More No Love On The Rocks
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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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.
• 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.