Sunday, May 11, 2008

Why Doesn't Lemonade Get Cold Faster?

Okay, so maybe it's my imagination, but it always seems that a glass of ice water gets colder more quickly than a glass of lemonade with ice. Has anybody else encountered this?

I've searched the internet for explanation, but can find no mention of it. Does it have to do with viscosity? Acidity? Is there a resistance to cold conductivity offered by lemon pulp? It certainly doesn't resist electrical current, since a lemon can generate 1 volt by simply inserting a copper penny and zinc-coated nail into it.

In all seriousness, this bugs me every time I'm at a restaurant waiting for my glass of lemonade to get cold enough to be refreshing.

Does my blog have readers who are physicists? Botanists? Viscositologists? Scientists with specialties in citral conductivity or master's degrees in the studies of various liquids? I sure hope so.

I have also considered the possibility that this is simply a psychological phenomenon. Maybe whatever triggers my brain to eschew my regular favorite beverage of ice water and instead crave the liquified fruit of the lemon tree also spurs me to impatience.

(Yes, I am well aware that the previous paragraph reeks of supercillious length and elements throughout. But I thought it wise to write to the audience of my desired - at least for the time being - demographic, as the cynosure of my directed question will tend to be the product of higher education... articulate and possibly verbose.

So how about it, people? If you wear a white lab coat to work, I'd like your input.


At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I know, I hate that when that happens.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Terry said...

I wouldn't have said it any better!

At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have observed a corollary phenomenon regarding restaurant temperatures: soup is rarely served hot enough to be truly satisfying.

Similarly, a "Hot Turkey Sandwich" will never be served hot, even if you warn the server upon ordering that you will send it back if it's not steaming.

But I have a solution to offer for the lemonade: bring a martini shaker with you. James Bond orders "Shaken, not stirred" because it makes it much colder... as any viscositologist will tell you.

- AD(S)

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous x1236 said...

Maybe you should just stick to iced milk and leave the lemonade to the rest of us who don't take it's acidic goodness for granted.


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