How to Quickly Chill a Drink in 2 Minutes




Introduction: How to Quickly Chill a Drink in 2 Minutes

I show how to quickly chill a drink with only a bowl, water, ice, and salt. It will take about 2 minutes to chill the drink. This is a quick and easy trick that won’t dilute a beverage like adding ice cubes to it would do. Perfect for cooling any canned/bottled drinks it could even work on wine and champagne but make a little longer as they typically have thicker glass bottles.

To chill a beverage in a freezer it would take about 20-25 minutes. If you put the beverage in a bucket of ice, that would cut the time in half. If you were to add water to the ice it would take about 4-6 minutes. But if you add salt in the ice water, you would reduce the chill time to just over 2 minutes. Agitating the can in the water by stirring it reduces the chill time even more.

Step 1: What You Will Need

- A Beverage

- Bowl

- Ice Cubes

- Water

- A Spoon

- Salt

Step 2: Instructions

1. Fill a thick glass bowl with water and ice. The thicker and more insulated the bowl, the better. It should be able to trap the cold water and ice mixture.

2. Add as much ice to the water as you can, but still be able to submerge the beverage. If you just need to chill one or a few drinks a 50/50 mix of ice and water is a good rule of thumb. If you have to chill many drinks, you're better off using a cooler or larger container.

3. Add a tablespoon or two of salt into the ice water and stir. The salt will dissociate into its constituent sodium and chloride ions. The water molecules, being polar, will orient themselves accordingly. This requires energy which comes from thermal energy in the water, thus reducing the ambient temperature of the ice water further.

4. Put your drinks in the ice water solution and rapidly stir them. Stirring the drinks will help the heat transfer out of your drink and into the ice solution more quickly.

5. Wait about two minutes. The temperature should have fallen dramatically in a very short time.

6. If it needs more time chilling, stir the remaining drinks in the salted ice water for another minute or two.

7. It should now be about the perfect temperature to quench your thirst.

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    11 Discussions

    You have some well done videos and worthwhile tutorials, BUT, at least change a little more verbiage for your instructable(s) and make it your own or give credit to the appropriate source out of courtesy. In this case:

    Except for the fact a lot of it is verbatim, this reminds me of when I would plagiarize the encyclopedia for a high school report and just changed or switched around a few words. Just one author's opinion.

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    Funny, I posted a very similar set of instructions on here back in 2014.

    Similar instructables are fairly common (just search Harry Potter Wand and you'll find 1,235,821.5 of them), but at least make it original. Yours was straight and to the point, but you get a C- for the Miller64.

    Both answers, the molecular orientation, and the colder ice are true, and they are mutually exclusive for the most part. Neither is the complete story though. For a more complete explanation, Google "water phase change." There is some small energy absorption in the dissociation or the NaCl molecule (it is a slightly endothermic process.) However, it is the energy absorption in the phase change from solid to a liquid that is being sought from the molecules dissociating from the solid into the more energic liquid phase. It requires a tremendous amount of energy to be taken into the water to get those molecules running around as a liquid. The polar nature of water and the salt causes that transition to take place, in a sense more easily and thus at a lower temperature. It is a highly endothermic process and heat is absorbed. It is not just colder ice or just molecular orientation.


    1 year ago

    You can also wrap the can/bottle in a wet paper towel, put it in the freezer and in about 4 minutes, it's cold.

    All of these methods work, I like wet paper towel as it's handy and doesn't take up much space in the freezer.

    (saw this on mythbusters I think, been doing it this way ever since!)

    I've done in the past. Works like a charm every time. Living here in Arizona-having an Ice cold drink is always a plus (in the summer).

    If the ice comes from a freezer that is much colder than 32 degrees F (0 C), then the ice water and salt can actually freeze the contents of the cans. Very cold brine is what wine makers use to freeze the top part of the bottles which forms ice, allowing the removal of the original corks during fermentation, and replacing them with the newer corks or plastic stoppers for retail sales.

    Clever, but the explanation is incorrect. Salt lowers the freezing point of water. Thus, the ice melts at a temperature of less than 32F producing water that is less than 32F. This increases the heat transfer (cooling). This is the same reason why salt is used to make homemade ice cream.

    Big Thanks to Mr Fahrenheit for "discovering" the coldest mix he knew of (Ice & Salt) and making that the Zero of his temperature scale ! The mix reaches an incredible -17.78°C (or 32°F below the freezing point of water)

    Yo that's some serious science. Great idea!

    I've resorted to throwing drinks into ice water to chill them, but never thought to add salt! Excellent, simple idea.