Homemade Ecto-Cooler

Remember the sugary awesomeness of Ecto-Cooler? Now make it at home!
August 18, 2011

Ah, yes. The classic case. One of the most popular drinks of our generation. Aside of Crystal Pepsi, this is one of the most sought out drinks on eBay in all it's incarnations, but face it: You just can't get this again. At least, not in mass produced form.

Worry not, though. You've been dying to get some Ecto-Cooler to mix with your Crystal Head Vodka, and we at Ghostbusters: Chicago Division do believe we found the solution! Get those drink pitchers ready, we're gonna make some sweet, sugary awesomeness!

Ingredients List for 1 US Gallon:

1 Packet Kool Aid/Flavor Aid Orange
1 Packet Kool Aid/Flavor Aid Tangerine
3/4 Cup Orange Juice (No Pulp)
3/4 Cup Tangerine Juice/1 can mashed Mandarin Oranges
1/3 scoop Countrytime Lemonade (Reg or Pink)
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
Green and blue food coloring for color.

Most of these items are easy to find. To find the Kool Aid, visit Kraft's Product Locator and search for both the orange and tangerine flavors. For the Flavor Aid, I suggest here to find both flavors: Mix-And-Match Any 2 flavors of Flavor Aid - MyBrands.com

For the Tangerine Juice (If you don't wanna mash the tangerines yourself) Check Noble Juice's locator site to find the juice in your area: Where to Find Noble Juice at NobleJuice.com

1) In a 1 Gallon pitcher, start by putting in your orange juice and tangerine juice. If you happen to be using the Mandarin oranges as a juice source, be sure to strain the pulp out unless you so wish it.

2) After your juices are in, put in the packets of Flavor Aid and the 1/3 scoop of Lemonade mix and mix up the concentrate. The Lemonade is used to make the mixture slightly more bitter to give it the zing the original Ecto-Cooler had. You may have to adjust to get it to your taste.

3) Add water, put in your sugar and stir until dissolved. Again, if you're using Countrytime Lemonade, sugar is already added to the mixture so you might have to adjust for your personal taste by adding more sugar than the stated 1 1/2 cups.

4) Add your food coloring. The red in the Flavor Aid is deep enough to skew the color of the green, but with enough drops, you can make it green. It won't be that happy bright green we remember, but at least it'll be green. You also want to add a few drops of the blue in the mix to get it a more even green.

And that's it! We will admit, this is a bit of a pain to get it like this, but it is at least as close to Ecto-Cooler as we can get. Then again, even the ugly can have sophistication and taste.

Our team leader would know.

Be sure to visit us at http://www.ghostbusterschicagodivision.com
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