The Corkcicle ($25) is the epitome of truth in marketing. It’s a cork attached to the top of a plastic, gel-filled icicle. To prepare it for use, you just stick it in a freezer for about two to three hours. The tapered cork fits snugly into just about any 750ml wine bottle, and there’s a plastic knob on top to make it easier to insert and remove.
The Chillball is an Aussie invention ($20 for six) which keeps your drinks cold without watering them down as regular ice cubes would. Dubbed “intelligent ice,” Chillballs (like sibling product Chillrocks) are translucent plastic balls with a nontoxic freezing gel inside. They include removable fishhook-like handles of varying lengths which rest on the rim of the glass and allow for mess-free insertion and removal from your stemware. Packaged in a six-pack egg crate plastic box, Chillballs take a minimum of four hours to freeze.
The foot-tall Rabbit Wine Chilling Carafe ($50) holds an entire 750ml bottle of wine and keeps it chilled longer than any of the other chiller solutions we tried. It also proved to be the most versatile and convenient beverage chiller, since the crystal glass carafe can be used for virtually any liquid — from ice tea to martinis. Integral to the Rabbit’s masterful cooling process is its bullet-shaped, stainless steel ice chamber, which hangs from the carafe’s top and extends in the middle down to near the base.
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