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Why All Bars Needs Ice Machines

Mar 18, 2008
Why is it that in England it is so difficult to get a drink with a good amount of ice? Okay it may be because the weather is consistently dire but that is no excuse for not getting a cold drink! Having spent a lot of time living and working in America I have developed a real love of a cold drink and let's face it they do it properly in America. A coke with ice is exactly that. The ice and the coke are delivered in almost even proportions.

I guess this raises another issue because in England this would be seen as an attempt by the proprietor to short change you for the amount of coke that you receive. However the Americans also have a wonderful way of letting you refill your non alcoholic beverage for free. This should also be introduced in the UK. The other favourite of mine is a drink of ice cold whisky. Sadly the UK is not the place for this. All too often the order whisky with ice is returned with a couple of shots of whisky but only the solitary chunk of ice to keep it cool. It has to be said that for a commodity that is essentially free the British bar tenders are extremely tight with their ice. So why do English bars, pubs and restaurants get it so wrong? I think it's because the ice machine is not a standard piece of kit for all bars and pubs.

Ice maker

Ice makers can turn your pub, bar or club into a venue that will make people flock to it. An iced beverage is so much nicer than a tepid warm one. By offering ice as standard you will reap the rewards and better still water doesn't cost you anything so the ice that you make will not cost much at all. Ice making machines are a great investment for any establishment that wants to sell cold drinks. The variety of these machines that are available means that you can find an ice maker that will produce enough ice for your level of consumption. Some ice machines can produce massive amounts of ice. A 50kg unit that works on a 24hour basis can produce 2kg of ice until the storage section of the machine is full. The main thing that you have to consider when purchasing the ice maker is the storage capacity of your ice maker.

Ice crushers

Not many establishments in the UK make the most of ice crushers. These devices can play a great role in making the ice that you have prepared crushed so that more of the ice can be included in the glass. There are hand operated ice crushers which allow you to crush ice by turning a handle. There are also a range of electronic ice crushers that crush ice. All you have to do is load them with ice cubes and switch them on. This type of ice is fantastic for cocktails.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been a pub landlord for many years. He is a member of the campaign for real ale and offers advice on ice machines to aspiring publicans.
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