Using Rapid Drink Chillers
A rapid drink cooler can be useful during any number of occasions, especially during hot summer months when people are outside and enjoying drinks at large gatherings. For instance, if you need to provide six people with six cold drinks sooner than later, instead of throwing a six-pack in the freezer or a cooler full of ice and waiting for the drinks to chill, a rapid drink chiller should be able to satisfy everyone in about six minutes. Depending on the size of the drink, you can normally chill a can of soda in one minute or a larger bottle in three to four minutes.
So far, we've only mentioned big, planned gatherings involving lots of people, but rapid drink chillers are also great for unexpected guests, and quick, improvised dinners. When someone pops over with a six-pack of beer or soda or a bottle of white wine, rather than wait around for drinks to chill, you can solve the problem in mere minutes. White wines, typically served chilled, can be ready almost immediately after you step in the house. And since making a big dinner can get complicated, with many steps along the way, chilling drinks quickly right before serving time makes the whole process easier.
To operate a rapid drink cooler like the Cooper Cooler One Minute Drink Chiller, you simply fill up a compartment with water and ice. After placing the can or bottle you'd like to chill into a small nook and closing the lid, you can adjust settings and temperatures. (Even though the One Minute Drink Chiller looks too small for a bottle of wine, there's a small hole on one end that lets the bottle's neck stick out from the machine.) Rapid drink chillers can chill cans of soda or beer down to 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3.3 degrees Celsius), and they can chill wine bottles, which shouldn't be quite as cold, down to temperatures around the low 50s (10-12 degrees Celsius). The compartment spins drinks to cool them evenly, and a no-spin option within the device can protect delicate wines from being shaken up too much.
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