Planning on some Labor Day festivities this weekend? If your mixing cocktails yourself or having a few drinks at your favorite local spot the type of ice in your drink can make all the difference. The size and shape of the ice in your glass can either positively or negatively impact the flavor of your drink.

“The type and quality of your ice can make a big difference in how your cocktail tastes, and much of that comes down to science. Ice does two things to your cocktail: cools it down and dilutes it. But don’t believe the myth that all dilution is a bad thing. Research has shown that a little bit of water actually opens up some spirits, by emphasizing some aromas and masking others. Correlatively, the shape and size of your ice impacts how quickly it melts and how much water gets into your cocktail. That’s why it matters whether you use big rocks, standard cubes, or crushed ice.”

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