While some local bars are carving custom ice to up their game, others are infusing ice with creative flavours and ingredients. Welcome to the world of artisanal ice cubes.

If, as Anthony Bourdain once said, the professional kitchen is a place where some people find a new family, Heat Laliberte found his in One Arrow, his Vancouver meat shop known for artisanal bacon.

That spicy wad of neon paste is actually simulacrum—only as real as the imitation crab in a California roll.