Originally Posted by cptjeff
Much more surface area- crushed ice melts faster, diluting the drink more, and keep it colder. So you make the drink colder, more hydrating, and more refreshing.
Yeah, I get that. The question I'm asking myself is whether one or two ice cubes can't sufficiently keep the drink cold. I'm sure we all agree that there is a sweet spot for every drink in which the dilution is perfect. Therefore one has to assume that if you start out with chilled ingredients (rum in the freezer, seltzer very cold etc.), two ice cubes should be able to keep the Mojito (for example) at a cool temperature and you can control the dilution by adding seltzer to your liking. If I had a Thermapen, I'd try it out. Maybe someone here has one and can compare the temperatureof both drinks after sitting on the counter for say five minutes. Likely, the one with the crushed ice will be a bit cooler so it really boils down to whether you prefer a more chilled drink or a drink in which you can control your preferred dilution.
I'm having a Hemingway Daiquiri now. Used this recipe
1 1/2 oz. white rum
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
It's good but the recipe is flawed. Needs some sweetener (added a dash of simple syrup and gave it a stir after shaking). It's also a bit too tart (not that I don't like tart.. but it's a bit too tart). What recipes do you use?