Kool-Aid Cocktails Will Have You Feeling Nostalgic

For many, Kool-Aid brings back fond childhood memories — the sugary fruit-adjacent flavors, the vibrant colors, the image of a giant anthropomorphized pitcher of Kool-aid breaking through a wall. It's the essence of childhood summertime. And the internet's latest concoctions prove it's fun for adults, too. Kool-Aid cocktails are going viral online, sparking nostalgia for those who grew up with the flavored drink. While Kool-Aid often tastes too sweet on its own to grown-up tastebuds, pairing it with the right mixers makes for a refreshing summer beverage. Utilizing Kool-Aid powder renders these drinks easy to make as well, which likely contributes to their growing popularity.

On TikTok, creator @altmixers shared one example of a Kool-Aid cocktail, mixing the grape flavor into a bottle of Tito's Handmade Vodka, then adding lemonade and Sprite. Of course, this is far from the only way to prepare these drinks. With so many flavors of Kool-Aid and types of liquor, the combination possibilities are endless. And pouring Kool-Aid powder into a liquor bottle is just one of many infusion methods you could try. Experimentation has never been so fun. In the words of our pitcher-shaped hero, Oh yeah!

The possibilities are endless with Kool-Aid cocktails

To make the best Kool-Aid cocktail possible, it's important to match the right flavor with the right liquor. One idea is to add a youthful twist to classic cocktail recipes. Mixing the tropical punch flavor with rum is an obvious and crowd-pleasing choice. Mix vodka and orange Kool-Aid to add a twist to the classic Screwdriver cocktail flavor. Bourbon and a mix of orange and cherry Kool-Aid is a cheeky nod to an Old Fashioned cocktail. Lemon-lime Kool-Aid would pair well with tequila to mimic a margarita. Cherry Kool-Aid plus gin and a dash of Grand Marnier would take your Singapore Sling to the next level. These are just a few options, and some very fun trial and error will reveal what works best. 


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Pouring Kool-Aid directly into the bottle is just one way to mix these drinks. Letting it sit for a while will allow the liquor to absorb more of the flavor, so you might want to whip up a batch of cocktails in advance (in a classic Kool-Aid pitcher, of course). Another option is to just make a quart of your chosen Kool-Aid and add it to the glass as you go. For a more subtle approach, add the Kool-Aid in the form of ice cubes. Combine your inner child with your inner mixologist and have fun. That's what these Kool-Aid cocktails are all about, isn't it?