Ice isn't just a summertime ingredient, and aside from a few cold weather staples like hot toddies and Irish coffee, cocktails are best served cold. "Ice is the foundation on which you build your drinks. When sipping on premium cocktails and spirits, the ice – if not pure – can alter the flavor dramatically. Ever had a glass of iced tea using old freezer ice? It tends to taste like whatever was in the freezer," says Javier Flores, owner of Fat Ice Company. After all, nothing says craft cocktail like freezer-burned leftover chili. MORE..