The Ultimate Ice

Elevate your cocktails with custom-made cubes
Neve Ice

To Névé Ice owner Michel Dozois, all cubes are not created equal. Frustrated with the quality of mass-produced ice, the former bartender at Seven Grand, Comme Ça, and Church and State decided to make his own--and the city's top mixologists took note.

And now you can buy it for your home bar.

The inspiration behind this hand-cut ice company was both a matter of taste (the water is double-filtered before freezing) and intensity. "Machine-made ice dilutes your drink by 70 to 85 percent," Dozois explains.

Névé's dense cubes melt more slowly than traditional ice cubes and come in a variety of shapes: perfect cubes, tall cylinders and golf-ball-size spheres. There are even specially designed square cubes that won't crack or explode when worked vigorously in a cocktail shaker, ensuring the purest martini possible.

The Library Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel and the Langham Hotel Bar are among the devout hand-cut ice fans. Bottega Louie uses Névé ice to keep every sip of the Louie Sling (gin, sweet vermouth, lemon and bitters) perfectly flavored.

To get the same bar-quality drinks at home, Bar Keeper and Wally's sell mixed 10-pound bags ($25) of ice--more than enough for a double-fisting holiday cocktail party. You can also custom-order flavored ice cubes, like strawberry spheres or rosemary blocks.

Just don't forget to bring a cooler for the drive home.

Bottega Louie 700 S Grand Ave Los Angeles CA 90014 213-802-1470 Library Bar 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028 323-769-7260 Langham Hotel 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave. Pasadena CA 91106 626-568-3900 Bar Keeper 3910 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90029 626-568-3900 Wally's Wine & Spirits 2107 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90025 310-475-0606
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