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Old 08-29-2013   #1
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Anybody have any sweet systems for keeping cocktail specific ice around, in the cooler, on a multi-day trip?

I'm not averse to "cooler ice" cocktails; just wondering if somebody's figured out a good system


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Old 08-29-2013   #2
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Hmmmm! Critical subject, no doubt, that may require an intense long term study group. I will throw myself on the rocks by volunteering for this grueling class IV undertaking. Reports to follow. ;o)

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Old 08-29-2013   #3
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Start with mixers, end with whiskey.
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A block and an ice pick work pretty well...

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Old 08-29-2013   #5
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^ Exactly.
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Old 08-29-2013   #6
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But ..... the key is to not mix the cocktail ice with the cooler smegma.

I have taken to using my old blue coleman water jugs that all broke the white spigot apart as meat trays. I cut off the top about three to four inches down from the curve so it fits in and allows a tray on top. I then freeze meat or prepped food in layers in the 5 gallon jug bottom. It is about 1/8 inch thick so no meat will penetrate into the ice area of the cooler. Produce in a tray up top. Milk and stuff in wedged in away from the ice and it's all groovy. Then apply ice pick as necessary.

Or have a messy cooler with the ice in the old cut up water jug......or not.
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Old 08-30-2013   #7
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I have done this to freeze coolers used at the end of a float trip

But it should work for cocktail mixed drinks happy hour use.

That is setup a cocktail ice cooler.

Fill it with bags of ice cubes (best would be cubes from your home freezer)

Add in what ever amount of dry ice you need for the length of your float.

Enjoy those cool drinks!
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Old 08-30-2013   #8
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The Carvedog system is good. Mine is similar but I use the Tupperware tubs of appropriate size and the stockpots to organize the food groups and keep the icebox funk under control. IMHO however, ice selection is critical and most important. The crystal clear blocks are the premium cocktail ice choice with the RO "water and ice stores" blocks coming in a close second. Do not forget the ice pick!
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Old 08-30-2013   #9
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And don't drop the pick in the raft
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Schutzie always found that the more important issue was;

Which cocktail goes best with what trip??

I mean, you would not DARE do a martini on Northgate

Or who but a heathen would even think of doing a Gin and Tonic on Ladore?

I mean, Jesus!

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