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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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Helen Jane Hearn

Helen Jane has written at since 1998. An entertaining enthusiast, Helen Jane is also a certified specialist of wine and founder of Cheesewhizzes, a nation-wide cheese tasting club (featured in Food & Wine magazine). Helen Jane has spoken at SXSW, the Foodbuzz Festival, Mom 2.0 and was a keynote speaker at the 2011 EVO conference. Helen Jane is also captain of her bocce team, Joanie Loves Bocce. She lives and plays in Napa Valley with her husband and tweets at @helenjane.


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