Veteran Parenthacker Duane’s got the playdate beverages covered:
So you’ve got a house full of playgroup kids on a hot day, and you’ve just exhausted your supply of cold drinks. Here’s a quick way to get a pitcher full of something cold in a hurry for those of us without the cold water dispenser on the refrigerator door:
- Fill pitcher half-full with ice cubes.
- Dump drink mix of your choice in pitcher (yes, over ice cubes). Sugar free, lemonade, Crystal Lite… whatever works for you.
- Fill with water. When filling from the faucet, ideally use spray attachment to prevent mix from clumping on cubes.
- Get out wooden spoon and stir. For best results, stir while filling.
The energy from the water and the stirring will substantially melt the ice cubes in short order, and your next batch of drinks will be far colder than they would have been if you’d just plopped an ice cube or two in a glass and served it that way.
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