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Tart ‘n’ Tangy Citrus Cooler

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
    3-1/4 quarts


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


  • 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.
  • In a large pitcher, combine the sugar mixture, lime juice, orange juice and remaining water; stir well. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice.

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  • ehleca
    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!