Serves 14 to 16
10 minutes prep, 10 minutes total

This cooler is an old standby at our house. With no alcohol, no sugar and lots of tart-sweet citrus, it’s what to drink when the heat index is up in the stratosphere. As you sip, the mint leaves are bruised by the ice cubes just enough to let loose some of that cool snap.


  • 3 quarts chilled orange juice
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 8 to 9 lemons
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • 2 lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1 large orange, thinly sliced
  • One large bunch fresh spearmint


1. Blend the orange juice, lemon juice (start with juice of 8 lemons and sample before adding more), and water in large pitchers. Stir in citrus slices. Serve by filling glasses with ice, tucking in 2 mint sprigs and pouring in the cooler.

From A Summertime Grilling Guide by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift. Copyright © 2012 by American Public Media.