Relive the ’80s by Making Your Own Ecto-Cooler

Remember when you were a kid in the ’80s and they had that Hi-C Ecto-Cooler flavor that was somehow tied in to Ghostbusters? I don’t (we were more of a Squeez-It family anyhow), but if you do miss the Ecto-Cooler, or its subsequent incarnations Shoutin’ Orange Tangergreen and Crazy Citrus Cooler (seriously, these were produced until 2001. How did I miss out on this whole thing??), some Ghostbuster nerds have figured out to make it at home, and kindly made a video to show us luddites how to, uh, stir stuff in a pitcher.

The video, while mildly humorous, goes on about 7 minutes longer than it needs to, so I helpfully transcribed the recipe below. So if any of you actually know what Ecto-Cooler tastes like and decide to make this, let us know how closely it matches your delicious, sugar-filled memories from 1984.

Homemade Ecto-Cooler

  • 3/4 cup orange juice (no pulp)
  • 3/4 cup tangerine juice
  • 1 packet orange Flavor-Aid
  • 1 packet tangerine Flavor-Aid
  • 1 spoonful Country Time powdered lemonade mix (or 1 packet of lemonade Flavor-Aid? Just throwin’ it out there)
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • Blue and green food coloring

Stir all ingredients in a gallon jug. Add water to fill the jug. Add food coloring until it’s just the right, unsettling shade of green.

HT: Uproxx

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