Behold, the ingredients for a Sparkling Citrus Cooler!
Once again, I can't follow a recipe to save my soul. Well, maybe I can, but I have this thing about left over ingredients. If I can't throw in a whole can, or find the right amount, I don't like saving the leftovers. They usually go bad before I get a chance to use them again. This generally stems from me not knowing how to throw random ingredients together to "create" a recipe, but I can admit my weaknesses, and therefore don't feel too bad if I fudge a current recipe to save me from the excess waste. Long story short (too late!), I doubled up on the frozen orange juice because that was the only sized can I could find.
This drink is so easy to make, and it's quite versatile. I tried it with tequila, with vodka, and with no booze at all (gasp!). All three were winners, plus I think if there had been any Malibu or Parrot Bay on hand, rum would have been a great addition as well. And, unlike the Sangria, I wasn't afraid to have leftovers for the next day, or the day after that. The sparkling water added to it, but didn't leave a "flat" taste, like I was worried about with the Sprite Zero.
The only downfall, if you let it be one, was the fruit cocktail left over in the bottom of the pitcher. Unlike Sangria (although this doesn't have to be the case), you don't soak the fruit in the alcohol before serving it up, so there's no "bonus" benefit from chomping down on the lemons or limes. So, make a plan. Serve up your drinks with the fruit mixed in, or leave them in the pitcher and have a sweetened dessert after your meal. Either way, drink up, and enjoy the extra dose of vitamin C!