This comprehensive guide will tell you all you need to know about why reusable ice cubes work better for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, planning a kids party or just want something to keep your water from turning tepid in the gym, we’ll also share our curated selection from John Lewis, and Amazon so you can order it straight to your door.
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Instead of water, they are filled with a quick-freeze gel or alcohol, so you’ll only have to wait between 2 and 5 hours before popping them in your drink. An ideal choice for those who often have impromptu parties, a smaller freezer space or those who don’t always remember to prep their ice cubes.
They are not generally marketed at children, most probably due to their suitability to alcoholic drinks. For example, they are best at keeping smaller, already-cold drinks chilled, as the properties of steel mean they will adapt to the temperature of their environment. This also means they won’t do much to bring down hot or warm drinks like coffee or tea.
You’ll be able to pick up a bag of them for a low price, so if budget is your primary deciding factor then this is the material for you. As you might with similar plastic tableware, those concerned about chemicals such as BPAs affecting their health or the taste of their drinks should look for BPA-free plastic cubes.
In terms of freezing time, they are normally just filled with water, so they don’t only look like a normal ice cube, but they freeze like one too. Expect to wait around the same amount of time before you can crack them out, although unlike traditional cubes you could use them in a pinch when they’re half frozen too. On the plus side, out of all our options, they keep drinks icy cold the longest.
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They will also add a classy touch to other cocktails or alcoholic tipples that you don’t want watered down, but are better for already-cold drinks or those that you only want to slightly chill. Many people also consider them as a thoughtful gift to a malt lover, or to put on display at home.
They will take around 4-5 hours to freeze, although some manufacturers recommend leaving them in overnight, so it may be wise to double check if you’d prefer less of a wait.
Why not opt-in for a wine cooler?
If you're planning to use your cubes at home, a set of 2 to 4 will be enough for two to three people. Though, if you plan on using your cubes at social gatherings, we recommend making sure that you have at least 10.
Keeping your drinks cooled will occasionally require more than one cube per drink, so expect to be using around 1-3 cubes per glass to keep your drinks at your preferred level of cool. If you're buying them as a gift, a personal set of 2 to 4 is a great option.
It goes without saying that children will find more delight in shapes other than the old school cube, such as animals, fruit, or diamonds. Just make sure that the weird and wonderful shapes you choose aren’t too large to fit in younger kids’ cups or beakers, or too small to be a choking hazard. Of course, fun shapes aren’t limited just to children and are great for summer gatherings, too.
Lastly, gym goers, runners, or anyone wanting to survive in an office with no air-con could opt for a long tube shape, that will slot into your water or drinks bottle and keep it chilly without bringing it to overflow in the way that traditional cubes might.
We all could do with a good travel mug.
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If you're looking for a real present to give someone you love that excitement, what could fan those flames more than a mysterious crate? Indeed, this whiskey crate containing lead-free whiskey glasses, chilling stones, and a skull ice creator is the perfect gift for whiskey connoisseurs.
If you are looking to make an investment in your home bar, or just like to treat yourself to things that are that slightly extra, we highly recommend this as a great way to not only buy reusable ice cubes, but also a crate of drinking essentials.
While a simple plastic reusable ice cube may work for you, it is worth mentioning that splurging out on something a little fancier works too. Opting for these gold cubes for yourself or as a gift really feels like a treat, which means you are more likely to take care of them.
Additionally, for every set bought, a tree is planted which is great for anyone looking out for purchases that aim to reduce the impact its production has on the planet. A great set for a great friend, partner, or yourself.
Easy to wash, easy to store, and built for a range of uses, this gift set of ice cubes is the perfect gift for yourself or others. With an extra pair of tongs to keep the cubes sanitised before use, it is the perfect ice cube tray for parties.
Additionally, the ice cube tray that accompanies this tray means that there is less chance of losing them, especially when first chilled. Though, make sure to clean them each time they are used.
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No. 2: Amerigo｜Gold Stainless Steel Whiskey Stones Gift Set
No. 3: Invero ｜Multicoloured Reusable Plastic Ice Cubes
No. 4: Familybox｜Whiskey Stones Stainless Steel Ice Cubes
No. 5: Kikkerland ｜Reusable Ice Cube Diamonds
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