Florida Coolers: A Summer Drink for the Grownups

A Frozen Summer Drink to Help Get You Through Hot Weather

When my family moved to Florida in 1983, we came away from a visit to my lovely Irish Aunt Winnie’s house in New Port Richey with this luscious drink.  We have been serving it to our family and guests since.  Aunt Winnie got this recipe from a friend upon her move from New Jersey years before.

Florida Coolers are a summer staple made with frozen fruit juice, sugar, ice, and the alcohol of your choice.  Or, you can substitute club soda for a non-alcoholic version.

Florida Cooler

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar
6  cups water
2 – 12 oz cans frozen orange juice
1 – 12 oz can frozen lemonade
46 oz can pineapple juice
5 crushed ripe
2  cups crushed ice

5, one-quart plastic containers (that can be placed in your freezer)

1 liter Sprite or club soda
vodka, tequila or rum

Directions:

Combine sugar and water into a pot.  Heat until boiling.  Allow to boil for one minute.  Remove from heat.  Allow sugar syrup to cool.

Pour a can of orange juice into a blender.  Add the 5 ripe bananas and blend until smooth.  Add some of the pineapple juice if mixture seems too thick.

Put all juices into cooled sugar syrup.  Add banana mixture and combine until smooth.

Pour mixture into your 5, 1 quart containers. Freeze until you are ready to do the final mixing and serve.

When ready to serve, scoop 2 cups of frozen Florida Cooler frozen mixture into a blender with 2 cups of crushed ice and a cup of either Sprite or club soda depending on your preference for sweetness.

Add 4 ounces of the alcohol of your choice.  We have used rum, vodka, and tequila, respectively, depending on our whims.

Blend into a lovely slushy drink.  Pour and serve with a strawberry on the rim of the glass.

This is perfect to serve to the young ones or those not wanting alcohol.  Just omit and add a little more Sprite or Club Soda.  Our kids think this is a special summer treat.

Florida Cooler keeps in your freezer for a very long time, so you and your guests can enjoy all summer.

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Florida Coolers

When my family moved to Florida in 1983, we came away from a visit to my lovely Aunt Winnie's house with this luscious drink. We have been serving it to our family and guests since. Florida Coolers are a summer staple made with frozen fruit juice, sugar, ice, and the alcohol of your choice. Or, you can substitute club soda for a non-alcoholic version.

Ingredients:

3 cups sugar
6 cups water
2 - 12 oz cans frozen orange juice
1 - 12 oz can frozen lemonade
46 oz can pineapple juice
5 crushed ripe
2 cups crushed ice

5, one-quart plastic containers (that can be placed in your freezer)

1 liter Sprite or club soda
vodka, tequila or rum

Directions:

Combine sugar and water into a pot. Heat until boiling. Allow to boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Allow sugar syrup to cool.

Pour a can of orange juice into a blender. Add the 5 ripe bananas and blend until smooth. Add some of the pineapple juice if mixture seems too thick.

Put all juices into cooled sugar syrup. Add banana mixture and combine until smooth.

Pour mixture into your 5, 1 quart containers. Freeze until you are ready to do the final mixing and serve.

When ready to serve, scoop 2 cups of frozen Florida Cooler frozen mixture into a blender with 2 cups of crushed ice and a cup of either Sprite or club soda depending on your preference for sweetness.

Add 4 ounces of the alcohol of your choice. We have used rum, vodka, and tequila, respectively, depending on our whims.

Blend into a lovely slushy drink. Pour and serve with a strawberry on the rim of the glass.

This is perfect to serve to the young ones or those not wanting alcohol. Just omit and add a little more Sprite or Club Soda. Our kids think this is a special summer treat.

Florida Cooler keeps in your freezer for a very long time, so you and your guests can enjoy all summer.

The matriarch of Live Pretty, Roseddy, lives with her husband and children in Orlando, Florida. She is a native of Waynesburg, PA, but she has called the Sunshine State home for over thirty years. In addition to being a fantastic cook, Roseddy is an accomplished seamstress and former Home Economics instructor. Her flower arranging talents are the stuff of legend, and she is a valued member of her church’s altar guild. Roseddy enjoys entertaining, traveling with her husband, and, of course, a good martini.

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