When the weather’s hot, or when you simply need an excellent cool Scotch at the end of the day, an ice cube or two is essential.
But don’t make do with boring squares when there are many more exciting choices.
Check out this top ten of some of the coolest ice cube trays around.
Ice Ball Maker
This is the most expensive product on this entire list. It comes straight from japan and is for the artisans out there who like to put on a show when making drinks. The Ice Ball Maker ($268) make 1.2 inche (30mm) ice cubes by inserting a large cube between the two pieces of metal that’ve been warmed in hot water. Gravity takes over and slowly creates a perfectly round ice cube. If you want bigger you’ll have to pay a lot more though. A 55mm Maker will run you about a grand.
Ice Skull By Gamago
The Ice Skull By Gamago ($18) is one of the coolest moulds out there. The tray makes a geometric skull ice cube that measures a whopping 2.5″x3.5″x3″ inches. It’s also dishwasher safe.
Bullet AK47 Ice Cube Tray
How about some bullets to get with that shot? the AK47 Bullet Ice Cube Tray ($3) makes perfectly shaped little bullets. Each tray makes up to ten bullets, so you have enough for an entire clip.
Batman DC Comics Ice Cube Tray
It’s difficult to think of any superhero cooler than the dude who likes to dress up in leather. The Batman DC Comics Ice Cube Tray ($13) is the perfect addition to any kitchen. Ten miniature bat symbols are within this ice cube tray. So whether you want to see the iconic sign floating in a beautiful glass of whiskey or something else, this is the quickest way to get some superhero style of your very own.
Polar Ice Tray
There’re a number of tutorials out there on how to get perfectly clear ice cubes. The problem is they’re extremely complicated. The Polar Ice Tray ($32) takes away all the hassle and allows you to get beautifully clear ice balls for your favorite beverages. The tray mimics natural ice formation by insulating the bottom of the water, so only the surface of the water is effected by the cold. This forces the water to freeze from the top down. Forcing air and impurities to the bottom. The result is perfectly clear ice balls.
Kotobukiya Star Wars: Death Star Silicone Tray
Straight from Japan, the Kotobukiya Star Wars: Death Star Silicone Tray ($4) makes a ball of ice in the shape of the death star. The silicone it uses can withstand heat to 446-degrees, so if the fancy takes you, you can also make some cupcakes in the shape of a death star.
Fred and Friends Cool Coffee Beans Ice Cube Mould
If you’re a man who can’t speak in full sentences until he’s had his morning latte, you might appreciate the Fred and Friends Cool Coffee Beans Ice Cube Mold ($8). With space for eight giant coffee beans, you can be reminded of your favorite hot beverage even when you’re sipping on something a bit stronger. But if you enjoy iced coffee, you can freeze coffee in this ice cube tray to create a stronger tasting drink. Adding ice to coffee dilutes the taste, but when you add frozen coffee cubes, the result is something akin to coffee heaven!
Shark Fin Ice Cube Tray
Jaws is back, this time in the form of an ice cube tray! As the name suggests, this ice cube tray is shaped in the shape of a shark fin. Great for parties, the Shark Fin Ice Cube Tray ($16) is ideal for juice, water or soda pops.
19th Hole Ice Ball Maker Molds
If you’ve never been able to get a hole in one, now’s your perfect chance with 19th Hole Ice Ball Maker Molds ($25).Making ice cubes that are the actual size of a real golf ball, this is the ideal accessory for any man who loves to stroll around a fairway or two. Making up to 10 golf balls in each tray, these are perfectly spherical. So perhaps cubes aren’t exactly the right description.
Whiskey Wedge – Glass and Ice Mould Set
For the man who likes his whiskey chilled perfectly but not watered down, the Whiskey Wedge – Glass and Ice Mould Set ($17) could be the answer. An innovative solution allows ice to freeze in the glass in a wedge shaped position. Ice melts much more slowly than a traditional ice cube but still provides a delicious chill to your bourbon, malt, whiskey or tequila. (OK, it’s not technically an ice cube ‘tray’ but it’s just too cool not to include in this list.)