Here’s another easy yet, oh-so-good recipe, perfect for any time of the year, but especially summertime. Years ago, a restaurant/ice cream chain made a, “cooler” from their watermelon sherbet, and it was delicious; it was also perfect for a brutally hot summer day when ice cream was just too rich. As a matter of fact, I remember being about eight years old and delivering one of these watermelon sherbet coolers to my favorite cousin after she’d had her wisdom teeth extracted (’cause you know a milk shake would have been too thick, and sucking through a straw is frowned upon immediately following a tooth extraction).

I think this restaurant chain still makes them, but the last time I had one, it paled in comparison to the ones I’d had as a kid. Perhaps they changed the recipe of the cooler, or perhaps they changed the recipe of their sherbet…all I know is that it just didn’t taste the same (unfortunately, this applies to many things I had as a kid). The recipe to follow is the closest I’ve ever come to duplicating that refreshing drink of old that I remember so well.

All you need to make approximately four, 12-ounce glasses is:

— Sherbet in your flavor of choice, one quart
— One cup of simple syrup (add 2/3 cup of sugar to a mixing glass; add room temperature water to make one cup; stir until sugar is dissolved; continue adding water, if needed, to make one cup)
— One quart of sparkling spring water, plain or flavored to compliment your sherbet flavor (you’ll use a bit more than half of this sparkling water)


1. Add sherbet to a blender and pour the simple syrup over it; cover and blend as much as possible until it’s the consistency of thin pudding (you’ll probably have to remove the lid and stir it a few times). Turn off the blender.

2. Add about one cup of the sparkling water and blend again, only this time on the lowest setting (you want to keep as much of that carbonation as possible). If your blender has a removable cap, keep your blender on the lowest setting and slowly add another cup or 1 1/2 cups of the sparkling water until it’s incorporated.

3. Pour into glasses and garnish with fresh fruit (if desired). Serve immediately.


Sherbet Cooler

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