Spherical ice

I treated myself to some spherical ice moulds. Despite them having the appearance of something extravagant, they were actually quite cheap.

I bought them online from Tovolo/Amazon for about £9 and they were delivered within a couple of days. On arrival I eagerly filled them with water and put them in the freezer.

The finished effect is quite dramatic. The ice also takes a long time to melt, so it cools your drink without diluting it.

Although note that you will need a glass at least 7cm wide. A heavy whisky tumbler would be ideal.

The only glass I had to hand that was big enough was a martini glass. Nonetheless, it was quite fun to use.

Hmm. Who does this remind me of?

Oh yes. David Bowie with his crystal balls (and overly tight trousers) in the 1980s film Labyrinth.

The Martini Glass

I begin with the basics. For reasons I do not understand, a martini must be drunk from the glass which is easiest to spill from and the easiest to break.

If you’re too drunk, you might end up spilling the martini before you get the chance to drink it – although this may be a blessing in disguise.

I imagine that the long stem allows the drinker to hold the chilled glass without getting cold fingers and without warming up the contents.

I wash my martini glasses by hand. I have lost several to the washing machine. There is also something ceremonial about rinsing them out one by one.

Once clean, I then rinse them under a cold tap (or bottled water if you are located in a country where the tap water is not drinkable). I then store the glasses in the freezer, for reasons I shall explain later.