I have had an obsession with perfectly spherical balls for over 3 years now. I don’t recall where I first read about the primary benefit of a spherical ice ball, but ever since then, I can’t get them out of my mind. Basically, the sphere’s surface area causes it to melt more slowly in alcohol which makes it the ideal shape for drinks on the rocks. Maximum chill, minimum dilution.
Unfortunately, at the time, I could not find anything designed to make spherical ice balls. Then, a trip to Daniel’s in New York about 18 months ago was the first time I got to experience a spherical ball in a cocktail. I couldn’t say if my drink tasted better, longer because of it, but the detail did not go unnoticed.
Last year, Macallan introduced an incredible, branded ice ball maker that sells for $1,000+, but being more of a bourbon guy than a Scotch guy, I’d feel weird making a Macallan ball for my Rowan’s Creek on the rocks.
Flash forward to earlier this week: Josh Premuda blogged about a silicone ice ball maker sold at an airport shop in the JetBlue terminal in JFK. The company is Muji, and their product sells for just $11.95. Since I was in New York for Market, and flying JetBlue, I could not wait to leave so I could finally enjoy spherical balls in the comfort of my own home.
I passed through airport security, and my heart started racing as I saw the Muji store. I walked up to the counter and asked for 6 balls. The cashier said there was only 1 left. We scoured the store, but alas, it was not meant to be. She gave me a 10% discount since it was the display model meaning my ball was probably fondled by thousands of shoppers.
I’ll probably make my first one tomorrow, so I regret that this will not be the last time you hear about my ball.