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Instant Expert!: Cocktails from A to Z


The Chameleon
I is for Ice

Freeze this factoid in your memory: All ICE cubes are not created equal! Ice should dilute a cocktail just the right amount, so you should strategize which cubes to use based on their melting speed. The basic rules: Use large cubes (which melt slowly) in a shaker; medium cubes in a highball or Collins glass; and crushed ice in short, stout vessels (drinks served in them are often stronger and need the extra dilution).

You can even get creative with your ice cubes and juice them up...literally!