Most people never think about the many ways that ice is used in drink making. Any decent bartender knows that one of the most vital ingredients to have when making drinks is ice. For the inexperienced mixologist who is searching for the perfect type of ice, ice balls are a unique way to keep drinks cool.
However, far from just being a novelty, ice balls have a several advantages over other forms of ice. Unlike ice cubes, crushed ice, or tubed ice, ice balls melt much more slowly. The finished product is a drink that stays colder longer, without being watered down by melting ice.