Shopping for Ice Buckets

If you’re mixing cocktails for buddies and don’t need to maintain going to the freezer for ice, an ice bucket is important.

“I tend to use them for entertaining,” mentioned Julie Reiner, a founding father of Social Hour Cocktails and an proprietor of the bars Clover Club and Leyenda, in Brooklyn. “I use one when I’m making cocktails at home, or if I have parties and want to leave the ice out.”

For a long-lasting provide of ice, an insulated mannequin with a lid is preferable. One with an inner drain grate is even higher.

But there’s additionally type to contemplate if you’re furnishing a house bar. That’s why Ms. Reiner retains a few ice buckets at residence: an insulated Crafthouse mannequin with a drain grate for efficiency and an ornate, vintage glass one which makes an ornamental assertion.

After all, a part of the pleasure of serving cocktails is the spectacle. And “a nice-looking ice bucket,” Ms. Reiner mentioned, “is a great thing to have.”

How giant ought to an ice bucket be? “I tend to use a smaller one,” Ms. Reiner mentioned, “because I’d rather refill it than have the ice get too melted.”

Is an ice bucket the identical as a champagne bucket or wine cooler? Not precisely: An ice bucket holds ice to place in drinks, Ms. Reiner mentioned, whereas the others are supposed to chill bottles (though some can do double obligation).

Is a great deal with necessary? It’s not important, however it could make life simpler if you’re shifting the bucket round the home or carrying it outdoors.

Crafthouse Ice Bucket with Tongs

Double-walled stainless-steel ice bucket with drain grate and acacia-wood high

$99 at Pottery Barn: 888-779-5176 or potterybarn.com

Tina Frey Small Ice Bucket

Resin ice bucket with leather-based handles

$155 at March: 415-931-7433 or marchsf.com

Hemingway Ice Bucket

Cast-crystal ice bucket

$56 at Nude: us.nudeglass.com

Leather Ice Bucket

Sol & Luna leather-wrapped ice bucket

$450 at Favor: 888-543-4392 or infavorof.com

Manhattan Ice Bucket with Tongs

Polished stainless-steel ice bucket from Georg Jensen

$189 at Kathy Kuo Home: 888-908-2925 or kathykuohome.com

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