Virgin Cocktail Cooler: The “Fizzy Lifting Drink” (Recipe)

(Illustration by Quentin Blake)

Before I had children, my friends would bring their kids to my home — and I was sometimes ill-prepared. As the only non-alcoholic beverages in our home were coffee and margarita mix, I needed to think fast. Since I’m a huge Willy Wonka fan, I invented this drink to encourage everyone to stay hydrated.

Thankfully, this was the most popular and refreshing drink of the day for both the grownups and the little ones.


1 can lemonade concentrate

2 of the empty cans of concentrate filled with club soda

1 of the empty cans of concentrate filled with ginger ale

1 lemon’s worth of lemon slices

1/4 cup sugar

1 1-gallon Ziploc-type bag of ice that has been smashed a few times with a mallet


Slice the lemon into round slices.

Sprinkle both sides with sugar.

Gently stir the concentrate, club soda and ginger ale together in a pitcher.

Add smashed ice.

Add the sugared lemon slices to the glasses and pour the lemonade concentrate mixture into the glasses.

Serve with straws. (Because everything tastes better with straws.)

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