Call him Mr. Freeze: Eric Alperin on ice and building LA’s best cocktails

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Eric Alperin refers to ice as “the bartender’s flame” the focal point from which all cocktails are built. Block ice, favored by Alperin, has less surface area and properly dilutes a drink. From the cracking of the tin to the ice going into a mixing glass to an aggressive shake, the sound of ice will tell you what’s happening in a cocktail. He freezes blocks up to two to three days and has a whole chapter devoted to ice in his memoir “ Unvarnished .”

With honey syrup and lime juice, The Brazilian Fix is the perfect summer cocktail according to bartender Eric Aleperin. Photo courtesy of Harper Wave



Evan Kleiman