Spring is here in NC and it’s almost mint julep season. I’m writing for a better understanding of moisture in the atmosphere and how it relates to the enjoyment of chilly beverages.
Often, while fellowshipping on the veranda with a tall tumbler of iced tea, the outside of my glass becomes covered in droplets as the glass “sweats” in the steamy NC afternoon. It’s no surprise; we’re all (well, maybe not you desert dwellers) familiar with this phenomenon. But I want to get all geeky about it for a second and ask some insightful :rolleyes: questions.
Isn’t the water condensing on my mint julep’s glass actually warming my drink (heat of condensation)?
Is this condensed water also cooling my drink as it evaporates (heat of vaporization)?
(I would suspect that the rate of condensation is greater, and I get a net warming from the events.)
To keep my julep as chilly as possible, do I want to remove the condensation or let it accumulate?
(I would think that any *damage *has been done and that keeping the water on there would act as some sort of “boundary layer” to damp the rate of further condensation.)
Surely, koozies/huggies help, right? Would just a simple napkin wrapped around the glass have any (+/-) effect on things?