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Can Filtered Water Improve the Taste of Cocktails?

Shaken, stirred, on the rocks — your favorite cocktail, whether it be a standard Old Fashioned or a classic margarita, wouldn’t be the same without its signature ice. As you savor your cocktail over dinner or while catching up with friends, the diluted ice can roughly make up 25% of what you’re drinking, according to Food Republic.

When making your Mojito ice may be an afterthought, but the importance of water quality when concocting an alcoholic drink at home cannot be overstated.

Importance of Water Quality for Cocktails

Unfiltered water can contain chemicals, minerals, organic matter, and other contaminants that can compromise the quality of your ice. Here are just some of the issues you may run into if you rely on ice made using unfiltered tap water:

  • Hard Water Minerals — Water hardness, or its relative concentration of minerals, can have a considerable effect on the solvency of your ice and the final taste of your cocktail. Some distillers enjoy using hard water due to its elevated magnesium and calcium content, while some prefer the velvety, silky nature of water that has been treated for hardness.

  • Chlorine — This common municipal water disinfectant can carry an overpowering odor. Filtering your water can reduce the level of disinfectants like chlorine and chloramine, so your cocktail doesn’t taste funky. Who wants a drink that reminds them of a swimming pool?

  • Well Contaminants — Well water is not regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homeowners are responsible for regularly treating their wells to reduce contaminants. Natural disasters like floods or the soil quality in your yard may cause bacteria, heavy metals like arsenic, and nitrates from fertilizers to infiltrate your water. These compounds can negatively alter the taste, smell, and clarity of your ice.

Impressive Cocktails to Make at Home

Once you’re preparing your cocktails with filtered water, you can branch out and try a variety of drinks that are elevated by high-quality ice. An experienced mixologist or an enthusiastic dabbler can execute these simple recipes.

  • Pineapple Iced Cocktail — Pick up a pack of your favorite brand of pineapple-flavored sparkling water. Fill two tall glasses with ice made with filtered water. Add two shots of rum (we prefer Captain Morgan) and fill most of the glass with sparkling water. Stir, garnish with a sprig of mint leaves, and enjoy!

  • Crush and Swizzle — Who can say no to pomegranate juice? Mix 1.5 ounces of pomegranate juice, one ounce of white rum, and one-fourth ounce in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain your drink into a champagne glass filled with ice. Add two ounces of prosecco before serving.

  • The Merchant’s Wife — This concoction hails from Stella Rosa Pizza Bar in Santa Monica. First, fill a wine glass with ice made with filtered water and garnish with a watermelon slice. Muddle an ounce of simple syrup and a couple of two-inch watermelon chunks in a cocktail shaker. Add one ounce each of Aperol, gin, club soda, and lemon juice to your shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously before straining your cocktail into your ice-filled wine glass.

Improve Your Water Quality With Pentair Pelican Water

You have an exhaustive selection of spirits, mixers, bitters, and fancy cocktail shakers. So what else do you need to create a smooth, incredibly tasty cocktail? Great ice! To remedy most ice quality problems, rely on point-of-entry solutions like Pentair Pelican Water Softener Alternative & Filter Combination Systems. Choosing a comprehensive treatment solution will help limit the effect that chlorine or hard water minerals could have on the quality and taste of the ice in your kitchen. You can expect trusted, cleaner water whether you’re showering, cleaning vegetables, or making a third round of Crush and Swizzles (we won’t tell).

Using filtered water can also contribute to better-tasting home-brewed beer. How did your at-home cocktails turn out when you relied on filtered water for your ice? Let us know on Instagram (@pelicanwatersystems) and Twitter (@PelicanWater).