Tart 'n' Tangy Citrus Cooler Recipe
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Tart 'n' Tangy Citrus Cooler Recipe

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This is a sweet and refreshing beverage that's perfect when cooling off in the shade. In summer, I make the sugar syrup in advance, so I can mix up a quick batch after we've been out in the sun. The syrup can keep for up to a week. —Joylyn Trickel
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:13 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 13 servings


  • 6 cups water, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups fresh lime juice or Key lime juice
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • Crushed ice

Nutritional Facts

219 calories: 1 cup, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (52g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein .


  1. In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups water and sugar to a boil; stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook and stir for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat; transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the sugar mixture, lime juice, orange juice and remaining water; stir well. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice. Yield: 3-1/4 quarts.
Originally published as Tart 'n' Tangy Citrus Cooler in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p25

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Reviewed May. 21, 2011

"We love this drink. In fact we made it into an 'adult' drink by adding strawberry vodka which makes it taste like the candy Skittles--we call it Skittle-tinis!"

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