Dinner is bubbling away nicely. You've lit a scented candle or two. You've even plumped up the cushions, and if you don't mind saying so yourself, the place is looking rather lovely.
The doorbell goes, but as your date steps over the threshold, your heart sinks. You knew there was something you'd forgotten. That luscious bottle of grape juice, carefully chosen to complement the fish starter, is still languishing in a shopping bag somewhere. And as luck would have it, when offered a drink, your date only goes and asks for a nice chilled glass of vino, preferably served in a glass oozing condensation.
Thankfully, for such disastrous occasions, we bring you a dating hack that guarantees to reduce wine from room temperature to just four degrees Celsius in under three minutes—just enough time for your date to get acquainted with his or her surroundings and settle on the sofa.
The trick is to add a cupful of salt to cold water and ice—salt reducing the temperature at which water freezes, hence speeding up the cooling of your finest vintage—before submerging the bottle in the solution. For the full lowdown, watch the video. Cheers!