Fun with Limes Inside Clear Ice Balls
April 06, 2017
Using this method of directional freezing (developed here on Alcademics) with thermos containers and ice ball molds to maximize the clarity of ice balls, I have been playing around with putting objects inside ice spheres.
I first did a spiralized lime that you can see here - it came out pretty awesomely.
Then the other day I made some lime wedges and lime slices and put them in my ice ball molds.
When you freeze limes, it squeezes out some of the juice so the ice ball isn't crystal-clear as it is using this method with solid objects, but it still looks great and inside a cocktail you'd probably not notice.
To keep up on my ongoing icesperiments, follow along on my Instagram page.
I had the same issues with the lime juice clouding the ice when I froze lime slices in my Tovolo Clear Sphere system. By the way, the Tovolo is a pretty good, much less expensive version of what the Wintersmith's does. Makes four at a time too.
Posted by: JenTiki | April 06, 2017 at 11:38 AM
I use a bunch of the thermos ones (and just ordered a ton more), but at the 4-ball level it looks like your Tovolo one comes in at a better price!
Posted by: Camper English | April 06, 2017 at 12:37 PM
Ooh maybe I'll try using dehydrated lime slices next time. No juice to move around.
Posted by: Camper English | April 06, 2017 at 03:02 PM
Have you had a chance to test this product out yet? I looked at the customer photos. Some turned out clear, but many people got cloudy ice.
Posted by: Alan Chen | April 19, 2017 at 10:44 AM
Hi - No I haven't. I saw that it got mixed reviews. A lot of it could depend on freezer use/space as if you're jiggling the tray around (any tray) in the freezer it will come out cloudy as it shakes up the bubbles. I may try it in the future.
Posted by: Camper English | April 19, 2017 at 05:47 PM