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I tried cold water to reduce the freezing time because it takes a full 24 hours in your refrigerator freezer.
About 16 hours in a deep freeze chest.
It did freeze faster with cold water but the balls were slightly cloudy.
Use hot water.
Don't open it until they are ready or the balls will come out malformed.
You can tell they are ready when the form halves start to push their way up and out of the tray.
Leaving it too long will not harm the balls but it makes reloading the unit a much slower process while you wait for the bottom section of the unit to thaw out.
Pour the whiskey over the ball very slowly.
Just dribble the whiskey over the ball.
Or .... let the ball sit for a few minutes in the glass before pouring.
If you just pour it normally, the whiskey will warm up the ice-ball too quickly and it will break in half.
Then it doesn't look nice anymore.
Even if you keep your whiskey in the refrigerator the temperature difference will still crack the ball in half.
The trick is to pour slowly, just dribble it into the glass.
You'll figure it out if you get one.
These things have gone way, way, WAY up in price.
I thought it was an expensive extravagance when I bought mine for under $60.
At almost $200 it's just plain silly.
It's nothing but styrofoam insulation, a plastic tray and two silicone forms.