Cold drinks

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by [email protected], Jul 20, 2005.

  1. Does anyone know why it is so darn difficult to get a really cold drink
    when away from home. At home, no problem--I come in from working
    outside in 95 degree heat and take a heavy glass tumbler from the
    freezer, fill it with peach flavored Arizona diet black tea from the
    fridge, and I have a darn cold refreshing drink.

    In a restaurant or fast food place, can you get a cold glass of tea or
    soda? Hell, no. All you will get is a styrofoam cup with warm drink and
    lots of ice cubes, which not only don't do a very good job of cooling
    the drink, but also dilute it and destroy the flavor.

    I don't drink sodas, but what do Coca Cola Classic cognoscenti think
    about having their favorite beverage diluted with melted water?

    So is there some commercial advantage to diluting drinks with ice
    instead of serving drinks that are really cold? It occurs to me that
    maybe the advantage lies in serving what looks like a huge drink, but
    is really a small one filled out with lots of hollow ice cubes, but
    this is purely speculation. Any ideas?

    Incidentally, if I do want a cold drink when out, I find the best thing
    to do is to go to a supermarket and get a can or bottle of drink, and
    then place it betwixt the bags of ice in the ice cabinet for a few
    minutes before taking it to the checkout.
     
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  2. levelwave

    levelwave Guest

    [email protected] wrote:

    > Incidentally, if I do want a cold drink when out, I find the best thing
    > to do is to go to a supermarket and get a can or bottle of drink, and
    > then place it betwixt the bags of ice in the ice cabinet for a few
    > minutes before taking it to the checkout.



    I prefer all of my drinks, outside of beer (wine) to have lots'a
    ice-cubes. Pouring a cold Coke into ice filled glass doesn't water it
    down enough to fret in the time it takes me to drink it...

    ~john
     
  3. aem

    aem Guest

    [email protected] wrote:
    > Does anyone know why it is so darn difficult to get a really cold drink
    > when away from home. [snip]
    >

    I dunno, but it's darn easy to find a bar that will give you a cold
    draft beer in a frosted mug. That'll cool you off and refresh you
    better than tea or soda or tall glasses full of ice cubes. -aem
     
  4. Dave Smith

    Dave Smith Guest

    levelwave wrote:

    >
    > I prefer all of my drinks, outside of beer (wine) to have lots'a
    > ice-cubes. Pouring a cold Coke into ice filled glass doesn't water it
    > down enough to fret in the time it takes me to drink it...


    Most definitely true about beer. It can be kept on ice to cool, but never put
    ice cubes in it. I once learned something very useful from watching
    television. Lou Grant told Mary Richards how to drink Scotch. His advice was
    to get some goof Scotch and a nice glass. Put some ice in the glass and pour
    in a good shot of Scotch. Swirl it around a bit and keep tasting it. When the
    enough of the ice has melted to make it perfect, knock it back.
     
  5. Doug Kanter

    Doug Kanter Guest

    "aem" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    >
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >> Does anyone know why it is so darn difficult to get a really cold drink
    >> when away from home. [snip]
    >>

    > I dunno, but it's darn easy to find a bar that will give you a cold
    > draft beer in a frosted mug. That'll cool you off and refresh you
    > better than tea or soda or tall glasses full of ice cubes. -aem
    >


    Actually, alcohol diminishes your ability to deal with heat. Maybe not a
    problem if you're staying in an air conditioned place, but outdoors, wrong
    drink.
     
  6. One time on Usenet, levelwave <[email protected]> said:
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > > Incidentally, if I do want a cold drink when out, I find the best thing
    > > to do is to go to a supermarket and get a can or bottle of drink, and
    > > then place it betwixt the bags of ice in the ice cabinet for a few
    > > minutes before taking it to the checkout.

    >
    >
    > I prefer all of my drinks, outside of beer (wine) to have lots'a
    > ice-cubes. Pouring a cold Coke into ice filled glass doesn't water it
    > down enough to fret in the time it takes me to drink it...


    Speaking of watering down, I wondered the other day why one couldn't
    use frozen grapes (a favorite snack) in place of ice cubes, 'cuz they
    wouldn't water down a drink. Too bad the shape makes them a choking
    hazard...

    --
    Jani in WA (S'mee)
    ~ mom, VidGamer, novice cook, dieter ~
     
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