Alie & Georgia: 3 Fancy Ice Cubes to Make Now

04/24/2014 at 12:06 PM ET

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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, a.k.a. Alie & Georgia, host Cooking Channel food-travel series Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia. Visit PEOPLE.com every Thursday for their playful spins on celebrity recipes, cocktails, entertaining ideas—and, of course, lots of laughs!

Of all the cocktail trends and pretentious tricks and gimmicks of the craft cocktail movement, the topic that seems to bring on ire and rage in normally docile bar-goers is “artisan ice” — those perfectly sculpted cubes that look great in your drink while keeping it chilled.

The fact that frozen water can annoy people is funny to us, but at the same time, we get it. The addition of hand-chiseled ice is one of the many reasons bar owners justify the ever-growing price of craft cocktails (we just got charged $16 for a basic Old Fashioned at one bar and almost did a spit-take, but didn’t want to waste our expensive cocktail).

Still, if we are served a libation with a few melting cubes floating listlessly at the top of the glass, or one with ice that’s taken on the smell of whatever else is in the host’s freezer, well, we get bummed. It’s with this in mind that we present some of our favorite ice options for the at-home bartender. Because, while you don’t have to learn to expertly cut a giant cube so that it slides perfectly into your vessel of choice à la “mixologists,” ice also shouldn’t be an afterthought.

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Square

Small, perfectly square cubes are a beauty to behold, and look great in a mixed drink. This stainless steel ice cube tray is a blast from the past and makes extracting cubes a snap. We also love perfect cube trays that come in both small and large sizes.

Try It In: A Spicy Margarita

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Round

One large spherical ball of ice looks beautiful in a highball glass with just a splash of your favorite liquor. Plus, its size means it’ll melt slower and water down your drink less. Buy the mold here.

Try It In: An Old Fashioned

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Crushed

A cocktail with crushed ice screams “summer.” Ask your most rage-filled guest to go to town on a bag of ice with a rolling pin or just throw some ice in the blender (in both cases, be sure to drain off excess liquid before using). And while not the most practical for large batches, a vintage ice crusher does the trick and looks oh-so pretty on your counter. See?!

Try It In: A Mint Julep

Note: a party soundtrack featuring “Ice Ice Baby” is not mandatory, but suggested. Now go drink a cold one for us.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Are you kidding me People? Did you just write an article about how to make ice??? lol Maybe you can follow it up with how to boil water.