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Ice It Up: Choosing the Right Scotsman Ice Cube Shape for Your Business Needs

Ice is an essential component in many businesses, from restaurants and bars to healthcare facilities and convenience stores. Scotsman, a well-known brand in the commercial ice machine industry, offers a variety of ice cube shapes to fit the specific needs of different operations. In this blog post, we will discuss the different cube shapes of Scotsman ice and their unique uses to help you choose the best one for your operation.

1. Cube Ice

Scotsman's cube ice is the most common ice cube shape, often used in beverages due to its ability to chill drinks quickly and last longer without diluting the flavor. The cube shape is also perfect for bagging and storing for later use. Scotsman's cube ice comes in three different sizes: small, medium, and large:

Small Cube Ice

Scotsman's small cube ice is perfect for high-end drinks like scotch and cocktails, where you want to chill the drink quickly without diluting the flavor. The small cubes also have a longer melting time, allowing the drink to stay chilled for longer periods. The small cube ice is perfect for operations that require high-end drinks such as luxury hotels, high-end bars and fine dining restaurants.

Medium Cube Ice

Scotsman's medium cube ice is the most commonly used ice cube size, perfect for most drinks, including water, soda, iced tea, and cocktails. It melts more slowly than small cubes, making it a good choice for serving drinks over longer periods. Medium cube ice is perfect for operations that require a versatile ice cube shape, such as restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.

Gourmet Cube Ice

Scotsman's gourmet cube ice is larger than the medium and small cube ice, making it perfect for high-end cocktails and drinks. The large size of the ice cube allows it to melt slowly, keeping drinks colder for a longer period, and the cube shape is visually appealing, enhancing the overall presentation of drinks. Gourmet cube ice is perfect for operations that specialize in high-end drinks, such as bars, clubs, and hotels.

Big Cube Ice

Scotsman's big cube ice is the largest of the cube sizes, perfect for drinks served on the rocks. The larger size of the cube also means it melts more slowly, keeping the drink cooler for a longer period. Big cube ice is ideal for operations that serve whiskey, scotch, and other high-end spirits that are best served on the rocks, such as upscale bars and restaurants.

2. Flake Ice

Scotsman's flake ice is softer and more pliable than other cube shapes, making it ideal for seafood displays, salad bars, and blended drinks. Its unique texture also helps keep food fresh and at the perfect temperature. Flake ice is also ideal for blending as it breaks down easily, creating a smooth consistency.

3. Nugget Ice

Scotsman's nugget ice is small, chewable, and has a softer texture than other cube shapes. Nugget ice is ideal for healthcare facilities as it is easy to chew, making it a safer alternative to cube ice. It is also perfect for blended drinks, as it blends easily, creating a smooth consistency. Nugget ice is also ideal for fountain drinks as it absorbs flavors, giving drinks a more robust taste.

In conclusion, Scotsman offers a variety of ice cube shapes to fit the specific needs of different operations. The cube ice is perfect for bagging and storing, while flake ice is ideal for seafood displays and blended drinks. Nugget ice is perfect for healthcare facilities and blended drinks. By choosing the right ice cube shape for your operation, you can provide the best possible experience for your customers while ensuring that your ice machine is working efficiently.

Recipe Corner!

Ready to pair your Scotsman Cube Ice with a delicious summer drink? Here you go!

Strawberry Basil Gin Fizz


  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1/4 cup gin

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Club soda

  • Scotsman's cube ice


  1. In a blender, puree the strawberries and basil leaves until smooth.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the strawberry-basil puree, lime juice, gin, and honey. Shake until well combined.

  3. Fill a glass with Scotsman's cube ice.

  4. Pour the cocktail mixture over the ice.

  5. Top with club soda.

  6. Garnish with a slice of lime and a sprig of basil.

This Strawberry Basil Gin Fizz is the perfect refreshing cocktail for a hot summer day. The Scotsman's cube ice helps keep the drink cold without diluting the flavor, allowing the fresh strawberry and basil flavors to shine. Cheers!

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