There are a handful of things you should know to be the life of a party: a couple of good one liners (everybody likes a jokester), a graceful way to exit a political debate, and this trick for chilling wine in just six minutes.
Or, just impress yourself by chilling your bottle of white in less time than it takes you to get ready to drink it -- and save the jokes for yourself.
You don't have to succumb to the ice cube in that nice glass of rose (some of us just can't wait!). Just get together a wine bucket, ice, water and salt. Yep, salt; it's the magic ingredient in this wine-cooling method. The salt breaks down the ice by lowering its melting point which makes the water colder faster. Put it all together in a bucket (like they show in the video above) and count down the minutes. Oh, and you can use this for beer, too.
Correction: This entry has been edited to clarify that adding salt to ice lowers its melting point.
Red Wine Spritzer
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/red-wine-spritzers-recipe/index.html" target="_hplink">Red Wine Spritzer recipe from Food Network</a></strong> Dark berries, like raspberries and blackberries, pair extremely well with red wine in this wine spritzer.
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/349883/kirsch-wine-cocktails" target="_hplink">Kirsch-Wine Cocktail recipe from MarthaStewart.com</a></strong> If you love cherries, you'll love this spritzer, which features cherry brandy and cherry soda with white wine. Garnish with dried cherries.
Lemon Wine Spritzers
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/lemon-wine-spritzers-recipe/index.html" target="_hplink">Lemon Wine Spritzers recipe from Food Network</a></strong> A bit of gin gives these white wine spritzers a kick. Lemon brightens the flavor of the wine.
Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers
<strong>Get the <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2012/05/24/seriously-good-strawberry-lemonade-spritzer-flipflop-wines-trip-details/" target="_hplink">Strawberry Lemonade Spritzers recipe from Iowa Girl Eats</a></strong> Strawberry simple syrup, lemon juice and Moscato wine combine to create this grown-up lemonade. It's great on a hot summer's day.
Cucumber And Elderflower Wine Spritzer
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.eatdrinkplaylondon.com/2012/05/cucumber-elderflower-wine-spritzer.html" target="_hplink">Cucumber and Elderflower Wine Spritzer recipe from Eat Drink Play London</a></strong> Elderflower and mint bring out the cucumber flavor in this white wine spritzer. It's fragrant and refreshing.
Lemongrass And Blood Orange Wine Spritzer
<strong>Get the <a href="http://kitchenconfidante.com/simple-sundays-lemongrass-blood-orange-wine-spritzer-recipe" target="_hplink">Lemongrass and Blood Orange Wine Spritzer recipe from Kitchen Confidante</a></strong> Lemongrass lends a unique herbal and lemony flavor to this spritzer. It's made into a syrup that's mixed with blood orange juice, Chardonnay and seltzer. Use grapefruit when blood oranges aren't available.
Melon Wine Spritzer
<strong>Get the <a href="http://rachelsdigestif.com/post/8620238249/melon-white-wine-spritzer" target="_hplink">Melon Wine Spritzer recipe from Rachel's Digestif</a></strong> Cantaloupe, white wine and mint get paired in this refreshing wine spritzer.
Tinto De Verano
<strong>Get the <a href="http://leitesculinaria.com/47301/recipes-tinto-de-verano.html" target="_hplink">Tinto De Verano recipe from Leite's Culinaria</a></strong> Tinto de verano translates to "red wine of summer." This Spanish spritzer is simple and clean -- just red wine and lemon-lime soda. Use a good Spanish wine to keep it classic.
Pomegranate And Lime White Wine Spritzer
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.nutmegnanny.com/2011/12/19/pomegranate-lime-white-wine-spritzer/" target="_hplink">Pomegranate and Lime White Wine Spritzer recipe from Nutmeg Nanny</a></strong> Pomegranate and lime adds a nice tartness to this white wine spritzer. If you like, muddle the fruit to extract more flavor.
Raspberry White Wine Spritzer
<strong>Get the <a href="http://www.soundeats.com/2011/09/22/raspberry-white-wine-spritzer/" target="_hplink">Raspberry White Wine Spritzer recipe from Sound Eats</a></strong> Fresh raspberries and raspberry soda lend a pretty pink color in this white wine spritzer, not to mention the flavor and aroma.
Watermelon Wine Spritzers
In this video, Stephanie Simek shows you how to “spruce up your spritzers” at your next cocktail party. From your swanky soiree to your backyard barbecue, watermelon wine spritzers are just one example of the versatility of watermelon in sophisticated adult beverages.