High-end venues are constantly on the lookout for ways to implement unusual flavor combinations. Flavored ice cubes are a great way to do this inexpensively and creatively. Unusual food can raise the food-costs for a venue, but unusual flavor combinations, such as those that can be achieved with spices and herbs and flavored ice cubes, can instantly make a restaurant seem more gourmet. The wise use of spices and herbs is a winning strategy for elevating culinary level in every item served in a venue. Putting traditional ice trays to use in creating flavored ice cubes, with the help of spices and herbs, is an easy and cost-efficient alternative to the commercial ice maker, which will elevate a restaurants culinary level.
Why Infused Ice Cubes are Cool
Thought ice cube trays were obsolete in today’s age of ice machines and ice-by-the-bag? Think again. The demand for unusual food in restaurants is putting ice cube trays back on the restaurant equipment list. Flavored ice cubes are convenient for more than just making a water pitcher exciting, they can be added to all sorts of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to spruce them up, and can be made in specific flavors to prevent the watering down of certain drinks. For example, customers will be thrilled to receive coffee flavored ice cubes in their cold coffee, keeping the temperature cool without watering down the taste with standard ice cubes. Typical soda water or white wine can be transformed using unusual flavor combinations with herb ice cubes or other flavored ice cubes. Though a commercial ice maker is ideal for preparing large quantities of ice, for restaurants who can afford to invest more time in individual customers, flavored ice cubes can improve existing beverages and to create new ones using unusual flavor combinations.
Tips for Preparing Infused Ice Cubes
Preparing flavored ice cubes requires using juice or infused water as a base. Juices with strong flavor and color, such as pomegranate or cherry juice, will be the most effective at creating a “wow” effect. Coffee, orange juice and tea can be used as base liquids for ice cubes to be served in their respective drinks. Preparing infused ice cubes usually requires heating the spices and herbs with the base liquid, which can be water or a lightly-flavored liquid (which won’t over-power the herbs). Boiling water, even before use in a commercial ice maker, and then cooling it down before freezing, tends to yield a clearer ice, free of the murky ice bubbles usually seen. By combining the boiling benefits for flavor and ice cube clarity, flavored ice cubes create a higher level drinks, such as homemade cocktails.
Flavored ice cubes and herb ice cubes, such as strawberry-basil, peach-ginger, and rosemary, can be a great way to entice customers looking for refreshment on a hot day, or simply craving a cool drink. By offering coffee flavored ice cubes for iced coffee drinks, tea ice cubes for tea, and orange juice ice cubes for orange juice, venues will have a major upper hand when consumers make decisions where to dine over drinks. Overall, flavored ice cubes and herb ice cubes are a great way to update a restaurant’s drinks.