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Jun 20, 2017

ManMade Guide: Step Up Your Summer Drinks with Grown-Up Flavored Ice Cubes

created at: 04/16/2013

Around here, we've moved past the short glass - the whiskey in a tumbler, the shaken 3 oz. cocktails of spring -and opting for the long and tall. With sunshine comes all-day drinks: those mixed with plenty of ice and fresh ingredients to keep you cool.

How to make flavoured ice cubes

Of course, it's ice that keeps 'em cool, and when your glass sits around in the heat...well, ice melts. So, this summer, make that a good thing. We're sharing our technique and recipes to allow the ice to actually contribute to the flavor of a drink or cocktail, not just its temperature or dilution. Check it out!   

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Sep 08, 2016

A Breath of Cold Air - Videos From The Ice

Ice DivingIt's getting a bit colder here lately, but no matter how frigid it is there's always somewhere with a lot more ice. Here are a few videos to take in while digging out the long sleeves.

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Jan 19, 2016

How to: Get Started Ice Fishing

Ice-fishing is a big part of winter culture in Minnesota where I grew up, and essentially a good excuse for adults to build a fort and hangout. There's something heartening and cozy yet simultaneously adventurous about being in a little shack on the ice, usually fairly warm, but knowing all the while that the harsh elements are waiting just outside, whooshing on the walls.   

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Jul 02, 2012

How to: Make an Outdoor Table with a Built-in Cooler

A fantastic, easy project for summer: add a built-in cooler to a wooden picnic table to store drinks, keep condiments cool, and, generally, be an outdoor dining, grill-dominating mastermind.

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May 23, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: May 23, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

French artist Sylvain Meyer reorganizes natural landscapes and woodlands to imbue them with a sense of pattern and texture.   

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Mar 01, 2012

Ice Typography

Canadian artist Nicole Dextras has created an amazing series of three-dimensional words fabricated by hand in ice. The installations, "speak to how the viewer’s gaze frames and informs the landscape. The installations have varied from 8-foot high ice letters on the Yukon River to 18-inch high letters set in downtown Toronto." 

The letters are then left to let the temperature of the space to affect their meaning, altering their scope through the melting process.

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Apr 27, 2011

Guys Climbs Incredibly Dangerous Mountains at Super-Fast Speeds

created at: 04/27/2011

Swiss ice climber Ueli Steck not only free climbs some of the most intense and scary ice-covered mountains using only hand-axes, he climbs them in just a few hours. He's broken speed records like crazy in the Alps - "Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck set a record time for ascending "The Eiger's" treacherously steep north face. Steck destroyed the previous record (set by himself) by summiting the legendary 13,025 foot mountain in Switzerland's Bernese Alps in only two hours and 47 minutes. Beating your own records just for the sake of beating them?"

Watch the video to this this amazing guy at his best:

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Apr 15, 2011

How To: Make Edible Chocolate Ice Cream Bowls

What's better than ice cream? Ice cream served in an edible chocolate bowl.

And what's better than ice cream served in an edible chocolate bowl? Why, one you made yourself, of course!

 

   

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Dec 29, 2010

How To: Build an Igloo in your Backyard

created at: 12/29/2010

Today's been a day of snow and special places, so let's finish it up with the perfect combo: a handmade igloo in your very own backyard. I mean, it's cold outside, you've probably got some extra time off this week, and when it's all over, you've got an igloo in your backyard. Oh, and its free.

Win, win.

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Dec 27, 2010

Six Ice Hotels to See Before They Melt

created at: 12/27/2010

Twenty years ago, the Jukkasjarvi hotel in Sweden began accepting reservations. And twenty years ago, it melted. Then, nineteen years ago, it was back. 

Of course, the Jukkasjarvi hotel is made of ice. And while its the first and still the largest, there are lots of ice hotels this winter worthy of drool. Just don't do it for too long, cause it might freeze.created at: 12/27/2010

"If you're imagining simple igloos and snow caves, think again: Ice hotels are an extraordinary, otherworldly exercise in sculpture and design.

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Oct 27, 2010

Cold Blooded Vampire Fangs Ice Tray

created at: 09/21/2010

The nighttime is the right time...for cocktails that is. "As twilight descends and drinks are poured, add bite to your beverage with the Cold Blooded Vampire ice cubes. Perfect for Bloody Mary and other spine-tingling drinks fit for the vampire lovers in your family."

created at: 10/27/2010

The tray's even shaped like a coffin!

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Aug 17, 2010

How To: Make Beer Popsicles, Easily and At Home

It was only a matter of time, really...somebody was bound to think of this sooner or later.

Mexican-style lager pair with fresh lime and sweetened just a bit with natural agave syrup. We especially like this one cause you get to cut through the beer can with a knife or a hacksaw, late-night infomercial style.      

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Jul 21, 2010

Make Cold-Brewed Ice Tea in the Fridge

created at: 07/21/2010

When I was a kid, my parents always made iced tea in this vintage sun tea jar, complete with big 70s yellow poppies and a broken spigot. I never really realized what they were doing by sitting that thing on the back porch...besides making us chase extra fast to grab missed catches and tags during our neighborhood kickball game.

It's a pretty clever idea, the sun tea...when its this hot outside, the last thing you want to do is boil a big kettle of water and cool it down for hours to make a cold drink. But know what's even awesome-r, and quicker? Simply making great ice tea in your refrigerator overnight.

 

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Mar 12, 2010

How To: Guinness Ice Cream Float, Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Mix Ice Cream, Stout, Dash of Luck

One glass. Two ingredients. One step. Delicious. And its probably healthier than milk, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream....  

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Jan 22, 2010

Ikea Hack: Make Straws from Ice!

If IKEA had an impulse buy section, the Plastis ice tray would be in it. You've seen it, it makes long ice tubes to slip into the not-so-wide mouths of reusable water bottles.

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