Step 2: What to do:

Put the un-chilled beverage in the bucket. Current temp is  80 degrees F
Add ice and generously spread salt as you add the ice.
When the beverage is covered, then fill the bucket with water just to the top of the ice but not over the top of the bucket.
Relax for a few minutes.
You could stir on occasion.
Left thermometer in beverage to watch the temperature.
Temp went down to 60 degrees F in a minute or so
I added a second beverage in a smaller bottle at 100 degrees F  to see the effects on it.  Down to 80 degrees pretty quick, might be affecting the larger bottle. Large bottle now only 50 degrees. Added salt.
My personal fav is a large rubbermaid garbage can, put a large garbage bag in there, FILL WITH WATER, then get 2 to 3 blocks of ice and put them in. This works great with 2 liter bottles .
Maybe I should of did a comparison with ice cream salt vs table salt. To be honest, when I do make ice cream or the like I just use table salt. It is so much cheaper.
Soooo....ice in a bucket. Never heard of that one before. Although the salt is an added bonus. That's how you get sub freezing temps when you make homemade icecream.
Ah, but that's the thing. Most people stop at ice in a bucket because "that makes things cold". They don't understand that it takes salt to allow sub-freezing temps, and water to allow more surface area for the transfer of thermal energy.
Thank you for the comments.
We used to let our girls sell soft drinks when we had garage sales. Salt was the secret ingredient to making them colder than cold. One problem though was the diet drinks don't have enough sugar in them to keep them from freezing...so they froze, expanded, and broke the cans open.

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