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Cocktail 101: How to Crack Ice

The easiest way to crack ice might be to wrap it in a tea towel or napkin, or pile it into a plastic bag, and slam it to shards with a mallet or rolling pin, while pretending it's a former flame or your landlord. But if you just want to crack three or four cubes to stir a martini over, or you're looking to impress a date or guest with your flashy technique, try this nifty method for cracking it in your hands with a bar spoon. More

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