We all know that the summer months are best accompanied by a tall glass of beer or cider. Kicking back in the evenings and cracking open a cold bottle of Cornwall's Pride beer or a fruity Berry Rattler Cider is the best way to top off those sunny family gatherings or relaxing weekday evenings in the garden. However, we are often faced with the perennial problem of how to keep our favourite tipple chilled when we're not within walking distance of the fridge... So, to get you prepped for the summer ahead, we have put together a list of the best ways to keep your beers cool when the weather is hot!
The Quick-Chill Method
We've all been there; you've got home from work, ready for that weekend glass of beer when you realised that you forgot to put your favourite bottles in the fridge before you left. Worry not - the quick-chill method will have your drinks ice cold within 15 minutes. Simply wrap your chosen bottles in either a damp kitchen cloth or a few paper towels and place them in the freezer. By the time you're ready to hit the garden, your bottles will be the perfect temperature for drinking...
Submerge Them In Water
You're returning home, your beers are getting warmer by the second and you don't have enough ice cubes... Solution - grab a bucket, fill it with cold water and add your beers and ciders of choice. Your bottles will remain pretty cool and you won't have to spend a lot of time waiting - just remember to keep the bucket in the shade and let the cold water do the work.
Getting The Ice Right
In terms of chilling drinks, you can't go far wrong with standard ice cubes, but there are a few things worth considering before you start cracking out the ice box. Crushed ice is probably the most quick and efficient way of chilling your beers while blocks of ice take more time to melt, keeping drinks colder for longer. A combination of crushed ice and water will help insulate the drinks more effectively than throwing a few ice cubes in a bowl and hoping for the best. A mixture of ice, salt and water will create an even colder environment and create a greater surface area on which to chill your bottles.
If you're getting ready for a big garden party, barbecue or outdoor get-together, by far the best method of keeping your beverages cool is with your trusty wheelbarrow. Fill it up with a bit of water, place your bottles carefully on the barrow surface and use plenty of ice. An eye-catching feature for any event, just remember to keep it under a parasol or in a shady area for the best results - if you're without a wheelbarrow, any big garden tub or bucket will be just as effective.