Cool Ice Jewels
Bagged ice is the norm for parties, if for no other reason than it is convenient. But not only do the bags not look particularly stylish, but the ice is nothing to write home about either. The "cubes" are more like chips and melt too quickly into the drink. The point of all this is that it is much more satisfying to have one or two large cubes of ice that will melt slowly - and it doesn't hurt if they look fantastic in the glass, too. Form and function are the two selling points for the Cool Jewels Ice Tray ($8.95) from Z Gallerie.
I wouldn't hesitate to add a few drops of food coloring to enhance the jewel shapes of the ice, but looking like giant, clear diamonds doesn't sound too bad, either.