Discover a Cocktail Ice Gem in the Opal Nugget Ice Maker

Ice is important at every stage of cocktail creation. It’s required for shaking, or serving straight up. It’s the rocks you pour over. And most importantly, it’s even a key factor in the end visual presentation that helps to prep your palette for what’s to come.

The Opal Nugget Ice Maker creates a very different kind of ice than traditional rocks. As the name of the product implies, it makes nuggets ice – small, soft, pelletized ice, recently made popular by the Sonic food chain. To get this style of ice, you either had to go to nearby Sonic locations and purchase it by the bag – each and every time you desire this ice – or to purchase a $3,000+ commercial ice maker. But now, the Opal Nugget Ice Maker makes nugget ice at home a reality.

Nugget ice is softer and melts easier, resulting in extremely cold drinks. Nugget ice tends to water down a cocktail slightly faster, making it easier to enjoy at the first sip, rather than experience that spirit burn. Nugget ice also is fun to simply chew and chomp on completely sans any drink. And it tends to hold the flavor of a drink well in the ice nugget’s little nooks and crannies.


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But the biggest appeal for nugget ice? Presentation. The nugget ice produced by the Opal makes some stunning, picturesque drinks that beg to be consumed.

The Opal Nugget Ice Maker is whisper-quiet, easy-to-setup, and even easier to use – just fill the reservoir with water, and it starts making ice within 15 minutes. Come back in an hour and you’ll have a pound of nugget ice waiting for you. It’s also self-cycling, meaning as the ice melts down in the machine, it is re-frozen into fresh ice at regular intervals for as much as 3 lbs of ice storage capacity.

Forget driving to Sonic or the tired, traditional ice cubes; the Opal Nugget Ice Maker is only $499 and is created by GE’s FirstBuild – so you can rest assured that this is an appliance quality machine that will last you years of great drinks.