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Best frozen water


If you think ice doesn’t make a difference in a cocktail then you haven’t been to any of the 50-some bars that buy rocks from husband-and-wife duo Rosanna Lloyd and Kimpton Hotels’ manager of bar education, Mike Ryan. Available in several varieties—cubes, blocks, globes, and custom shapes—it’s so diamond clear you can read a book through it. With the help of five Clinebell ice-block makers and a bandsaw, they’re carving up some two and a half tons of ice for bars and bar-restaurants like Lost Lake, Sable, and Drumbar. If you’re willing to meet a minimum delivery requirement or pick it up yourself, you can buy it too.

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