Summer Coolers

Summer Coolers

Watermelon Cooler
Ingredients
3 cups coarsely chopped seeded watermelon
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
2 cups white grape juice
1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
3/4 cup fresh lime juice, chilled
32 ounce (4 cups) club soda, chilled
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)
Watermelon wedges or balls (optional)
Directions
Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth. Strain watermelon puree through a fine mesh sieve; discard pulp.
In a large bowl combine sugar and mint. Using the back of a wooden spoon, lightly crush mint by pressing it against the side of the bowl. Add grape juice, lime peel, lime juice, and watermelon puree, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in club soda. Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs and watermelon wedges or balls. Serve immediately. Makes 9 servings.

Summer Coolers

June Bug
Ingredients
3 cups ginger ale
4 tablespoons grenadine
4 tablespoons orange juice
3 scoops orange sherbet
Directions
Blend together ginger ale, grenadine, orange juice, and sherbet. Pour into ice-filled cocktail glasses. Makes 4 servings (To make a version with alcohol, add white rum.)

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