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Ice-O-Matic Nugget Ice Machine and Kold Draft Classic Cube Machine are the Top Choice for Nationally Renowned Cocktail Consultant Julie Reiner

Knowing the importance of presentation, Julie Reiner chooses only the best ice machines to use for her signature cocktails.  The Ice-O-Matic Nugget Ice Machine is elegantly suited for Swizzle drinks and Trader Vic’s 1944 Mai Tai and Kold Draft’s Large Square Classic Cube machine is the perfect match for Santana’s Sour and for properly shaking the swizzle drinks.

Read Julie Reiner’s bio here.

Contact ICEsurance today to inquire about purchasing or leasing ice equipment for your business 800-999-5616.

5 Drinks That Shine With Crushed Ice

When developing your drink menu, you are probably well aware of the classic mixed drinks containing cubed ice, but are you equally attentive to the variety of drinks that take advantage of crushed ice? From basic cocktails to frozen drinks, crushed ice can add an extra flare and diversity to your drink menu. It can also add individuality to your already popular drinks, or even create new favorites. Here are five popular crushed ice cocktails you may want to add to your existing drink menu.

Berries ‘N Cream Cocktail

This berries ‘n cream cocktail is a versatile frozen drink. Whatever your favorite fruit, you can adjust the recipe to suit your taste. Try substituting standard berries with unique flavors like kiwi or pomegranate.

  • ½ oz spiced rum
  • ¾ oz wild berry schnapps
  • 3 oz of your favorite frozen daiquiri mix
  • 2 tbs of your favorite berries or fruit
  • 2 oz cream
  • 16 oz crushed ice

Start by pouring all of the ingredients listed into a blender filled with the crushed ice. Blend until you reach desired consistency and serve in a large hurricane glass or multiple cocktail glasses. For that extra touch, garnish the drink with the appropriate fruit or berry.

Blue Polar Bear Cocktail

Looking for a unique shot recipe? This Blue Polar Bear recipe could be just the thing to liven up your gathering.

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part chilled peppermint schnapps
  • 1 tsp of crushed ice

Start by shaking the peppermint schnapps and vodka together, mixing thoroughly. Next, drop in the crushed ice, shake again lightly, and pour into a shot glass. The crushed ice adds a nice chilled effect that works well with the cool peppermint aftertaste.

The Classic Whiskey Smash Cocktail

This classic American cocktail allows bartenders to develop individuality within the recipe, so you are welcome to stray from the following when looking to find your taste:

  • 2 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • ¼ lemon, sliced into 2-4 pieces
  • 3-4 sprigs of spearmint

Start by adding the mint and lemon together in a mixing glass. Use a muddler to combine the two and release the juices and oils. Next, add the syrup and whiskey. Follow this up by adding ice and shaking for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass with crushed ice.

Scotch Mist

Usually served with cubed ice, a Scotch Mist can also be enjoyed on crushed ice. Try this simple recipe:

  • 2 oz Dewar’s or other scotch whiskey
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 twist lemon peel

Simply fill a rocks glass with crushed ice, pour in scotch, and add a twist of lemon peel.

Butter Cream Cocktail Recipe

For those Bailey’s Irish Cream fans, this recipe may suit your fancy.

  • 1 part butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 part Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 2 parts milk
  • 1 part crushed ice

Mix the schnapps with Bailey’s, pour milk over mixture, add crushed ice, let sit for one minute, and serve in a cocktail glass.

Whiskey and Cubed Ice: A Perfect Combination for the Holidays

When mixing up a whiskey cocktail, cubed ice is a classic choice. Whether you’re concocting a whiskey sour or simply serving whiskey straight up with a cube of ice, cubed ice works well with whiskey for a variety of reasons. For instance, since whiskey connoisseurs are often concerned with the color of their whiskey, cubed ice allows them to easily enjoy the rich colors of their drinks without the distortion that can be caused by other types of ice. In addition, cubed ice won’t melt too fast, so it allows whiskey drinkers to enjoy a stronger flavor.

As the holidays approach, consider adding one of these whiskey cocktails to your holiday tradition! Complete with cubed ice, these cocktails are sure to be a hit at your next Christmas party.

Whiskey-Cran-Apple Pie

This simple whiskey cocktail is a perfect combination of beloved holiday flavors and the smoky taste of whiskey.

  • Cubed ice
  • 1 ¼ parts of your favorite whiskey
  • ½ part red apple liqueur
  • 3 ½ parts Cran-Apple juice
  • Cranberries and lemon for garnish

Fill a highball glass with cubed ice and mix in the whiskey, red apple liqueur, and juice. Add a lemon wedge and cranberries for a festive garnish.

Pumpkin Whiskey Cocktail

Pumpkins are essential to many holiday traditions, so why not craft a cocktail bursting with the familiar flavor?

  • 1 part Kahlua Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 ½ parts of your preferred whiskey
  • A dash of ginger ale
  • Cubed ice

After placing a few pieces of cubed ice in your glass, mix together the whiskey and Kahlua. Add a splash of ginger ale to taste – if you prefer a weaker drink, add extra ginger ale.

Festive Whiskey Cocktail

This slightly spicy drink is an elegant option for a traditional Christmas party. The rich red color adds a festive flair!

  • 2 parts rye whiskey
  • ¾ parts red wine, such as Pinot Noir
  • ½ part black current liqueur
  • ½ part fresh lemon juice
  • Cubed ice
  • Lemon peel for garnish

In a shaker, mix together the whiskey, wine, black current liqueur, and lemon juice. Pour the concoction over cubed ice. Squeeze the lemon peel gently before adding it to the drink in order to release the flavor.

Santa’s Old Fashioned

This twist on the classic Old Fashioned will make a nice addition to your cocktail hour during the holiday season.

  • 2 sugar cubes
  • 4 dashes of bitters
  • 1 orange wheel
  • 1 lime wheel
  • 1 lemon wheel
  • ½ teaspoon of grenadine
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • ¼ cup rye whiskey
  • Cubed ice
  • Ginger ale
  • Club soda

Begin by placing your sugar cubes in a glass and sprinkling them with the bitters. Add the citrus wheels, grenadine, and cherry and then use a muddler to gently blend the flavors of the fruit. Mix in the whiskey and fill the glass with cubed ice. Stir thoroughly and then add splashes of ginger ale and club soda.

4 Incredible Cocktail Recipes to Make With Nugget Ice

Although nugget ice is the most versatile ice product available for bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, many bartenders underutilize the product. Nugget ice can really make your drinks shine! If you’re searching for some exciting drink options that you can use with nugget ice, try out the following recipes!

Mango Iced Tea

For a cool drink on a hot summer day, turn to this delicious mango iced tea. Iced tea becomes ubiquitous during the summer months, so a splash of mango spices things up.


-          1 cup of nugget ice

-          8 oz. of freshly brewed iced tea

-          1 oz. of your favorite mango syrup

-          ½ a lemon

-          A few chunks of pineapple

Mix your iced tea and mango syrup together thoroughly. Pour the mixture over your nugget ice, adding more ice if needed. Squeeze a dash of lemon into the drink, and then use the pineapple as garnish.

If a bartender wishes to add a splash of alcohol, try some spiced rum! Your customers will love this refreshing twist on standard iced tea.

Bourbon Mint Julep

A classic bourbon mint julep is always going to be a popular option for nugget ice. Nugget ice will look cool and enticing when mixed with mint and bourbon!


-          Mint leaves from 4-5 sprigs of mint

-          ½ oz. of simple syrup

-          2 ½ oz. of your favorite bourbon

-          A mint sprig for garnish

-          Plenty of nugget ice

Although this drink is simple, it is high impact! In a glass, muddle the mint and simple syrup to release the aroma and flavor of the fresh mint leaves. Pour the bourbon into the mixture and gently stir it in. Fill your glass with nugget ice and serve chilled!

Bonus tip: Try infusing your simple syrup with mint, to enhance this flavor in the drink.

Summer Fruit Smoothie

Many bartenders prefer using nugget ice in their blended drinks because it makes creamier smoothies. This fruity drink will hit the spot for patrons looking for a healthy but tasty option!


-          3 cups of chilled pineapple juice

-          2 ripe bananas

-          3 teaspoons of agave

-          Juice of ½ a lime

-          1 cup of nugget ice

-          Fresh strawberries for garnish

Add all of the ingredients except the strawberries to a blender and blend until smooth. Slice the strawberries and add as a garnish. Serve in a chilled glass!

Ginger-Whiskey Refresher

Although this drink is very simple, it is a perennial favorite with nugget ice. The clear amber appearance of the drink is highlighted by nugget ice.

-          8 oz. of your preferred ginger ale

-          1 ½ oz. of your favorite whiskey

-          Nugget ice

-          A dash of lime juice

Pour the ginger ale and whiskey over the nugget ice and stir gently. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice for added interest. Serve cold and enjoy the aesthetically pleasing look of nugget ice in your drink!