Amazing Cooler Recipes That Are Perfect For Outdoor Parties

The drinks are as important as the food when it comes to parties. Your guests will be looking for something both refreshing and delicious even after they finish eating. But when planning what kind of beverage to serve, keep in mind that you have to cater to all kinds of guests, including children.

Here are 3 awesome non-alcoholic cooler recipes that are great for both indoor and outdoor parties:

Basil and Cantaloupe Slush

What you need:

  • 1 medium cantaloupe, skinned, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 large sprigs fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Soda water

Mix together the water, granulated sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower heat. Allow to simmer (no stirring) for 3 to 4 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat then add the basil sprigs before allowing to cool completely. When ready, pour mixture into a blender. Add the cantaloupe and blend until smooth. Strain into square pan, cover and refrigerate until frozen, about 6 to 8 hours. When ready, scrape large flakes of the frozen mixture using a fork. Place flakes in glasses, splash with soda water then serve.

Minty Pineapple Surprise

What you need:

  • 4 pieces 2-inch fresh pineapple slices
  • 4 leaves fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup chilled sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup chilled grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • Lime slices for garnishing
  • Ice cubes

Place pineapple in a bowl. Using the back of a wooden spatula, muddle the fruit until broken down to smaller pieces, working for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mint leaves to the bowl then continue to muddle just until the leaves are bruised. Divide the mixture among serving glasses. Place a few ice cubes then pour in grape and lime juices, sparkling water and agave. Mix gently then serve with lime slices.

The Blue Lemonade

What you need:

  • 3 cups club soda
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Bring blueberries, water, sugar and lemon zest to a boil in a pan. Simmer until sugar has dissolved, around 5 minutes. Remove from heat, strain then cool completely. When ready, pour the mixture in a pitcher followed by lemon juice, ice cubes and club soda. Stir and serve immediately.

These ultra refreshing cooler recipes will make you feel like it’s summer all year long!

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by Adrian T. Cheng