Clean water and ice feels like such a given that it is probably not your first thought when it comes to the taste of your cocktail. This is especially true if you prefer your cocktail straight up, sans a splash of water and definitely sans rocks.
But whether your drink of choice is a mojito or a daiquiri, a dry martini – or yes, even a cosmo – your cocktail won’t approach anywhere close to classic status unless you start with a crystal clear foundation of pure, filtered water.
For what makes clean water and ice so critical for any summer cocktail, we turned to Alex Dittrich, bartending mainstay at Jokers Comedy & Nightclub in Cedar Falls, IA. Below, Alex shares five classic cocktail recipes that will transform into five perfect blunders if anything close to a contaminant makes it into your water line.
1. Classic Dry Martini
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[2.5 oz of Vodka or Gin]
[.5 oz of Dry Vermouth]
[1 dash orange bitters]
[Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass]
Why Clean Water & Ice Are Critical: Don’t let the lack of ice in the finished product fool you. A dry martini is only made to perfection if is shaken and strained properly. In order to achieve this, you need clean, hard and sizeable ice. If not, you risk losing both consistency and flavor.
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[1.5 Tbsp of Sugar]
[Leaves From 3 – 5 Mint Sprigs]
[1/2 Lime, Squeezed]
[1.5 oz. White Rum]
[Soda Water Top-Off]
[Muddle Sugar / Mint / Lime]
[Add White Rum / Soda / Ice and Stir]
Why Clean Water & Ice Are Critical: A native of Cuba and favorite of Hemingway, the Mojito is a prime example of a summer cocktail that drinks down quicker than it mixes. The key is a powerful yet soothing combination of fresh mint and lime flavors – all profiles that start to taste absolutely funky when mixed with dirty ice. If you’re going to spend the time making this drink, make sure you take the time to ensure your water source is clean.
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[2 oz vodka]
[1 oz Cointreau or orange liqueur]
[2 oz pomegranate juice]
[.5 oz lemon juice]
[Shake over ice and strain into cocktail glass]
Why Clean Water & Ice Are Critical: While the cosmo gets it classic color from its splash of cranberry, the flavor imparted is not nearly enough to mask any issues with poor water filtration making it into ice. A cosmo that tastes more like chlorine than cranberry might as well be a mug shot for dirty ice.
4. Kansas City Ice Water
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[1 oz vodka]
[1 oz gin]
[.5 oz triple sec (optional)]
[.5 oz lime juice]
[Top off with 7-Up]
Why Clean Water & Ice Are Critical: A regional drink that is starting to spread – and from the first sip – you understand why. Ice made from poorly filtered water will likely be full of contaminants ranging from iron to rust that will hinder both the perfect summer flavor and visual of this phenomenal beverage.
5. Rhubarb Daiquiri
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[1.5 oz Rhum J.M Agricole Blanc]
[.5 oz of Rhubarb puree]
[.5 oz of lime juice]
[.5 oz simple syrup]
Why Clean Water & Ice Are Critical: A rhubarb daiquiri is best served shaken and poured onto clean filtered ice. Since this drink is not blended, it is critical that your ice is premium – as even rhubarb will not mask the flavor of poor filtration.
For those in the Cedar Falls or Des Moines area, live comedy is back on this week at Joker’s, starting with Tom Garland on Saturday, August 3rd. Tickets may be purchased online.
If you have any concerns regarding the quality of water or ice in your home or restaurant, I would recommend exploring options ranging from whole house water filter systems and replacement filters to larger scale ice maker filters. Our customer service team at 1-888-801-PURE can help answer any questions you have, prior to your purchase.