An impressive 2 inches square, bartenders use The Rock for most straight spirits and basic cocktails. Mixologists use The Rock full-sized to make a statement or crack with a spoon to vary size and use for crushed ice drinks. Best used in a low-ball glass.
At 2.5”, The Cylinder is perfect in dark colored cocktails. It is ideal with muddled cocktails to keep the fresh ingredients toward the bottom of the glass. Best used in a low-ball glass.
The Shard is a great all-purpose artisan ice cube. Averaging about 1” x 1”, it works great for cocktails with fine particulates that mingle with its structure to create a stunning visual array.
For cocktails served in a Collins glass, we offer the rod. This 1.5”x1.5”x5” cube really disappears in the glass, and brings a ton of “wow factor” and value to even the most simple cocktails.
Combine all ingredients, stir over ice, strain into a lowball with a clear rock (this one is a custom cylinder we made for Stephen Kenn). Garnish with a lemon twist, expressed and discarded.
*Combine equal parts by weight of organic almond milk and cane sugar. Add a dash of cognac and bitters if desired. Heat gently to dissolve sugar, and store in the refrigerator for up to a month.
When we were starting to piece together the program at Martina, and later Colita, our intention was to build the best bar in the world. Not from an ego standpoint, but to lay a standard of work that we could hold ourselves accountable to. The idea is one based in self love, respect, and a culture built upon vulnerability. Minnesota Ice is integral to that vision. Their attention to detail is unparalleled, the consistency astounding, their hospitality is inspiring; they make us better. By not having to worry about freezing water, we can focus on other jazz. We can take their perfect product and fuck it up; impose our own style upon it. That good ice is the starting point, and no one does it better than them.
Since we made the switch at our restaurant from creating our own ice to The Pure & Clear program we have been able to save 50 to 60 cents per cocktail. Thats a huge deal in this industry!