Clear Ice Thanks to Tuxedo Ice

Thanks to a local product, you can make clear ice for your cocktails and mocktails at home using tap water.

By Tessa Cooper

Jan 2024

Tuxedo Ice
Photo courtesy Tuxedo Ice

Next time you’re at a high-end cocktail bar, pay attention to the ice cubes. Are they clear? Clear ice cubes are beautiful, but that’s not the only reason they are superior. They melt much slower than cloudy ice cubes because the latter contain air bubbles and impurities. With a Tuxedo Ice tray, you can use tap water to create large clear ice cubes right at home, and the key distinction lies in the ice-freezing process. On a typical ice cube tray, the freezing action occurs from all sides. In contrast, Tuxedo Ice insulates the sides and bottom of the cubes, which manipulates the freezing to start from the top down. As a result, the air bubbles and impurities land in a reservoir located beneath the removable silicone mold, leaving you with eight crystal-clear ice cubes. Travis Jenkins is the founder of Tuxedo Ice, and he has an extensive background in food styling and recipe development for national brands at Springfield-based Bon Aperture Productions. He knows a thing or two about crafting a picture-perfect cocktail, and he just released a new product that allows you to create cubes with a signature design or logo imprinted.

Get yours for $100 at the website, 417 Cocktails (211 S. Market Ave., Unit 103, Springfield) or Brown Derby Wine Center (2023 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield).