Can we talk about whiskey stones for a minute? Every blog I read is singing the praises of whiskey stones as a gift for the man in your life. But ladies, while the stones may look cool and sound cool, they do not, I repeat, do NOT, keep your drink cold.
My male friends are serious drinkers of whiskey, bourbon and rye. Get on the wait list for Pappy Van Winkle, travel hundreds of miles just to buy that special bottle, keep a whiskey tasting diary (also a good gift), serious. And the only thing these gents agree on is that whiskey stones are a waste of money, but ice molds are the bomb.
The spherical ice molds above are the ideal choice because they melt slowly and evenly. If you serve more than two cubes at a time, you might also consider this silicon tray that makes six large cubes.
So skip the pretty stones that the other lady bloggers tell you to buy, and pick up the ice molds that actually get the job done. Oh, and if you were not one of the happy few who made it to the top of the Pappy Van Winkle wait list this year, check out this Bon Appetit article on affordable, great tasting bourbons and ryes.