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Mint Strawberry Cooler Recipe

Celebrate strawberry season with this easy and flavorful cooler recipe! It's packed with fresh and seasonal ingredients, and it's a wonderful option to help cool you down in the hotter months.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people (approx.)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled & cut into quarters (plus more for serving)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 & 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup carbonated beverage (like Sprite, carbonated water, ginger ale, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup torn mint leaves
  • ice for serving

Instructions

  • Make the strawberry syrup: In a medium sauce pot, combine strawberries and sugar. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries have softened and released a significant amount of liquid. This should take about 10 minutes.
  • Strain the strawberry mixture to remove any large chunks or seeds. Set the syrup aside to cool completely to room temperature.
  • Make the cooler: In a large pitcher or bowl, combine the cooled strawberry syrup, lemon/lime juice, water, carbonated beverage, and mint leaves. Stir to combine. Serve on top of ice and more sliced strawberries!
    * NOTE: don't add the carbonated drink or mint to the mixture if you don't plan on serving it right away. Mint wilts pretty quickly and the carbonated drink will lose its fizziness!
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