In a world filled with modern gadgets and gizmos, it’s easy to overlook the elegance and simplicity of traditional tools. One such tool that has stood the test of time are ice tongs. This understated and underrated tool quietly performs an essential role: serving up ice with hygiene, grace and precision.
Ice tongs have a history dating back to the days when refrigeration was a luxury rather than a common convenience. In the 19th century, ice was harvested from frozen lakes and stored in ice houses for use throughout the year. To transfer ice blocks efficiently and hygienically, tongs were designed. And we haven’t found a better alternative since!
Ice tongs are still used for hygiene purposes. They prevent bartenders and partygoers from grabbing ice with their hands. But they also have a number of other important functions. In the realm of mixology, presentation is key. Ice tongs allow bartenders to delicately lift ice cubes and place them in glasses, preventing unwanted splashing and ensuring a visually appealing drink. Ice tongs also aid in maintaining the quality and temperature of beverages that can’t be shaken. Tongs prevent premature melting, over-dilution of drinks, and bruised alcohol. Ice tongs can turn a mundane act into a graceful display. Whether you’re placing garnishes or, or even sugar cubes, tongs add an air of sophistication to the process.
There are many different styles of ice tongs out there, but many of them sacrifice functionality for style. At Beaumont, we’re committed to producing products that do both. It’s essential to make sure your tongs are durable and rust-resistant, that they are comfortable to hold and are long enough to reach the bottom of the ice bucket, that they have serrated tips that provide a secure grip, and, of course, that they have a sleek design that adds to the aesthetic of bartending. Beaumont’s stainless steel ice tongs have you covered!