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Half Frozen Bottle of Water 

 I’m a big fan of ice cold water. It’s refreshing and invigorating and thirst quenching. I found a pretty useful life hack online a few months ago that allows me to have ice cold water whenever I want it. All you have to do is take a used bottle of water, fill it half way, lay it sideways in the freezer, and leave it alone for a few hours. Once the water is frozen, you open the bottle and fill it up the rest of the way. If you do it right, there will be ice on one side and water on the other. The ice makes the water cold instantly and keeps it chilled for hours. No muss, no fuss. I keep a half frozen bottle of water in the freezer at all times. It’s a cheap and easy way to impress thirsty guests when they come over. They think I’m smart and clever for coming up with it. I don’t tell them that I stole the idea from the internet. It’s not lying. It’s deceiving. There’s a difference.
  

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young 

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Ice Cube Tray

I have a freezer in my kitchen. It doesn’t have an icemaker. My roommates and I have to use ice cube trays. An ice cube tray is a plastic or rubber flexible trough that you pour water into, then you stick it in the freezer. The freezer makes the water really cold and really cold water turns into ice. It’s not magic. It’s science or physics or something. I don’t know, it’s been way too long since I was in school. Anyway, if you like ice but don’t have an icemaker, ice cube trays are the way to go. Your only other option is buying ice at the store, but that requires wearing pants. The only major downside to ice cube trays is that they don’t refill themselves automatically. You have to do it yourself. Consequently you’ll often find empty ice cube trays in the freezer.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Ice Bucket

This post is about ice buckets, not the ice bucket challenge (I’m so glad that shit is over). An ice bucket is a bucket for ice. Whoever named it did a good job. You can find ice buckets at restaurants and clubs for chilling champagne and white wines, but their natural habitat is in hotel/motel rooms. It’s usually on the table or dresser, sometimes it’s on the bathroom countertop or by the TV. If your hotel doesn’t have ice buckets, it’s a good sign that you should probably check out. I once stayed in a hotel room that didn’t have a refrigerator, so I called the front desk and asked for a few spare ice buckets. I put some bottles of booze and some mixers in them and filled them up with ice, creating makeshift coolers. It worked, but we had to change the ice every few hours and that got harder and harder to as we got drunker and drunker. I know that they weren’t designed to be coolers, but I wanted you to know that ice buckets are far more versatile than you give them credit for.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Beer on the Rocks

One time I was hanging out with my friend at his mom’s house and he offered me a drink. I never turn down free booze so I gladly accepted his offer. He handed me a warm bottle of Heineken and a glass filled with ice. I had no choice but to crack the brew and pour it into the glass. He got his own beer and glass with ice, we clinked our drinks together, and took a sip. It was crisp, cold, and refreshing. It was beer. Beer on the rocks. I didn’t mind the ice as much as I thought I would. If anything, the ice gave me more incentive to drink faster so it wouldn’t melt and water it down. I don’t think I’ll try it again though. I love cold beer, but ice in the glass isn’t the way to go. The next time I’ll take wrap a wet paper towel around the warm beer and stick it in the freezer for fifteen minutes. That’s the ideal life hack for this situation.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Iced Tea With No Ice

I once had a customer order an iced tea with no ice. It was no big deal, but it got me thinking… is it still iced tea if it has no ice in it? At my restaurant we brew iced tea with a machine. We take the teabag, we put it in the filter, we press a button, hot water runs through the teabag, cold water is added to cool it down, and the end result is a big container filled with room temperature tea. Then you serve the tea in a glass filled with ice cubes and garnished with a slice of lemon. But no ice ever makes contact with the tea until it is in the glass. Iced tea literally means tea that has been iced. It’s not iced if you haven’t used any ice. So iced tea with no ice doesn’t really exist and it’s definitely not on our menu.

Critically Rated at 9/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Starbucks Coffee + Milk Iced Coffee

Did you know that Starbucks makes bottles of iced coffee? Not Frappuccinos, I’m talking about regular coffee served cold and lightly sweetened. I tried the Coffee + Milk flavor and it tastes like coffee and milk. It tastes like what it’s called. My biggest complaint is that it’s not really iced coffee because there is no ice in it. And I doubt that they actually make it with ice. It’s not really iced coffee unless it had ice in it at some point. It really should be called Starbucks Chilled Coffee + Milk. All in all it’s pretty good, but if I want Starbucks products from the store I would stick with a Frappuccino or a Double Shot Espresso.

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Crunching Ice With Your Teeth

You’re reaching the end of your cup of Coke and all that’s preventing you from throwing it away are the seventeen half melted ice cubes with a hint of Coke flavor. You take off the lid and tilt a few cubes into your mouth. You start to crunch and chew and feel oddly satisfied. You proceed to finish off the rest of your ice, pausing only to use your straw to get that last stubborn ice cube from the bottom of the cup. That’s always the best one. Crunching ice with your teeth is a pleasure the dentured can only dream about.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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