Most of us would be perfectly content using homemade ice cubes, but celebrities and other high rollers prefer to pay a hefty load to chill their cocktails. Made by California-based company Glace Luxury Ice Co., these ritzy cubes cost around $8 a pop, or $325 for a bag of 50.
Although frozen water is (mostly) free, these versions are super swanky. The 2.5 in. ice cubes are hand-carved from a 300 lb. purified block of ice, attributing to the high price tag. The water’s purity also creates completely clear cubes that have already been utilized in cocktails at LA Fashion Week and the Playboy Mansion.
Glace Luxury Ice Co. is all about quality ice for quality liquor, and it doesn’t get much more luxurious than their product. According to their website,
“Purified of minerals, additives and other pollutants that may contaminate the taste of premium spirits and drinks, Glace Ice pieces are meticulously crafted to deliver the finest complement to top shelf liquors.”
Aside from being quite chic, the decontaminated ice serves a legitimate health purpose, too:
“Traditional machine-ice, generally made with local tap water, may contain upwards of 150 impurities and carcinogens, resulting in poor tasting and potentially unhealthy ice.”
Glace Ice also comes in two different shapes — perfect spheres and traditional cubes. The company says the “Mariko” spheres are the “most mathematically efficient way to cool your drink” while also providing “minimum dilution and maximum cooling”. The ice is essentially tasteless, and they can keep from melting for about 30-40 minutes.
Sure you could settle for standard whiskey stones to avoid drink dilution, but there’s something about having your ice frozen from the inside out (to avoid gas bubbles) that’s way high class and badass. Now that Glace Ice is on the map, luxury ice will never be the same.