Cool bottles to reach the optimal drinking temperature

For some drinks there are ideal drinking temperatures, for others it depends on personal taste. When cooling bottles, there are recommended target values and methods of varying speed. Some laws of physics can save electricity in the refrigerator and freezer. This also applies to service cooling.

Recommended drinking temperatures

In general, any drink can be drunk at any temperature, as long as it remains liquid. The following recommendations apply in gastronomy and among enthusiasts for optimal enjoyment:

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  • 6-8 degrees Celsius: sparkling wine, schnapps, fruit brandies, vodka, pils and dry white wine
  • 8-10 degrees: champagne, lovely white and dessert wines, sweet liqueurs, wheat beer
  • 10-12 degrees: red sparkling wine, dark beer, mineral water, soft drinks, fruit juices
  • 12-14 degrees: light red and rosé wines
  • 14-16 degrees: medium-heavy red wines, port wines, sherry, herbal and bitter liqueurs
  • 16-18 degrees: heavy red wines, brandies
  • 18-20 degrees: Cognac, gin, aquavit (in the gastro area also minus 4 degrees)

Gentle cooling is advantageous

In order to reach the target temperature, the bottles must be cooled down. Glass bottles naturally take longer than plastic bottles. Instead, the contents keep their temperature longer. Except for water, no drink likes extremely rapid cooling. If possible, slow cooling should always be chosen.

In general, drinks lose their taste and intensity as the temperature drops. This can be used, for example, with cheap party beers, which are cooled down to below six degrees Celsius. It is important to know the freezing point of the drink at which a glass bottle explodes. Beer freezes from -2 ° C, sparkling wine from 5 ° C, liqueurs from 10 ° C. The higher the alcohol content, the lower the freezing point. All non-alcoholic drinks freeze from the water freezing point to around 2 ° C.

Cooling methods

  • fridge
  • Wine cooler
  • Ice compartment or freezer or chest
  • Ice bath in bowl or bathtub
  • Rapid cooling in an ice bath with added salt

Evaporative cooling can do amazing things when cooling bottles. Even a wet towel wrapped in bottles or placed on a crate of drinks will noticeably lower the temperature. Immediately water again after drying. A clay plant pot is considered a ranger refrigerator. The overturned clay body, which is repeatedly watered, lowers the temperature of the bottles. This effect can also be used with the classic white wine or champagne table cooler made of clay. The clay cylinder is regularly moistened with a water spray bottle.

Tips & Tricks To put one or more bottles under a pot of clay plants, dig a hole in the ground.