Chill Out: 8 Ways to Keep Your Drinks Cold on a Hot Day

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Don’t you hate when you’re at a beautiful barbecue and you can’t fully enjoy the sizzle of juicy burgers or the sweet smell of baked beans because the weather is turning your cold drink into a hot mess?

Once the heat of summer arrives, trying to keep your drink cold on a hot day can feel impossible. We know the struggle, so we decided to share some of our favorite ways to enjoy a refreshing, ice-cold drink without having to hide from the sun.

The SIC Glacier Tumbler, $35

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This stainless steel tumbler is a great travel cup for all seasons, but there’s a reason that the acronym in its name stands for Seriously Ice Cold. It’s especially handy for warmer months when you’re entertaining, eating outdoors, and traveling more. Double-wall vacuum insulation eliminates condensation and keeps your drinks ice cold for hours. This cup is built so strong that each one comes with a lifetime warranty from SIC. It’s built to last, and with a variety of color options and accessories, it makes the perfect companion for all of your warm-weather outings.

The Coldest Water Bottle, $20

The Coldest Water Bottle

If you’re an outdoorsman or a gym rat, you’ve probably spent a decent amount of time buying, inadvertently breaking, and begrudgingly replacing water bottles that have been dropped, smashed, or left behind. Even if you’ve managed to find one that is durable enough to keep up with you, you’ve almost certainly bottoms-upped your favorite canteen just to be disappointed by the lukewarm water that hits your tongue. The Coldest Water Bottle makes a promise to be your “last bottle”, and it intends to keep it. It’s made with stainless steel for some serious durability, and a leak-proof, double-wall design means it can keep your drink cold for a full 24 hours.

The Bottlekeeper, $30

The Bottlekeeper

It’s been a long week at the office. The traffic on your commute has been crawling, and the sun beating down through your windshield has been taunting you with daydreams about the weekend. The last thing you want to do when Saturday finally arrives is waste any precious R&R time trying to decide between a beer from a can with a koozie to keep it cold or straight from a bottle the way you really like it. You shouldn’t have to give up beer from a bottle to enjoy a cold drink under the sun. The Bottlekeeper solves this conundrum for you with padding to keep your bottle safe, a cap that keeps your drink sealed, and neoprene lining that keeps your beer cold for hours.

Corkcicle.ONE, $40


If you fancy yourself a budding sommelier, or if you just like to savor a glass or two of hearty red with dinner, then Corkcicle is your new king of cool. Their Corkcicle.ONE is a re-freezable icicle with a cork and an aerator on top. Open up a bottle of your favorite wine, drop the corkcicle into place, and enjoy perfectly cooled and aerated wine. If you’re pairing red wine with a juicy grilled steak, drop the corkcicle into a room temperature bottle and enjoy perfectly cooled wine in 15 minutes. If you’re grilling up some seafood and want to pair it with your favorite weekend white, add the corkcicle to a chilled bottle to keep it at the perfect temperature for an hour. When you need a refill, the Corkcicle.ONE will aerate instantly as you pour.

The Chill Puck, $10

The Chill Puck

Who knew something so simple could be so cool? Chill Pucks are ice packs that fit onto the bottom of almost any can or bottle. Throw a set into your cooler for a day on the beach or in the park and keep almost any drink container colder for longer. Savor a cold soft drink by snapping one onto the can, or keep a beer frosty by slipping one into the bottom of a koozie. When you’re packing it in for the night, toss them back into the freezer and take them out for the next day’s adventures.

Bormioli Rocco Kufra Glass Jug, $12

Bormioli Rocco Kufra Glass Jug

When winter is gone and the skies start getting sunny again, warmer weather brings with it the mouth-watering smell of good old-fashioned cookouts. When you’re slinging spatulas over a hot flame, an ice cold drink within arm’s reach means instant refreshment without interrupting your grilling game. Keep yourself cool enough to serve up perfect steaks and your guests refreshed while they wait with a Kufra Jug. Fill the central glass tube with ice, then fill the pitcher and enjoy cold drinks all afternoon. Sangria, anyone?

Wintersmiths Double Ice Baller, $70

Wintersmiths Double Ice Baller

If your perfect warm weather day consists of sipping cold whiskey on the patio, then the Wintersmiths Double Ice Baller is for you. Simply fill the mold with water and drop it in the freezer, and in a few hours, you’ll have two perfectly spherical ice balls that will last up to 80% longer than standard ice cubes. If you like to entertain, you can get a larger model or, if one sphere’ll do ya, there’s a single version as well.

Tovolo King Cube Tray, $9

Tovolo King Cube Tray

If you’re not all in on the spherical ice scene, or if you just enjoy things that are comically larger in scale to their regularly sized counterparts, then you might opt for the Tovolo King Cube Tray. The idea behind this mold is pretty simple: make bigger ice cubes and they’ll take a lot longer to melt. Each tray makes six king-sized cubes, perfect for dropping into your drink on a hot day.

Keep your summer cool and your drinks colder by trying out some of these handy ways to keep your favorite drinks at the perfect temperature – whether you’re entertaining friends, enjoying an intimate outdoor meal, or kicking back with a cocktail.