Super Chill Your Drink in Just a Couple of Minutes

Coca-Cola GlassCamping trips usually start out the same – you arrive at your camp site, unload your vehicle, and setup your tent or trailer.  This is often done in some sweltering heat and leaves you sweating profusely and looking for a cold drink.

Have you ever gotten to this point and found that you brought the drinks, but forgot to put them in the fridge or cooler?  Now all you have is warm soda or beer to quench your thirst.

Well this simple trick can chill your canned or bottled drink to an incredibly cool temperature in just a couple of minutes.

Room temperature canned beverages are usually around 80 degrees (27 degrees Celsius).  That is a pretty nasty temperature when you are trying to get refreshed after working in the summer heat.  What you really want is a drink that’s around 45 degrees (7 degrees Celsius).

Enter the laws of thermodynamics.  Just add salt!

Well and some ice and water.  Salt reduces the freezing point of the water and allows it to become super chilled by the ice.  Here are the steps to quickly chill your drinks when you are in a pinch.

  1. Find a container to hold your drinks, ice and water.  A large mixing bowl will do.
  2. Place the ice and water into the container.  I use a 50% water to 50% ice mixture.
  3. Add a handful of salt (don’t be shy with the amount).
  4. Add your cans or bottles in and stir the mixture for a couple of minutes.
  5. Take your drinks out and enjoy.

This works great with any canned or bottled drink – especially when you need it quick!  If you’re interested in the science behind this trick, check out thermodynamics on Wikipedia.

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