If Gläce is beneath your lofty ambitions, At Williams-Sonoma, the aluminum Cirrus Ice Ball Press uses gravity to press an ice block into an ice sphere, one at a time. The kit, with freezer molds for creating the ice blocks, retails from $700 to $1,200. There has been plenty of interest despite the price tag, says Michelle Foss, the chain’s vice president of merchandising. Splurging on premium ice “adds a sense showmanship to what you’re doing,” she says.
Its not just the molds that are driving up ice prices. Suntory, the parent company of Jim Beam, is producing 3D “printed” ice cubes at an estimated cost of a few hundred bucks per design. The ice cubes are cut into almost-scarily intricate shapes, from a guitar with ice strings to an ice horse with a realistic mane.
Then there are bars and restaurants that are flipping the script by putting cocktails inside of ice. Literally. At The Aviary in Chicago, there is a walk-in refrigerator devoted to nothing but premium ice—nothing else is stored there for fear that it will contaminate the flavor of the ice. At last check, a shipment of peated water from Islay, Scotland had arrived. For what? Ice.