How to Cool Drinks Quickly Using Salt, Water and Ice

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Have you had a time where you wanted or needed a cool drink and realized everything you have is hot? How about needing to cool drinks quickly for a party, sports event or just to have while spending time outside? I have a very easy and quick way to cool drinks quickly using salt, water and ice in a large container.

The perfect drinks to cool with this method would be bottles of water, Gatorade, sodas in a can or even food items for a picnic where the drink is better served in the container rather than poured over ice. If you don’t have all day to wait on something to chill in the fridge, this method will save you time and hassle.

Here’s how I cool drinks quickly in the summer. You will need:

  • 2 cups of ice
  • 2 cups of salt
  • enough water to cover your drinks completely (about 2 cups of water)
  • a large tub to hold several drinks, ice and water

Put it all together:

  • Add drinks in to a large tub.
  • Cover with ice, water and then sprinkle salt over the ice and mix around.
  • Wait about 5 minutes and come back to icy cold drinks to enjoy.

Keep size in mind for the container you are using. I am using a Brita UltraMax for my post which fit about 4 bottles of water and 4 Izze drink cans. If you have not tried Izze drinks yet, you are missing out! We found them on sample day at Costco and they were served ice cold! I had the apple flavor and it is delicious! No added sugars, no preservatives and was test taste approved by my 5 and 7 year olds!

Tip: If using a water pitcher like I did, make sure to rinse well when finished so the salt does not dry out the rubber gasket where the spout is. You could also use a larger ratio of salt, water and ice in a cooler for sporting events.

Using this method, I can chill drinks quickly for:

  • soccer games
  • beach days
  • backyard cookouts

So why the Brita UltraMax? When we are not using it to filter water it is getting used for other things and it has a spout making it super easy to drain water. I have two filtered water pitchers in the house so there is always a spare one to use. I used my Brita UltraMax for this project and have also used it as a make shift hand washing station when we lost power during Hurricane Matthew.

No power means no water pump. No water pump means no running water. No running water means no place to wash hands. Yuck! Problem solved when you crank up the generator long enough to build the pressure back up in the water pump. Then run water in to your Brita UltraMax and prop on the edge of the sink. This is the perfect make shift hand washing station when the power goes out!

Have you tried this method? Leave me a comment below and let me know what types of drinks you are chilling quickly this summer.


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