Last Call

Chill Drinks Extra Fast, With SCIENCE.

Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column.

It's happened to you. At least, I secretly hope it's happened to you. It's happened to me more than enough times. Friends are on their way over. While you're prepping some snacks for their arrival, you realize that the drinks you bought are still sitting on the counter. Your friends are due to arrive in five minutes. What are you going to do?

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It's much too late to stick the drinks in the refrigerator. At this point, most people's first instinct is to bury them in ice in the freezer. That doesn't help as much as you like, it only shaves a couple of minutes off the fridge chilling time. And, there's the risk you might forget one or two bottles in the freezer. I don't know about you, but I'm not keen on cleaning frozen beer slush and shards of glass off everything in my freezer. Friends, this is where science comes in. There's not one, but two (literally) cool tricks that you can put together to get your drinks ice-cold in the blink of an eye.

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