Before you say anything, I know — these aren't exactly the coolest-looking ice cube trays to stock in your freezer. Aesthetics aside, these things are great!
And they're on sale right now!
Why You Need Big Ice Cubes
If you're anything like us, this time of year you're thinking of one thing and one thing only: summer cocktails, preferably consumed on a patio.
And when you're drinking outside in billion-degree temps, the type of ice cube you use in your glass makes a significant difference. Really.
Why? Large ice cubes melt more slowly than smaller ones, which means your drink will stay colder longer and won't get diluted as you imbibe. You've seen bartenders in fancy cocktail bars using large cubes in drinks, right? This is why — plus the fact that big ice looks really cool chilling in a rocks glass.
Why You Need These in Particular
Okay, now back to this set of Home-Complete Ice Cube Trays, which happen to be on Amazon now, at nearly 60 percent off.
Home-Complete Ice Cube Trays, $13 for two
Even though they're off-brand (Tovolo is the brand that pioneered the silicone "king cube" ice trays), what really matters here is that they're made out of silicone. Silicone is durable, easy to wash, and dishwasher-safe — and its flexibility allows you to pry cubes out more easily (and silicone won't crack like the cheap plastic ice cube trays you've had in the past). Bonus: This set is also cheaper and makes more cubes than the Tovolo King Cube Ice Trays. And it has amazing reviews (4.6 stars from 1,330 reviews!).
If you want the name-brand version: Tovolo King Cube Ice Trays, $16 for two
With these ice cube trays, you'll be able to chill a ton of amazing cocktails. And for your non-boozy exploits (you have some of those, right?), these trays are also perfect for freezing homemade stocks in easy-to-use portions or preserving fresh herbs in olive oil for later use.
Stay cool, everyone!