Ecto-Cooler recipe

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Ecto-Cooler box

Ah, yes. The classic case. One of the most popular drinks of our generation. Aside of Crystal Pepsi, this is one of the most sought out drinks on eBay in all it's incarnations, but face it: You just can't get this again. At least, not in mass produced form.

Worry not, though. You've been dying to get some Ecto-Cooler to mix with your Crystal Head Vodka, and we do believe we found the solution! Get those drink pitchers ready, we're gonna make some sweet, sugary awesomeness!

Ingredients List for 1 US Gallon:

Ingredient list

  • 1 Packet Kool Aid/Flavor Aid Orange
  • 1 Packet Kool Aid/Flavor Aid Tangerine
  • 3/4 Cup Orange Juice (No Pulp)
  • 3/4 Cup Tangerine Juice/1 can mashed Mandarin Oranges
  • 1/3 scoop Countrytime Lemonade (Reg or Pink)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • Green and blue food coloring for color.

Most of these items are easy to find. To find the Kool Aid, visit Kraft's Product Locator and search for both the orange and tangerine flavors. For the Flavor Aid, I suggest here to find both flavors: Mix-And-Match Any 2 flavors of Flavor Aid -

For the Tangerine Juice (If you don't wanna mash the tangerines yourself) Check Noble Juice's locator site to find the juice in your area: Where to Find Noble Juice at

1) In a 1 Gallon pitcher, start by putting in your orange juice and tangerine juice. If you happen to be using the Mandarin oranges as a juice source, be sure to strain the pulp out unless you so wish it.


2) After your juices are in, put in the packets of Flavor Aid and the 1/3 scoop of Lemonade mix and mix up the concentrate. The Lemonade is used to make the mixture slightly more bitter to give it the zing the original Ecto-Cooler had. You may have to adjust to get it to your taste.


3) Add water, put in your sugar and stir until dissolved. Again, if you're using Countrytime Lemonade, sugar is already added to the mixture so you might have to adjust for your personal taste by adding more sugar than the stated 1 1/2 cups.

4) Add your food coloring. The red in the Flavor Aid is deep enough to skew the color of the green, but with enough drops, you can make it green. It won't be that happy bright green we remember, but at least it'll be green. You also want to add a few drops of the blue in the mix to get it a more even green.

Finished product

And that's it! We will admit, this is a bit of a pain to get it like this, but it is at least as close to Ecto-Cooler as we can get. Then again, even the ugly can have sophistication and taste.


Our team leader emeritus would know.

How to make Ecto-Cooler

More Ecto-Cooler fun!

Brian's challenge

Posed as a challenge by Brian Lewis of the Cinema Snob, we set out to do just that! As featured on a subsequent "Brad Tries..." video, we made a frying batter that is really easy to make and as fun to eat.

First, we need to gather our ingredients for the Ecto-Cooler:
2 Packets of orange Kool-Aid/Flavor Aid
2 Packets or Tangerine Kool-Aid/Flavor Aid
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon Lemonade Mix

Next, we need the ingredients for the batter:
3 cups cooking oil for fryer/cooking pot
Additional 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup Orange Juice
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 cups flour
Powdered Sugar for decoration
Green and Blue Food Coloring for color

1) First, you need to make your premix. It's easier to use the premix jar for your Lemonade mix as a container, but a large bowl will be suffice. Take all your Ecto-Cooler components and mix them together (that's all 4 packets of Kool-Aid, the 2 cups sugar, and the lemonade mix) making sure your get everything thoroughly mixed together. Put the concoction in a bag or in a jar until needed. You might need the bowl again.

2) Put your oil in a pot or in your fryer and heat to 350F

3) Put your dry ingredients (minus powdered sugar, or course) in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of your Ecto-Cooler mix.

4) Add OJ and eggs and stir until smooth. You can use a hand mixer to speed up the process. You can also add your food coloring at this stage. 10 of green and 15 of blue will suffice.

5) Getting a small spoon, start putting your Ecto-Cooler batter in the oil bit at a time. If happen to have a Cookie Dough Scoop, that is actually more preferred as it keeps the balls more tightly packed in the oil, otherwise, use caution using the spoon method. You might also want to invest in some cooking spray on your spoons.

6) Use a slotted spoon or fry scoop to both flip your dough balls and take them out once the cooler is done. Usually they'll be done when brown, but you can do this at your own discretion. It's usually 1 1/2 minuets per dough ball, flipping them after 45 seconds each side.

7) Take your fried Ecto-Cooler out of the oil and set them on a plate with a paper towel to cool. Usually about 5 minuets is enough time to cool.

8) Load up the POWDER SUGAR! Cook's discretion on how much.

9) The most important step: ENJOY!

This was an interesting project brought on by a good friend of a friend. In the end, this size batch is good for a small party as it fills a regular dinner plate, but as always, if you plan on making more, make sure your math is above average, otherwise you might make your party-goers sick from too much kool-aid in the mix.