How to cool a drink quickly

The UK is in the middle of a heatwave at the moment, which is great, but also means we need a lot of cold drinks to keep the kids cool. This fun experiment is brilliant for cooling drinks quickly and learning at the same time.

How to cool a drink quickly

What you need:

  • A metal bowl
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Drink is a glass bottle
  • Salt

ice and salt experiment


  • Half fill the bowl with water and ice.
  • Place the drink in the ice.
  • Add a handful to salt to the water and stir.
  • Watch what happens to the bowl and drink.

ice and salt experiment

The Science Bit

The salt lowers the melting temperature of the ice, making the water temperature  drop below zero, and so cooling the drink faster. We call this supercooling.

We also demonstrated this when we made frost.

ice and salt experiment

Extension activities

Can you design an experiment with a control condition? Maybe ice and water with no salt??

Can you record the temperature before and after adding the salt?

Does the temperature drop further if you add more salt?

What happens if you use a plastic bottle? Does it work as well?

If you use a smaller drinks container does it cool faster?


Note: If you use a can be careful when you open it!

cool with salt





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