More No Love On The Rocks

Is the glass half empty or half full? Taken by me.
Preston, England
September 26, 2015 4:14am CST
Further to an earlier discussion on disliking ice in drinks, here are some more observations, moving more towards alcohol than to soft drinks. The very phrase ‘on the rocks’ seems odd. Ice is added to the drinks – not the drinks poured over ice. A ship on the rocks is in serious trouble and floating ice is more akin to icebergs than rocks. A leading Irish cider producer who had operated in the emerald Isle for years, hit on a big marketing gimmick for launching their perfectly ordinary passable brand in the rest of the UK. They recommended serving it with ice – lots of ice – half a glass full in fact as opposed to just a few cubes. The idea took off well much to the dismay of many bar-stewards. Ice takes up a lot of freezer space if everyone wants it every drink, so a drink that demands extra ice is a nightmare. I often see bar staff reduced to panic as they hit danger of running out of ice. They get to appreciate customers like me who don’t demand ice. Arthur Chappell
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@LadyDuck (146740)
• Switzerland
26 Sep 15
"On the rocks" is very popular in the US, this is the reason why everywhere thy have ice making machines and when you book a hotel room remember to ask "far from the ice machine"... it seems that everybody wants ice during the night.
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• Preston, England
26 Sep 15
They can be very noisy machines yes
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@RasmaSandra (16662)
• Riga, Latvia
26 Sep 15
@arthurchappell I learned early on when I lived in NYC that my two favorite cocktails Martini and Manhattan were much better without ice since they were cold anyway. The ice just waters them down.
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@LadyDuck (146740)
• Switzerland
27 Sep 15
@RasmaSandra I never put ice in my Martini cocktail, I keep the gin and the dry Vermouth in the refrigerator, it's much better.
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@allknowing (61534)
• India
27 Sep 15
We had those reusable plastic ice cube balls which would be frozen and then dropped in the drink. This would just chill the drink but not dilute it. They were colourful.
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• Preston, England
27 Sep 15
pretty clever idea - not heard of those before
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@allknowing (61534)
• India
27 Sep 15
@arthurchappell You will get them at eBay I think.
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@pgntwo (21550)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
26 Sep 15
There are times and places where a frozen glass is appropriate; likewise an ice-cube. Chucking ice into a matured whisky, whiskey, or brandy is tantamount to sacrilege, not to be done! Ever.
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• Preston, England
26 Sep 15
not a crime I'll ever be guilty of - frozen cider lollies are great but ice in cider is wrong on every level - whisky and rum neat, vodka with orange, gin with tonic, fine
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@pgntwo (21550)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
26 Sep 15
@arthurchappell I must admit to making the odd GnT by pouring the gin over an ice-cube or two, then pouring the tonic over that and topping off with a twist of lemon... but by that time the drink is cold and the ice has gone.
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@Jessicalynnt (47791)
• Centralia, Missouri
26 Sep 15
I like chilled glasses, we have whiskey cubes in the freezer (and use them in things other than booze more often than not), I dont mind ice in my tea, but I make it strong, so watering it down is never a huge deal.
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• Centralia, Missouri
26 Sep 15
@arthurchappell yeah I like water at that point, not fridge cold, but colder than room temp.
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@garymarsh6 (13204)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 15
I dislike ice in my drinks. Why water it down for goodness sake!
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• Preston, England
26 Sep 15
Exactly. I drink whisky neat for just such a reason.
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@garymarsh6 (13204)
• United Kingdom
26 Sep 15
@arthurchappell Good man a man of discerning taste!
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