Ice Diamonds in Cocktails🧊💎

  • Published on Nov 29, 2021
  • Clear Ice Diamond in Cocktails
    Japanese Bartenders stand out with their technique and obsession with details.
    When you order a whiskey or Whiskey based Cocktail bartender will hand carve an ice ball, Ice Cube, or diamond out of a block of ice that perfectly fits in your glass.
    It's not only for presentation but to also preserve a cocktail.
    The ice they use is crystal clear, so it dilutes slower.

    I already made a full episode about Japanese Cocktails and techniques. You can watch it here:
    How to Make Japanese Cocktails at Home

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  • BlazeNBA2K
    BlazeNBA2K Month ago +12866

    *"Okay sir that'll be $1000"*

  • Wikiramblings
    Wikiramblings Month ago +9454

    Clear ice doesn’t dilute significantly slower, it just looks cooler.

    • Jay A
      Jay A Day ago +1

      @OliveBranch yeah sure Ill take the word of TheXvid video I haven't seen ...

      The problem with remembering this as long as you have and combing back to say say 'yeah keep your mouth shut', unable to comprehend the irony of what you are doing, is that somebody will just do this:
      The point being....TheXvid videos prove nothing

    • OliveBranch
      OliveBranch Day ago +2

      @Jay A LMAO here after he disproved both of your points with a side by side comparison. This is why we don't pretend to know everything on the Internet.

    • Aroha Tata
      Aroha Tata 6 days ago


    • n
      n 8 days ago

      @Arthur Ramirez lol

    • peew
      peew 8 days ago +1

      @Vlad SlickBartender Says the guy who's his own source.

  • Yᴏᴜʀ ʟᴏᴄᴀʟ ᴋɪᴅɴᴀᴘᴘᴇʀ

    The dedication in this is unreal. I’d just buy a diamond ice mould-

    • miguel resurreccion
      miguel resurreccion 11 days ago

      @Chonky_Fox r/woooosh

    • WelcomeTo Life
      WelcomeTo Life 25 days ago

      It's a time waster

    • Yᴏᴜʀ ʟᴏᴄᴀʟ ᴋɪᴅɴᴀᴘᴘᴇʀ
      Yᴏᴜʀ ʟᴏᴄᴀʟ ᴋɪᴅɴᴀᴘᴘᴇʀ 27 days ago +1

      @Kyler Workman I’m pretty sure someone would steal it whilst drinking their beverage- or swallow either accidentally or because they may be a bit drunk..

    • Kyler Workman
      Kyler Workman 27 days ago +1

      Why not just buy a Diamond and keep it In The freezer and only use it with fine beverages?

    • NotRandomGames11
      NotRandomGames11 Month ago

      @duckyuphere oh no you got me!!! I will now fade into dust! *Gets Thanos snapped away*

  • MrRexyChomp
    MrRexyChomp Month ago +849

    My dad went to Japan for a few weeks, he said that at all of the bars he went to the drinks were heavily watered down (like half a water bottle mixed with a little bit of alcohol) and everyone was trying to impress each other with their drinking ability, he said one guy chugged a tall glass of iced tea while trying to pass it off as whiskey

    • Yuudachi poi
      Yuudachi poi 9 days ago +2

      Thats most likely not a bar, but an “izakaya”

    • rawfer mews
      rawfer mews 9 days ago

      @Onyx Guard I wouldn’t say diluted drinks is a negative about Japan.. when you could literally just.. make your own drinks and also I’m sure that man didn’t go to EVERY SINGLE bar in Japan.

    • Gary Oak
      Gary Oak 13 days ago

      @Colloquial Del Griffith

    • At least I’m trying
      At least I’m trying 20 days ago

      @Nooters haha just you kid
      Ok then

    • rob
      rob 20 days ago

      @That Guy over there lmfao weebs ignore the corruption and organized crime because they only like japan because of anime

  • Rel
    Rel Month ago +4034

    Vlad's voice is so soothing to hear. can sleep to this ngl.

  • Goin AWOL
    Goin AWOL Month ago +6

    I dont enjoy bartending vids but i can appreciate hard work and skill. Well done 👊

  • A Man Wearing Suspenders
    A Man Wearing Suspenders Month ago +859

    Hey bro I'll have a cup of iced water.
    Bartender: Pulls out sculpting equipment and an iceberg
    Dude I was just thirsty...

    • megaman is cool right guys
      megaman is cool right guys Month ago

      Pretty sure you'd have to ask for the special treatment though 😂 No sculpted ice crystal for you.

    • Helena Pescio
      Helena Pescio Month ago

      Iced water???

    • Mr Nobody
      Mr Nobody Month ago +2

      Is that complementary? Because I just wanted tap water

    • Demi Basan
      Demi Basan Month ago +5

      „dude i was just thirsty“ had me crying 😂

    • Joey Green
      Joey Green Month ago +26

      Every time I see one of these videos I’m like “ cool mini ice sculpture but I just wanna get shitfaced”

  • Optical Beast
    Optical Beast Month ago +92

    It isn't really air bubbles that makes ice cloudy. Its more because of stress fractures when ice freezes from outside in. drop water into a square container to freeze it slowly and in layers.

  • annoying cactus
    annoying cactus Month ago +43

    I found this channel yesterday and now I'm binging and acting like I'm an actual bartender haha these days i feel really happy because of your channel!!

    ARTHUR Month ago +10

    Is it just me or is it so satisfying watching him cut the ice , and the sound, it’s such an eargasm. I repeated this video many times just to hear him cutting the ice.

  • Malfeasance with ornament

    Even though I won’t be able do drink any alcohol for six years, it’s still really fascinating and satisfying to watch you make these videos so skillfully!

  • Trent Stoute
    Trent Stoute Month ago +99

    If I order a whiskey and the bartender breaks out carving tools, I'm drinking at home.

  • S Y A
    S Y A Month ago +3

    I do have to say: this isn’t inherently Japanese. It’s just types of mixology. Popular all over the world.

  • Stranger In A Dark Alley

    "Sir, there's a lid on my glass. How am I supposted to drink it now?"

  • Ayesha Imran Malik
    Ayesha Imran Malik Month ago

    This is beautiful. I legitimately believed it was a real diamond in the beginning 💎

  • bdbn
    bdbn 26 days ago

    Spent years going to Japan for work. Literally never saw this anywhere except expensive tourist bars in Tokyo. It’s just a novelty.

  • zijuiy wttuy
    zijuiy wttuy Month ago

    I dont enjoy bartending vids but i can appreciate hard work and skill. Well done

  • Glitch🔱
    Glitch🔱 Month ago +1

    Just want to say thank you for always bring great content💝

  • eseru
    eseru Month ago +610

    Have read two Mangas about bartending, and they're both a good read, titles are 'Bartender', which also has an anime and the other one's title is 'Madoromi Barmaid'.

    • Corzappy
      Corzappy Month ago

      Don’t care

    • Manav
      Manav Month ago +1


    • Small Pp
      Small Pp Month ago +2

      @L_B42 __ virgin is only an insult that is used by a person, to another person that is so insecure he has to use other people's opinion on them as a form of validation, wouldn't expect you to know that though seeing as you are arguing on a thread on preference of japanese cartoons

    • L_B42 __
      L_B42 __ Month ago +1

      @Small Pp was on a break lmao nice one tho virgin

    • Small Pp
      Small Pp Month ago +2

      @L_B42 __ and here you are wasting your life on TheXvid


  • Nogg flaw
    Nogg flaw Month ago +1

    Ok is it just me or the sound of the cutting of the ice is so satisfying 🥴

  • PLF
    PLF 22 days ago

    Love the way it fits into the glass

  • Plum/Dan
    Plum/Dan Month ago +34

    I will never understand people who would pay for this. I’d rather get a bottle and put it in the freezer for a minute then get some regular ice cubes

  • Miennai
    Miennai Month ago +161

    "Doesn't melt into the drink, it just cools it"

    Big hmmmmmm moment

    • Slingshot23
      Slingshot23 22 days ago +2

      @Sweginator108 No, but as the comment above mentioned, as there is a temperature gradient between the surrounding environment and the cube of ice, heat will flow towards ice. Thus, it will keep absorbing heat and melt. There is no way to stop the cube from absorbing more than latent heat, unless you do this in an isolated system.

    • Sweginator108
      Sweginator108 29 days ago +2

      @ok just cuz there is energy transfer doesn't mean there is a change in state ¯\_(ツ) _/¯

    • John Cooper
      John Cooper Month ago +5

      @ok The ice doesn't have to become liquid in order to facilitate the transfer of heat, it is just a common side effect. If it was a mandatory part of the process then home freezers would be a considerably damper affair.

      Melting is the end result of the drink/ice combination seeking to achieve thermal equilibrium.
      As external sources are constantly adding additional heat into the mix, it's impossible for a thermal equilibrium to be achieved, so the ice continously absorbs energy until it turns into liquid.

    • ok
      ok Month ago +6

      @nosequenosecuanto to cool a drink, heat has to move from the liquid to the ice. The heat that the ice absorbs turns ice into liquid water. If it didn’t melt, it wouldn’t cool down the drink as no energy would have moved.

    • nosequenosecuanto
      nosequenosecuanto Month ago +3

      Cooling and Melting arent strictly correlate in ice. There are a ton of materials that (obviously) can cool without melting. I think he was refering to the hability of the ice to cool without melting as fast as a ordinary icecube.

  • Lille Prut
    Lille Prut Month ago

    I'd like a name for a bar doing this, have never encountered it in Japan!

  • Doug Lewis
    Doug Lewis Month ago +1


  • DeathReaper_08
    DeathReaper_08 12 days ago +2

    This guys voice is so soothing and relaxing and I wanted to see a hill of shaved ice

    • AB Evans
      AB Evans 4 days ago

      I wanted to eat the chopped off ice, and the ice diamond. I crave & eat ice all the time. Thanks pica! 🧊💎

  • Mamoru Chiba
    Mamoru Chiba Month ago +2

    OK didn't get how to cut a diamond but man this looks awesome 😍

  • A Fish
    A Fish Month ago

    How easy is it to cut through ice? I've never seen a knife in real life that doesn't take lots of effort to slice through meat, so chopping through solid ice to me seems unbelievable.

  • Benjamin Noyes
    Benjamin Noyes Month ago

    I wanna go back to japan now I’m a bartender this is so cool!!

  • The Chosen 1
    The Chosen 1 27 days ago +1


  • Nhatanh0475
    Nhatanh0475 Month ago +15

    When you walk in, you don’t pay for the drink, you pay for the show.

    • Chuds Train Facts
      Chuds Train Facts Month ago +1

      bro if im going too a bar idgaf abt the show im tryna watch some football and get hammered lmao


    It was painful to watch him wipe away that extra ice. I am deficient in iron and I always crave ice.

  • Adrienne L
    Adrienne L 26 days ago +1

    I love Japanese culture!! I feel like food and drinks are their love language because they don't play!!! 🥰😘

    • Nikolai Belinski
      Nikolai Belinski 7 days ago

      He's literally playing with the ice to carve a shape for no reason other than aesthetics...

    • Leaning
      Leaning 17 days ago

      Do you love their pervert culture as well

    • Shawn Cezanne
      Shawn Cezanne 26 days ago

      One thing I have noticed is how obsessed they are with how things look.

  • sammay1
    sammay1 Month ago

    Chilling drink = dilution
    Less surface area = less dilution = longer lasting ice
    No air bubbles/ clear ice = directional freezing
    Air bubbles / cloudy (large chunk) ice = still ice just less sexy

  • Skulltyx
    Skulltyx Month ago +1

    This is so satisfying to watch

  • Khailiansang Vaiphei
    Khailiansang Vaiphei Month ago +2

    Everything about Japanese is awesome, be it the fruit, the meat, the drinks etc, they do it the best they can, and that came with a huge price too.... So no surprise

  • Naud van Dalen
    Naud van Dalen Month ago +3

    Makes an ice diamond in 2 minutes.
    That'll be $50 for my hard work.

  • daniel lebron
    daniel lebron Month ago +2

    They should make a glass funnel that goes on top of your glass with two holes on the side so that it spins the liquid as it falls in

  • Rin615
    Rin615 Month ago

    I’ve been to loads of bars in Japan and this is not something I’ve ever seen. There’s so many things people try and say is what happens in Japan but probably happens in a few very high end places

  • Buggaton
    Buggaton Month ago +1

    I'm seeing a lot of misinformation about ice and how it interacts with drinks so here's a quick (slow) explanation:

    There are three things which cause a drink to cool due to ice presence. Firstly there's the heat equilibrium where heat will radiate into the ice in order to maintain a balance of temperature. This is a weak and minor factor.

    Secondly there is the state transition where ice on the outside of the cube has gained enough heat to transition to water. When a solid becomes a liquid it requires more energy to initiate the state change. This means that the ice chills the drink by more than just the difference in temperature.

    Thirdly there's the dilution where freshly melted ice is now 0 degree water which mixes into the drink both cooling it and diluting it.

    Using "cloudy" ice will inevitably lead to a faster chilling process but faster dilution due to the irregular structure leading to higher surface area. If you drink your drink quickly, cloudy ice will chill it faster. Over a longer period, crystal ice will keep it cold and less diluted for longer but not as cold.

    Either way, dilution and chilling removes flavour from the drink and is only recommended for overly flavoured beverages (high sugar) or poor quality drinks (most lager, rough/low grade spirits). That said, drink your drink however you like it and everyone who says you're doing it incorrectly can go fuck themselves. Their advice is suggestion only, find what you like and enjoy it. Don't be scared to experiment or try something new but don't let people ruin how you like your drinks.

  • Spork
    Spork Month ago

    Wow, that must be really sharp to do that!

  • Stvil Koles Bill
    Stvil Koles Bill Month ago

    I’ve been in japan for a year and I haven’t had any of those yet , I get régular Ice 🥴. And I get old fashions a lot

  • Chappmonkey1
    Chappmonkey1 Month ago +23

    Imagine your in Japan and you just got dumped and you wanna escape the pain with a glass of whiskey, but the bartender starts to carve the ice right in front of you

    • Tropical Toucan
      Tropical Toucan Month ago +4

      I dunno man. I would feel better after watching that.

  • ClownForceOne
    ClownForceOne 6 days ago

    I often enjoy the true craftsmanship of other Japanese industries, as well.

  • Crazy
    Crazy Month ago

    This only happens at high end bars, mid level places have molds, cheap places use your basic cubes.

  • Nosttromo
    Nosttromo Month ago

    I always think of this as a scam because the ice takes up too much volume and in that way you get less drink

  • Amanda Clover
    Amanda Clover Month ago

    I want All those ice shavings! ❣

  • fairyd1se ☁️
    fairyd1se ☁️ Month ago

    japan has art in everything and everywhere

  • johnny quest
    johnny quest Month ago +25

    Very cool! Vlad, what knife are you using? Thanks!

  • Justin Carroll
    Justin Carroll Month ago +1

    That ice cube probably adds more in cost than I pay for an average drink

  • Lazys The Dank Engineer

    Yell talking about the diamond but damn, those shavings look delicious

  • Lisa Mylynn
    Lisa Mylynn Month ago

    I think I may be able to make that ice cube into a smaller less cubed piece of ice. Definitely not going to be able to make a diamond 🙃

  • Andy C
    Andy C Month ago +108

    "... that perfectly fits in your glass". Yeah, that definitely don't fit in the glass buddy

    • Loyalist
      Loyalist Month ago +8

      That one is just for show, he/she can craft a smaller but simmilar version of ice inside another glass

  • Adrian Ceku
    Adrian Ceku Month ago +5

    "Rather than meting into the drink, it just chills it"

    Yeah.... no.

  • The Deadpool Who Chuckles.

    Japan: How can we make this more complicated then it needs to be?

  • nieooj gotoy
    nieooj gotoy Month ago

    "I'll take you to a bar where it only costs 150 yen." Cashier: okay sir that will be ¥150k

  • Kern
    Kern Month ago +25

    1. It doesn’t dilute slower but just looks very clean
    2. It isnt just japanese its more like bars that don’t get more than 2 orders per hour and cost a house per drink

    • Kern
      Kern 28 days ago

      @Platinum Sky but as i said, technically he’s obvs right, i just pointed out that you don’t technically need it

    • Kern
      Kern 28 days ago

      @Platinum Sky I wanted to make a claim regarding consistency aswell as mass, sry i phrased it wrong, i meant more ice close to one another on a molecular level. Also it melting 7% more after 10 minutes is insignificant because most of the time theres a total of 10-12cl of actual drink in the glass (if it’s a cocktail) and 4cl if its a whisky (or about 5.5 in an old fashioned), which most people drink in or in less than 10 minutes. Not to mention that an old fashioned and cocktails are already diluted because they are shaken, which makes the 7% of additional dilution even more insignificant.
      The 4cl of whisky aren’t meant to be served on ice or in a tumbler anyways imo.

    • Platinum Sky
      Platinum Sky 28 days ago +1

      @Kern Actually it's not, to begin with your second comment makes a claim regarding a difference in total mass of water which he debunks in his video, the second part claiming that it's insignificant, which again is debunked in the video, basically everything that you just said was completely untrue.

    • Kern
      Kern 28 days ago +1

      @MikuRio look at my second comment , pretty much exactly what i said

    • MikuRio
      MikuRio 28 days ago

      @Kern what about now after he debunks yo ass

  • Minananananan
    Minananananan Month ago

    Oh yes clear ice doesn’t melt I always forget the chemical composition changes so much then regular water

  • No Bo
    No Bo Month ago +1

    dude that is so much uneccerary work at best you can use a mold but then again watching someone breaking their back and doing stupid work is oddly satisfying and ultimately makes the drinking experience better lol

  • Shridhar Sarraf
    Shridhar Sarraf 29 days ago

    I wonder how it doesn't melts during this process,
    i just put ice out of my freezer and it melts so fastly

  • Zulfikar Thora Wibowo

    Yes, i read about this too on grand blue. If you order a screwdriver, they will always give you the flat tip and not the plus tip

  • Andreas Tsiapis
    Andreas Tsiapis Month ago +2

    Drinking in a coffee glass from Kruve… love it.

  • Lakiela Renea
    Lakiela Renea Month ago

    I wanna eat it! 😩

  • Snehadeep Bapat
    Snehadeep Bapat Month ago

    Wow! The Japanese are just made different I guess. Never fail to amaze 😯

    • Snehadeep Bapat
      Snehadeep Bapat Month ago

      @Robert Harris Yes that's the sad part🙁

    • Robert Harris
      Robert Harris Month ago

      Yeah. They jave the highest suicide rate of any first world country.

  • from the future
    from the future Month ago +1

    who else first thought that's a real diamond 💎

  • Miku is my waifu
    Miku is my waifu Month ago +228

    The only shocking thing I think they made a anime about bartending and it's actually good

    • trhyr
      trhyr 8 days ago

      mf really put anime and reality together

    • Avarice
      Avarice Month ago

      I also recommend madoromi barmaid or sleepy barmaid and if you prefer a game there's va-11 hall-a or valhalla

    • ̅ ̅
      ̅ ̅ Month ago +1


      THE-LAG-GAMER ITA Month ago +6

      @Tanner Irvine damn you're insecure

    • Miku is my waifu
      Miku is my waifu Month ago +1

      @Michael Harto yeah I was trying to find a anime and suddenly found this gem

  • Paramilitary Pandemic

    Imagine waiting for a drink there. Get there at 10 an when he finally hands you the drink he says last call

  • Sgt_Derpguy _25
    Sgt_Derpguy _25 Month ago

    "I'll take you to a bar where it only costs 150 yen."
    Cashier: okay sir that will be ¥150k

  • Sp0rkenste1n
    Sp0rkenste1n Month ago

    You can buy beer out of vending machines in Japan. They also have cigarette machines in public areas too. I don't smoke anymore, but when I was in Tokyo I would buy a couple beers out of the nearby vending machine before I went back to my hotel room for the night.

  • National Hampter Federation

    Another great reason to move to Japan.

  • Mark von Schober
    Mark von Schober 28 days ago

    Would love one of those after I pay for my round of beers and it’s someone else’s turn….

  • Ariel Isall
    Ariel Isall Month ago

    Thanks for the ideas 💡

  • FolstrimHori
    FolstrimHori Month ago

    Almost makes me sad that I'm not huge into alcohol

  • F Rh
    F Rh Month ago

    That moment when you order your drinks without ice

  • Impress Divinity
    Impress Divinity Month ago

    I want one ❤️

  • Kaylee Gridley
    Kaylee Gridley Month ago

    Yeah ive been a professional bartender in NYC and I don't know of anyone that does this, including myself. Japan always goes above and beyond. Their tips must be killer though

  • Different Saturner
    Different Saturner Month ago

    Amazing! That knife must be too sharp!
    (Sat 04 Dec 2021 19h02)

  • Fiyah Fly oOOo
    Fiyah Fly oOOo Month ago

    That shaved ice looks good enough to eat

  • Ryne Murray
    Ryne Murray Month ago

    That is a beautiful thing 🔥🔥🔥

  • Dan
    Dan Month ago

    The sound of that ice being cut was like nails on a chalkboard to me

  • Yung Prodigy bih
    Yung Prodigy bih 27 days ago

    Japanese bar culture is like jewels, constantly praised but the price is unnecessary.

  • Raw chicken
    Raw chicken Month ago

    They melt the same but you're melting less ice when where's air bubbles so it disappears faster

    • Platinum Sky
      Platinum Sky 28 days ago

      The follow-up video he did actually debunks this

  • Anthony N
    Anthony N Month ago +2

    appreciate the effort but just give me my damn drink 😂

  • R
    R Month ago

    Imagine you just want a beer but there's this dude ordering a round of ice diamonds.

  • Isaiah Thomas
    Isaiah Thomas Month ago

    New style to add to my bar tending skill

  • Shane Coyle
    Shane Coyle Month ago +232

    Its cool I will admit. But at the same time if its gonna be 10 euro more expensive for an admittedly cool piece of ice then I aint buying it.

    • mmm
      mmm Month ago

      @Skull tip at the end or start off with a tip you might get a free beer or a strong drink 😏 at weddings tip the bartender on your first drink if it's open bar they'll hook you up

    • Lane Zuspan
      Lane Zuspan Month ago +2

      @Shane Coyle I’ve only ever tipped just before I leave.

    • Skull
      Skull Month ago +1

      @Shane Coyle never done it cause I’m not 21, but from my understanding you open a tab that you only pay for as you leave, and I assume that’s when you tip.

    • Shane Coyle
      Shane Coyle Month ago

      @Mr Knarf I was about to say not In Ireland, but 6-7 euro (Which gets you the cheaper cocktails) is probably pretty close to 10 dollars.
      Actually quick question in America do you guys tip for every drink they make (even something simple like pulling a pint) or is it at the end of the night?

    • Mr Knarf
      Mr Knarf Month ago +5

      What you're paying at any bar for a cocktail is 10$ more than cost anyway, so you might as well at least get some cool ice with it

  • Fløcke
    Fløcke Month ago

    Me at the bar: Dude just give me my drink already it's the 3rd time you making me watch this for 2 minutes

  • Henry Furnell
    Henry Furnell Month ago

    Loved the ice cartoon at the end 🤣

  • xRETROx
    xRETROx 7 days ago

    And heres me just pouring a drink into a cup like a absolute peasant 😂

  • Jeremiah M
    Jeremiah M Month ago +1

    "That's a sweet diamond, man, but I'm 7 whiskey sours into this evening, and I don't give a shit how good you are at ice sculpting."

  • Bossilays i
    Bossilays i Month ago

    Yeah the diamond is so real that my diamond testing machine detect it as REAL

  • Alec Niyonkuru
    Alec Niyonkuru Month ago +4

    "sir, I want 5 shots"

    *"okay, It will be ready in 2 to 3 business days"*

  • Loud Mein
    Loud Mein 24 days ago

    “Ugh, can I just get my drink” 😂

  • Nuwa777
    Nuwa777 Month ago +2

    Meanwhile, me: dude....I was just ordering a glass of water.....

  • Xeon
    Xeon 10 days ago +1

    Bro how could you resist the urge not eat the little ice shavings?

  • Andrew The Andrew
    Andrew The Andrew Month ago

    I feel like not every bartender does this lol

  • Jayden Babayden
    Jayden Babayden Month ago

    Wait so where do the excess ice shavings go in the video?😂

  • BigManRui
    BigManRui Month ago

    How do you drink it when there’s a diamond ice cube plugging the glass?

  • TheJewelDragon
    TheJewelDragon 24 days ago

    I would legit grab it and take a bite out of it. I love eating ice. Make people suffer on all levels 😈

  • Alexceedᴮᵒᵗ
    Alexceedᴮᵒᵗ Month ago +1

    Im down to wait 2 minutes to see that beautiful ice diamond