6 Ice Cube Makers for All Your Favorite Cocktails

Upgrade your home bar with specialty ice trays and machines

In this modern world, different drinks call for different shapes of ice. A Negroni or Scotch on the rocks can benefit big time from a single large "king cube." A Dark 'n Stormy or any other simple highball cocktail can be fancified with long "spear" ice. And while you're at it, why not dress up your kid's (or your own) lemonade with some cute cubettes? Yes, having a variety of ice options does help with presentation, but the right ice can also keep your beverages from diluting too quickly. Most importantly, ice cube molds are fun, and that's what making cocktails is all about.

If you’re seeking the right ice cube makers to up your home bartending game, look no further than the picks below. Here are our favorite ice cube makers for keeping your drinks appropriately chilled.

Samuelworld Ice Cube Tray Large Size Silicone Flexible 8-Cavity Ice Maker

Samuelworld Ice Cube Tray Large Size Silicone Flexible 8 Cavity Ice Maker
King cubes for rocks drinks and lowball cocktailsAmazon

The Samuelworld Ice Cube Trays come in sets of two, and each tray produces eight cubes that are just under 2 by 2 inches. They are made with flexible silicone for easy squeezing. These trays also feature plastic tops to prevent spillage en route to the freezer. The size is also great for making cubes out of juice or infusing ice with flowers or herbs.

Better Kitchen Crystal-Clear Ice Ball Maker

Better Kitchen Crystal-Clear Ice Ball Maker
Perfect clear spheres for your best bourbon or ScotchAmazon

The Better Kitchen Crystal-Clear Ice Ball Maker comes with a two-cavity silicone mold to create 2.4-inch spheres of ice. The insulated immersion reservoir also prevents gas particles from sneaking in. You won't need bottled or distilled water to make these beautiful ice balls—just start with warm water, and the slow-freezing process will leave you with flawless ice that matches the purity of your favorite spirit.

Vinkoe Kitchen Silicone Collins Ice Cube Trays

Vinkoe Kitchen Silicone Collins Ice Cube Trays
Collins ice trays for long-sipping cocktailsAmazon

The Vinkoe Kitchen Silicone Collins Ice Cube Trays come in a set of two trays that each make four "cubes" of 5.25 x 1.25 x 1.25-inches. This collins or "spear" ice is ideal for a Gin and Tonic, Dark n' Stormy, or any of the other tall drinks that so often suffer at the hands of wimpy ice. These trays are heavy duty and can withstand both freezing temperatures as well as temps as high as 230 degrees. As a plus, you can use them as butter molds! Indulge!

Ouddy 3-Pack Silicone Ice Cube Molds with Lid

Ouddy 3 Pack Silicone Ice Cube Molds with Lid
Upgrade your everyday ice with these molds.Amazon

The Ouddy Silicone Ice Cube Molds creates 15 cubes each, making them the perfect ice trays for when you have a lot of guests over for a cocktail party. The molds come with lids to prevent spillage and contamination, and as a bonus, they're also dishwasher-safe and stackable.

Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker

Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker
Soft, crunchy, attractive ice for the advanced home barAmazon

This ice maker measures 15.5 x 10.5 x 17.2 inches—a manageable size for such a powerful machine. It can produce 24 pounds of ice a day, takes about 20 minutes per batch, and comes with a bin that holds up to three pounds at a time. It also has Bluetooth compatibility for scheduling batches, and sensors to ensure it stops making ice when the bin is full. This machine also conveniently doesn't need a hookup to a water source; simply plug it in, fill it with water, and any water collected from ice that has melted will be remade into ice.

Mziart Easy Release 60 Diamond-Shaped Cubes Maker

Mziart Easy Release 60 Diamond Shaped Cubes Maker
Make big batches of tiny diamond ice.Amazon

The Mziart Easy Release Mini Ice Cube Trays come as a fun set of four in blue, pink, green, and white, and each tray makes 60 small cubes. At 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.5 centimeters each, they're especially nice for blended drinks, wine spritzers, or punch bowls. The ice is also small enough to slip into the mouth of a bottled drink.