1. Girl Scout Cookies and Cocktails

    With spring just around the corner, it's getting warmer and that means two things. Girl Scout cookies and iced drinks are about to become the thing to eat and drink. Instead of a cold class of milk with your Do-Si-Dos, why not try a few of these unique and tasty cocktails instead? Feed your childhood and your adult appetites at once.

    First, you'll want tastes that complement, not mirror, the tastes of the cookies that you're serving the cocktails with. If you like Caramel deLights (formerly Samoas), pair them with this tasty iced cocktail. The rum pairs well with the chocolate and the coconut of the cookies.

    Hola Arepa's “We Surfed Here” Cocktail

    2 oz Brugal Anejo Rum
    ¾ oz grapefruit juice
    ½ oz lime juice
    ¾ oz cinnamon syrup
    3 dashes habanero bitters

    Shake all ingredients over ice and then strain into an iced Collins glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

    Hola Arepa's “Tea Time”

    2 oz Bulleit Rye
    ½ oz Earl Grey Tea syrup*
    ½ oz Fernet Branca
    2 dashes Angostura Bitters

    *To make the Earl Grey Tea Syrup: steep Earl Grey Tea in 1 cup hot water until ready. Add 1 cup of granulated sugar, bring to a boil, stir until dissolved.

    Stir all of your ingredients over ice until chilled. Then, strain and serve in a wine glass. Garnish with a slice of lemon peel after expressing over the cocktail.

    Any one of these chilled cocktails can help to cool you off as it begins to warm up. Pairing them with the Girl Scout Cookies while relaxing in the yard only makes it that much better.


    Hola Arepa has come from humble beginnings as a food truck to being one of the most popular Minneapolis restaurant and bar locations.


  2. The Hoshizaki F-801MWH

    Any manager of at a grocery seafood counter or sushi chef knows that having enough flake ice on hand to keep what is being offered fresh is a first priority. Seafood and meats require cold in order to stay fresh and safe. Hoshizaki has been a leader in ice machine technology for decades. The F-801MWH flake ice machine from Hoshizaki is a part of their Slim-Line Series and when paired with one of Hoshizaki’s ice storage bins, will be sure to have enough flake ice for even the busiest retail or restaurant operation.

    Features of the F-801MWH

    The F-801MWH can makes between 600-800 pounds of flake ice every 24 hours. It has standard flake ice heads for larger scale ice requirements. This ice machine is water cooled and uses less energy than similar air cooled units with its self-contained; two-process water cooled condensing system. Built in to this flake ice machine is Hoshizaki’s CleanCycle12® technology which automatically flushes the machine for 15 minutes every twelve hours in order to remove sediments in the water and give you the cleanest ice. It also helps optimize operation and extend the overall life of the machine.

    This flake machine requires 115V electricity, condenser supply line, an ice maker drain line, and condenser/return drain line for an open system or copper wire tubing for a closed loop system. Contact our friendly customer service number to get more information, specifications and current pricing. You can chat with someone live on our website or call us toll-free at 1-877-900-4423 Monday through Thursday from 8a.m.-12a.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. EST.

  3. Ice-Preserved Mummy Recreated with 3D Printing

    A famous 5,300 year old Iceman mummy, perhaps better known by his nickname of “Ötzi", because he was found in the Ötzal Alps by hikers in 1991, has now been recreated by making use of 3D printing technology.

    Because Ötzi is the oldest European natural mummy, he has to be kept at a constant icy temperature at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy in order to avoid damaging or degrading him in any way.

    How 3D Printing Saved the Day

    Being locked away in an icy vault has kept him from the curious eyes of the public who are interested in learning more about Ötzi. In the interests of making the Iceman mummy more accessible to the general public, the Dolan DNA Learning Center commissioned museum artist Gary Staab ( to recreate Ötzi by making use of CAT Scans and 3D printing techniques. After approximately 2000 hours of intense work, Staab and his team were able to recreate every detail of Ötzi, down to the textures of skin that look very life-like.

    For the process of scanning, Staab was the only one who was allowed to touch Ötzi and only for a very limited amount of time. Staab had to wear scrubs and other precautions to avoid contaminating Ötzi with his own DNA.

    Once the scans were completed, Staab worked with Belgian 3D printing company Materialise ( to turn the scans into a 3D printed model that could be used to make an exact replica of the mummy. Because of the nature of the CAT scans, many of the finer details could not be recreated by the printer. Details such as the skin, portions of the mummy that had been damaged and the hands had to be recreated through sculpting and painting techniques done by Staab and his team.

    The startlingly real-looking replica of the Iceman mummy is now on display at the DNA Learning Center, while a second replica mummy will be a part of an exhibition that will travel to various museums before he is finally displayed at the Tyrol Museum in Italy. Plans for a third replica mummy to be displayed in New York are also planned.

  4. Ice-O-Matic ICE0520HA-CD40022 Air-Cooled Ice Machine w/ Hotel Dispenser

    Hotel guests often need ice. Whether it's for general drinks or to fill a bucket full of ice to chill wine or champagne, ice is a necessity. Because not all hotels provide every room with a freezer to make their own ice, they need ice machines to do the job for them.

    The Ice-O-Matic ICE0520HA-CD40022 is a combination of the Ice-O-Matic ICE0520HA ice machine with the CD40022 Hotel dispenser.

    A Great Hotel and Motel Ice Machine

    This model produces up to 520 lbs of half-cube sized ice per 24 hour period. Each cube measures approximately 7/8” x 7/8” x 3/8” in size. Retailers love this size ice because the more ice, the less beverage needed to fill a glass. The smaller ice cube size also means fewer chances that the dispenser will jam. The built in ice bin will store up to 120 lbs of ice at a time, meaning that you will always have ice on hand for your guests.

    The ICE0520HA-CD40022 does require a 115-volt 60 Hz 1-phase power source. Also needed is an incoming water line and a drain to purge water left over after the ice production cycle.

    The CD40022 dispenser has a large dispensing chute and a push button activation feature. The dispensing area is wide enough to accommodate ice buckets used at a majority of hotels. The Turbo Dispense Technology incorporated into the dispenser allows for dispensing ¼ pound of ice per second.

    Additional attributes of this machine include the Harvest Assist technology, allowing for a shorter ice production cycle. Built into each surface that comes into contact with water and ice is the Pure Ice antimicrobial protection. This helps to ward against bacterial build up that can lead to slime and mold.

    Ice-O-Matic delivers with the warranty as well. The ICE0520HA-CD40022 comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor for the ice machine. Also included is a 5-year parts coverage for the evaporator and the condenser. The dispenser comes with a 3-year warranty for parts and labor as well.

    If your hotel business is in need of an ice machine, the Ice-O-Matic ICE0520HA-CD40022 is certainly a choice worthy of your consideration.

  5. Scotsman C0322SA-HD22B-1H Small Cube Ice Machine w/ Hotel Dispenser

    Hotels need ice for their residents and temporary occupants. Since not every hotel provides a refrigerator in their rooms, they need to have ice machines with dispensers. These machines must be able to keep up with the demand that the customers place on them.

    The Scotsman C0322SA-HD22B-1H ice machine and hotel dispenser produces small cube ice. Capable of producing up to 366 lbs of this small cube ice every 24 hours and capable of storing 120 lbs of ice, the C0322SA-HD22B will be sure to meet the ice needs of your guests and staff.

    A Green Hotel Ice Machine

    The C0322SA-HD22B is also economical and environmentally friendly. It is air-cooled so that there is less water used during the ice-making process. The ice-maker itself is Energy Star certified and the dispenser is insulated with a polyurethane foam.

    The C0322SA-HD22B that simplify operation and maintenance. AutoAlert external indicator lights will inform the owner and operators of the unit's status. Scotsman's AquaArmor antimicrobial technology infuses the Agion metallic antiseptic compound into every surface that comes into contact with ice or water. This reduces the bacterial build up that contributes to slime and mold. A removable top panel makes cleaning the dispenser possible without removing the machine head.

    The push chute design allows for easy dispensing of ice and the width of the dispenser accommodates many different ice buckets. The Scotsman C0322SA-HD22B can be installed on each floor of the hotel or in hotel lobbies.

    Scotsman's warranties are outstanding as well. The C0322SA-HD22B comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and labor for all components. You will also get 5-years parts and labor on the evaporator. The compressor and condenser come with a 5-year warranty on parts. The dispenser has a 3-year warranty for parts and labor.

    The Scotsman C0322SA-HD22B is a model that was built with hotel use in mind. It will meet the needs of a facility that has moderate ice consumption.

  6. Cocktail Competition by Ice-O-Matic

    Do you think you can rock a bar? Can you craft unique and appetizing cocktails of your own design? Are you the type of mixologist that likes to experiment to hone your craft? If you answered yes, then you might have what it takes to win Ice-O-Matic's contest.

    In a competition spanning the U.K., leading manufacturer Ice-O-Matic is looking for the “coolest” cocktail bartender. The leading ice-machine manufacturer is hosting a contest to search for the most creative and innovative mixologists the U.K. has to offer.

    What's the Prize?

    The winner of the “Cocktails on Ice” competition will receive a stay for two at the famous Icehotel for two nights. They'll also get to spend two days in Sweden.

    The contest is open to anyone age 18 and older currently working in the hospitality industry inside the U.K. Hopefuls must first register their interest at They then must submit a 90-second video of their cocktail making prowess along with three recipes. One of these recipes must feature a unique or innovative use of ice.

    Entrants will then be whittled down to the final six contestants. They will participate in the Grand Live Finals at Imbibe Live! In London on July 4th and 5th.

    For full rules and contest details, visit

  7. Making Cocktail Ice Balls

    Sometimes you've just got to step up your bartending skills. You could be like Tom Cruise in that movie and toss around bottles of alcohol. Or, you could skillfully carve ice into various shapes for your cocktails. Or, you could learn this technique.

    Making a cocktail ice ball isn't as difficult as it looks. You'll just need a few tools and some patience.

    How to do it


    • Seasoning injector/syringe
    • Small hammer
    • Small funnel
    • Standard ice ball mold
    • Soldering iron (not necessary, but makes things easier)


    1. Fill your ice ball mold with tap or filtered water and place into the freezer.
    2. Freeze it so that just about ¼ centimeter of the shell is frozen..
    3. Halfway through the freezing process, flip the mold around so that it freezes evenly.
    4. If you're using your soldering iron, plug it in now to get it warm.
    5. Remove the ice ball mold from the freezer and run cold water over it to loosen it.
    6. Use the soldering iron to melt and pierce the top of the ice ball. Make sure the hole is big enough for the funnel to fit.
    7. Use the seasoning injector/syringe to remove the remaining water from the ice ball.
    8. Store the ice balls inside a container in your freezer until ready for use. Make sure that the hole is facing upwards.
    9. When ready, prepare your favorite cocktail or spirit.
    10. Use the funnel to pour your cocktail or spirit inside the ice ball.
    11. Garnish the top of the hole according to taste.
    12. Once served, crack the ice ball with the hammer.
    13. Enjoy!

    Making these ice ball cocktails is a bit of a labor intensive process, but it will no doubt astound and entertain your guests.

    You can view a video of the process here.


  8. Hoshizaki Hotel Ice Machines

    hoshizaki hotel ice We work a lot with people in the restaurant industry, but we’re also pretty tight with folks who are in the hotel industry.  Hotel ice machines are crucial to keeping hotel’s guests happy for when they want to get a nightcap or simply want to have something for the soda that they’ve gotten from the vending machine.

    Most of the ice machines that go into hotels are mid-range ones. Usually, the more firepower that you’ve got in a machine, the more that you pay – and since hoteliers are purchasing in bulk, overpowered machines might not be feasible.  You don’t want to overdo it, as you’ll have a lot of the ice machine’s power going unused.

    One of the better machines for the end of the hall is the combination Hoshizaki ice machine which has both an ice machine head and a dispenser for the guests.  The bucket area is low enough for everyone on this. This machine is both ENERGY STAR certified and ADA Compliant.  It has a self-contained air-cooled condenser and produces crescent cubes for everyone who needs them at a nice 325 pounds of ice per day.

    A hotel doesn’t need to be without ice.  By installing this hotel ice machine, you can encourage your guests to stay a little longer. 

  9. Crashed Ice Champion Crowned

    Winter sports have come a long way since the days of simple dowhill skiing and ice dancing. Now, you have “extreme sports” which include death-defying drops from helicopters onto snowy slopes. There are even ice skating races that are held over what can only be described as obstacle courses.

    In St. Paul, Minnesota the internationally ranked Red Bull Crashed Ice Championship race was held. The race began at the Cathedral of St. Paul, held on a track that included a total of a 90-foot drop over it's 1,200-ft length. Obstacles presented to racers included hairpin turns, step-ups drop offs, gaps, and other obstacles. Racers have to navigate these pitfalls at speeds reaching up to and over 40 mph.

    Skaters raced against one another in heats containing 4 racers on the track at the same time. The pool of racers was narrowed to 64 competitors on Friday. By Saturday, only 32 remained. Of those 32, only one could be crowned the champion.

    Weather Didn't Slow them Down

    Despite mild temperatures reaching into the upper 30s to the low 50s, organizers were not concerned about the weather having an effect on the track. The track is refrigerated much like an indoor hockey or ice skating rink.

    A local Minnesotan proved to be the fastest on the track. Cameron Naasz of Lakeville, Minnesota, became the first American to win the championship. He posted a time of 30.24 seconds, barely edging out Canada's Scott Croxall. It was Naasz's third Crushed Ice victory this season.

    Canadian athlete Jacqueline Legere took the women's championship title.

  10. How Penguins Prevent Becoming Walking Snowballs

    Penguins are cute, waddling birds that have captured collective “awwes” since before the release of a movie featuring a tap-dancing penguin. Despite the fact that penguins live in some of the coldest climates imaginable, they never seem to turn into walking snow or ice balls. Science has been researching why in the name of trying to replicate it.

    A new study has shown how penguins, some species of which endure temperatures of up to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, prevent ice from forming on their feathers. Each penguin feather is comprised of nanoscale ridges along with interlocking hooks that repels ice rather than letting it form. The feather structure, which is also water repellent, makes the penguins super-slippery so that ice cannot stick to them.

    Could Lead to Materials Advances

    Researchers have been studying the penguin feathers in the hopes of replicating them in the form of a coating which can then be used on aircraft or window coatings.

    Scientists at Beihang University in Beijing found that they could spray the feathers with super-cooled water for a few hours without any ice forming at all. Their work has been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.

    While their research consisted of studying Humboldt penguins, it is thought that all penguins have similar feather structures.

    Although the structure of the penguin's feather is too complicated to replicate completely, scientists are focusing on the nanoscale fibers and the microscale distances between them. Their work could lead to the discovery of new ice-resistant materials. Currently, most super hydrophobic materials are prone to allowing ice crystals to form on their surface. This can lead to new breakthroughs in coatings as well as winter-weather clothing.

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