Raspberry-Orange Cooler

When I was growing up, my mom's philosophy on entertaining was like The Little Black Dress - Simple, Classic and Versatile.  She mastered a few delicious, yet easy recipes,  kept her pantry and freezer stocked, and seemed to always be prepared for whomever walked through our door.  Take this Raspberry-Orange Cooler, for example.

It uses but two ingredients - orange juice concentrate and frozen berries.
It couldn't be easier to make.

Start by emptying one small (6 ounce) can of frozen orange juice concentrate into a blender.

Add one package of frozen raspberries or strawberries (with syrup).

Fill the empty orange juice concentrate container with ice and then top off with water.
Do this three times.  Turn on the blender and puree until smooth.

Slice some oranges for garnish, serve and sip.  Feel your body begin to cool from the summer heat.

My mom has served this delightful not-too-sweet, not-too-tart drink to country pastors and big city attorneys.  
Each guest left feeling equally refreshed.


Raspberry-Orange Cooler

1 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate
1 10-ounce package frozen strawberries or raspberries with syrup

Place frozen concentrate and frozen berries with syrup in a blender.   Fill the empty orange juice concentrate container with ice.  Top off with water.  Pour ice and water into blender.  Repeat ice and water two more times.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into glasses and garnish with an orange slice.


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Ashley said…
ah this looks so yummy! thanks for sharing!!!
Lisa Weidknecht said…
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What a delicious looking beverage. It sounds so refreshing. Thanks for coming by to share it!
Jacqueline said…
Your photo is just gorgeous! How wonderful and sooooo easy. It sounds perfect. I love smoothies any way you make them.
a joyful noise said…
Thank you for this delicious looking slushy drink! I must try this one during all this hot weather we are having here in Calif.
malia said…
Send one over! LOL
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Unknown said…
Yummy! it looks so refreshing! Come check me out!
Oooooh! This looks delightful. Will definitely have to try. Coming over from Ann's Food on Fridays.
JoAnna said…
That look soooooo good!
KB said…
Looks delish. We'd love you to share your recipe with us at
Simply Delish.
Heather S-G said…
Mmmm, it definitely looks refreshing. I love the raspberry/orange combo, too...tart and sweet and beautiful, too :D
Miz Helen said…
My friend and I were looking at your post and we left went to the store and got the ingredients to make this Cooler. It is awesome!!!!Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and sure hope to see you again real soon!
Miz Helen
Anonymous said…
Sounds so good and refreshing!
Kim McCallie said…
This looks so delicious and refreshing and would be perfect for this afternoon. It's a hot sweltering afternoon here in Georgia. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.
April said…
Yum! Sounds delish!
KB said…
Thank you for sharing with us at
Simply Delish. Hope to see you again next weekend.
Looks very refreshing, perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing your mom's recipe, Rachel!
The Ellis' said…
This looks amazing! We will be featuring this in our "Fresh Food Friday" segment on our blog this week! Come by and grab a button!

Elyse @ sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com
Miz Helen said…
Congratulations Rachel!
You are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. You are welcome to pick up your Featured Red Plate.
Miz Helen

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