How To Make Crushed Ice

Put down the frying pan; here's how to get crushed ice without the workout

Crushed ice for cocktails is one of those things that sounds easier to make than it actually is, especially when you need a lot of it and need it all at once for, say, a big batch of mint juleps on Derby Day.

Typically, you would approach crushing ice the same way as graham crackers: Fill a Ziploc bag and grab a heavy-bottomed object. But using this technique with ice is loud, messy and takes ages.

So before you side-eye that plastic bag full of ice and ready your arms for a workout, we're here to share a better way.

The secret to fast and easy crushed ice is using the food processor.

Simply throw a few handfuls of ice into the food processor and blitz until you have fluffy piles of perfect cocktail ice. Make batches as needed and use right away, or bag and store in the freezer to have on hand for later.

Pro tip: Let's say you want only enough crushed ice for one drink. No need to drag out the food processor for just that. Fill a cocktail shaker about halfway with ice cubes. Take a sturdy muddler and smash the ice until it's reached the texture and consistency desired.

Now go forth and julep liberally.