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The Cool Science of Crafting the Perfect Ice

Fire and ice: Watch the pros at Okamoto Studio transform frozen blocks into clear works of art.

Shintaro Okamoto and his father—the founding duo behind New York’s Okamoto Studio—have literally transformed the science of making ice into actual works of art. From life-size bars and ice sculptures to custom cocktail cubes, they mold “dead clear ice” into a full spectrum of frozen masterpieces. It’s a process that, like Patrón’s, is remarkably handcrafted.

“It makes most sense to work with brands like Patrón,” Okamoto explains. “When it's a premium liquor, you know they will ask themselves: Why would you dilute that with conventional ice?"

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the fire behind creating the coolest ice by watching the process from start to finish.

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