You’ve selected your favor liquors and fresh ingredients: don’t ruin your cocktail with cruddy ice. We’ve tracked down the best ice molds for every situation so you can sip in style.
Hopefully, you’ve already checked out our guide to the best accessories for creating the perfect cocktail. When it comes to the best ice mold, we were only scratching the (icy) surface. There’s a lot to take in. Shape and density can affect how the cube (or ball) melts into your drink. You don’t want a piece of ice to melt too fast, otherwise, your drink ends up watery and less than perfect. You also don’t want it chipping along the way by lacking density. That ruins the flavor too.
Fortunately, there are many inexpensive ice molds out there that are perfect for whiskey, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks too. Here’s our pick of the bunch.
Best Ice Balls: Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds ($10)
Ice balls are a great alternative to conventional ice cubes. They melt slowly so there’s no risk of your drink becoming diluted, plus they look more distinguished. We raved about the Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds when picking out cocktail equipment for you and guess what? They’re still a great purchase to make.
The mold is made from sturdy plastic and promises to be leak-proof, so they’re quite easy to store in the freezer. That’s assuming you have the space to leave something standing upright. Toss an ice ball into your punch bowl, or into a glass of whiskey, and you’ve got a fun talking point, as well as a slowly melting ice sphere that cools your drink without watering it down.
Best Easy To Store Ice Balls: Chillz Classic Ice Ball Maker ($15)
The Chillz Classic Ice Ball Maker might offer similar results to the Tovolo Ice Ball mold, but it has a pivotal twist to it. Rather than requiring to be stored vertically, the Chillz Classic Ice Ball Maker is placed horizontally in your freezer. Depending on how your freezer is arranged, this can be a far more useful way of storing your ice balls.
As before, the ice balls that are created here are sturdy and promise to melt slower than conventional ice cubes. Made from silicone, the mold is sturdy yet simple to wash, either by hand or in a dishwasher. It won’t crack or break either like a plastic mold can. The tray also includes a lid so you can always place other items on top of it safely.
Best Large Ice Cube Mold: Praticube Large Ice Cube Mold ($16)
The biggest conventional ice cube mold out there, the Praticube Large Ice Cube Mold creates ice cubes that 2.25 inches in size. Big, huh? That makes this mold perfect if you make pitchers of cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks, and you don’t want to have to toss in multiple smaller cubes to keep things cool.
The mold itself is made from food grade silicone so it’s sturdy yet safe to use. The molds have lids too so you don’t have to worry about contamination or not being able to place things on top of them. Best of all? $16 buys you a two pack of these convenient molds.
Best Easy Release Silicone Ice Cube Tray: Omorc Ice Cube Tray 4 Pack ($12)
The downside to ice cube trays is usually that they’re relatively awkward to pop out safely without chipping or cracking an ice cube. The Omorc Ice Cube Tray 4 Pack promises to be the easiest release system possible. The silicone material makes the compartments flexible so that you can safely pop an ice cube up by pushing on the bottom firmly.
Each tray offers 14 compartments for ice, leading to a total of 56. That’s more than enough ice for most. There are lids for each tray too, so you don’t have to worry about stacking issues or contamination problems either. Really though, it’s the fact they’re so easy to push out that’s going to endear you here.
Best Ice Cube Tray with Lids: Vremi Large Ice Cube Tray ($10)
Quite a few ice cube trays on here already include lids so what makes the Vremi Large Ice Cube Tray worth your time? Well, it’s a little bit of everything. For a mere $10, you get two trays which have space for 8 large ice cubes in each. They’re the perfect size for placing in a whiskey glass but they won’t look out of place in cocktails either.
It’s the lids that make them all the more distinctive, though. They’re a rectangular shape and promise to be super easy to place confidently on the tray, so there’s no risk of spillage. Think of it as like a high-end form of Tupperware. They stack well too, so they won’t take up too much room in your freezer. Essentially, the Vremi Large Ice Cube Trays simply do everything really well, particularly when it comes to solid lids.
Best Unusual Shape: Adoric Ice Cube Trays ($13)
Not all ice molds have to be spherical balls or cubes. The Adoric Ice Cube Trays produce honeycomb shaped ice shapes, and they’re perfect for smaller drinks. You can toss a few into a glass of whiskey, but it’s cocktails and iced coffee where these really come into their own.
Made from easy to release silicone, they’re really pretty cute ice trays. That gives them an extra useful purpose such as if you happen to be making snacks or baby food that needs to be stored in this way. There are 38 compartments in all so there’s plenty of room. The only downside is there are no lids.