keeping drinks cool: another hack

As the longest season of the year (baseball season) wraps up here I realized I never posted a great idea I had about keeping drinks cool for sports players.

My son has long days at the field, sometimes in 95 degree weather. He has a large thermos with a drinking spout on top that he brings with him, but in the hot weather even an insulated thermos can’t keep the liquid cold for hours.

We take small round tupperware containers and freeze solid blocks of gatorade in them. This way as the ice chunk melts it isn’t watering down the drink and a big solid chunk of ice takes linger to melt and therefore keeps the gatorade colder longer.

Are you all still awake?

10 Responses to “keeping drinks cool: another hack”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Great idea! Could be a works for me Wed! :)

  2. Tal Says:

    I don’t get it! Not that I parent, but…maybe a visual?

  3. Karen@FamilyBriefs Says:

    What a terrific idea! We try to keep a thermos in the garage with paper cups for all the neighborhood kids that come by and play. A chunk of ice (or whatever the drink of the day is) would be the perfect way to help keep it cold! Thanks!

  4. Brigitte Says:

    Tal, you don’t need to be a parent for this one! When you fill up one of those big comes-with-a-spigot-to-get-your-drink style cooler/thermos things, put in ice-cubes or chunks . . . BUT make sure your ice is made of whatever beverage you’re serving, rather than just water. I hope that helped.

  5. Tee Says:

    That’s a cool idea! Thanks for the tip :)

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  7. c Says:

    I fill their sport bottle halfway up the night before and freeze that. The next day, I fill it the rest of the way, and the frozen part keeps it (and their lunch) cold in their lunchbox. I hate watered-down from ice drinks as well ;-)

  8. Miss Chris Says:

    I don’t know if this is relevant but last week I went to a coffee shop that made their iced coffee by pouring hot drip coffee over coffee ice cubes. Brilliant! And let me tell you, plenty strong.

  9. Elaine Says:

    I’ve done what c does as well. When hubby was working in town I would put half full water bottles on their sides in the freezer the night before and then fill them up w/cold water as I was filling his lunch box before he left for work.

  10. AmyM Says:

    I do that with punch for holidays. I fill the ice cube tray with punch and pop that in the freezer. The punch cubes are frozen by the time the punch needs to chill again.

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