Did you know that ice is an American invention? Well, kind of. No one can claim ownership of frozen water, of course, but dropping a cube of it into a cold beverage? For that we can thank Frederic Tudor’s Yankee ingenuity.
A well-to-do Bostonian, Tudor discovered his calling at 17 while seeking a cold beverage in Cuba without success. He decided then and there to create a business out of “harvesting ice” from the local New England ponds that freeze solid each winter.
Tudor’s idea was at first met with ridicule but eventually grew into an empire. He sourced ice from familiar spots like Walden and Fresh Pond, and shipped it around the world to Europe, the Caribbean and even to Calcutta. Tudor became known as “Boston’s Ice King,” and died in 1864 a wealthy man.
Let’s raise a glass to Tudor as the holidays—and the many parties that ensue—approach. Several weeks ago, we LUPEC ladies got our hands on a modern invention that has satiated our high-volume ice needs: the NewAir AI-100SS countertop ice maker from Air & Water. We put this toy to the test at several cocktail parties, and it keeps its promise: It can make up to 35 pounds of ice per day, and the first batch of ice cubes are complete in 15 minutes. Set-up and clean-up is delightfully “facilement,” making it an entertaining essential.
Frederic Tudor would be impressed by how far we’ve come.
1 1/2 oz light rum
1 oz orange juice
1/2 oz falernum
1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
Shake in iced cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled vintage cocktail glass.
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