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Coffee Ice Cubes

Why dilute your drinks when iSi Orka ice cube trays make it so easy to make and store gourmet ice cubes? We always have a tray made from bloody mary mix (left), coffee (right) and tea. Glass above is Cin-Cin by Bodum. Photo by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KAREN HOCHMAN is Editorial Director of THE NIBBLE.

 

August 2006
Last Updated October 2010

Home Zone / Kitchenware / Gadgets

iSi Orka Ice Cube Trays

Make “Gourmet Ice Cubes” With The Ice Cube Trays We’ve Been Waiting For!

 

Overview

We’ve dreamed about ice cube trays like this...one that would enable us to make gourmet ice cubes (a.k.a. “designer ice cubes”) as we always have, but so much more easily. Let us explain.

There’s generic ice—the kind you make in ice cube trays that you fill from the kitchen sink...or that your refrigerator’s ice maker makes for you. For years, we’ve been making specialty cubes that don’t dilute (or pollute) our drinks, but we’ve had to make them in clumsy conventional ice cube trays.

Orka’s Press And Freeze Ice Cube Trays and Servers are what we’ve longed for. They’re color-coded so we know where the mineral water cubes are and can tell the iced tea cubes from the iced coffee cubes. They have snap-on lids that keep the cubes fresh, are meant to be “servers” (see the photo at the bottom of the page) and have “treads” so the serving “tray” doesn’t skid...but it also makes the tray units easier to stack. And the cubes pop out so easily. We tore out our ice maker and spent a happy hour filling up the 6 colors of trays with different “flavors” of ice.

Here’s what we did, but everyone will have a personal “drill.”

Ice Cube Trays For Connoisseur Cubes

How can you use your color-coded ice cube trays?

  • SPRING WATER CUBES. Today’s water connoisseurs won’t accept an ordinary ice cube even though they’d like to chill down their glass of Ferrarelle or Ramlosa. And, would you put a chlorinated-water cube into your $80 single-malt Scotch? The simple solution: make ice cubes from the same bottled water you’re serving. It will be frozen in three hours, so you can do it the day you’re expecting guests; but the beauty of the Orka system is that you can always keep a color-coded tray or two in the freezer.
  • Iced CoffeeICED TEA AND COFFEE CUBES. When we brew batches of iced tea and iced coffee, we make up cubes as well. And because we go through the cubes so quickly, we regularly pour the cold, leftover tea and coffee from our morning and evening pots of hot tea and coffee right into the ice cube trays.
    Freddo glass at right by Illy, available at IllyUSA.com.
  • UNDILUTED MARYs. We make ice cubes from tomato juice or vegetable juice that won’t dilute our Bloody Marys. Beef bouillon ice cubes create a “Beefy Mary.” Add shredded basil or dill to the cubes—it adds zing to your drink as the cubes defrost.
  • ICY CREATIVITY. Dieters can make club soda and diet drinks more festive by making ice cubes out of colored diet sodas. They add fun colors plus extra flavors. If you don’t want the flavors, make bright colored ice cubes with food color. Soda cubes work with sugar sodas too. If you love cherry soda, for example, you can make cherry soda cubes; but you also can make lime soda cubes and create a raspberry-lime “rickey.” Suddenly, you’re a mixologist.

Terrific Trays

Orka Ice Cube TrayThe iSi ice cube trays are lightweight, durable and come in five vibrant colors—lime, plum, raspberry, sky blue and tangerine—and white. It’s so easy to color-code your ice cubes. The trays have an easy “release pad” on the bottom of each cube—just touch lightly and they pop out (a minor miracle). The lid doubles as a serving tray, prevents spills while the ice is being made and keeps the ice fresher much longer. That the stylish trays produce stylish oval cubes is icing on the cake.

Having taken a product everyone uses and made it better, the iSi ice cube trays are practically the definition of good design.

isi orka
Freeze And Press Ice Cube Tray And Server

  • Ice Cube Tray
    $10.00

Purchase online at Amazon.com

  Orka Ice Cube Trays
The release pad on the Freeze and Press Ice Cube Tray and Server makes getting ice out easy. Just press the ice you want into the serving tray (which doubles as the lid).

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