As winter slowly comes to an end and the summer sun is upon us, cool escapes are again becoming the epicenter and core weapon against the sun’s raging heat. A honey dripper, or more widely known as Lilly Dilly or Cherry Berry, is one such item.
It is essentially a homemade punch-type drink which has a particular fruity essence to it. However, don’t let its humble origins deceive you. It is an absolute treat to have and can certainly be a treat for those hot summer days. Even with all its plus points, people seem to have forgotten this gem of a drink native to Jacksonville, Florida.
It’s a drink adored by children and adults alike. The love for honey drippers is rarely seen to decrease, and its demand is undoubtedly going to increase in the coming months as kids will resort to more outdoor activities and sports. Lemonade stands will pop up, seemingly out of nowhere, and kids will look for solutions to cool themselves.
How to Make This Delicious Frozen Drink
There are, however, a few steps to making this delicious drink. The first step is always choosing the base flavor. The base flavor acts like a foundation. This drink is usually made with Kool-Aid or other fruit-based juices.
What You’re Going to Need:
- Water (Thanks, Captain Obvious!)
- Styrofoam cups
- Icebox or fridge
Let’s get to know the steps of making the honey dripper drink.
- Step 1: Make the desired Kool-Aid as per the instruction on the packet with extra sugar. If the package says to add 1 spoonful, add 3 spoonsful. This is important because, once the juice freezes, it will become very tasteless.
- Step 2: Pour the contents into Styrofoam or plastic cups to 1 inch from the brim
- Step 3: Freeze the cups.
- Step 4: Enjoy the goodness.
If simple frozen Kool-Aid isn’t what you had in mind for beating the heat, there are always a few variations to spruce up the game and make your battle against the heat even better.
As a child, my dad would always make me these to challenge the summer weather, but on days when he had a lot of spare time, I would often find small pieces of cut up fruit in the mixture, and believe it or not, it made a world of difference. It was like a cheap Kinder Joy. It was like a treat at the end of a treat.
The method for this is very simple. Just adding canned fruit to the juice in the second step in the initial method is more than enough. However, it is imperative that you be mindful of the fruits you’ll be using relative to the juice flavor.
If you’re using an orange-flavored Kool-Aid, you should use sweet fruits that have a hint of tanginess. It is, in essence, fruits that will complement the juice and help enhance its flavor.
Honey Dripper with Multiple Flavors
If you’re feeling brave and feel like you would enjoy some extra flavors, you can mix up two or even three flavors if you’re feeling up to it. However, you need to make sure the flavors you use don’t contradict each other and actually taste good once mixed. The procedure is relatively simple.
- Step 1: Mix multiple Kool-Aid flavors in equal proportions
- Step 2: Throw the mixture into a blender and mix for 20 seconds. (this is to ensure that the taste is evenly spread)
- Step 3: Freeze the mixture and follow the initial instructions
- Step 4: As always, enjoy!
Note: If you think you have the math down and you can mix certain flavors in differing proportions to get the perfect taste, you are more than welcome to do so.
Everyone loves a snow cone. Who doesn’t love scraped snow, showered in fruity juices? Certainly not us. One variation of this concept would be the honey dripper, which is just frozen Kool-Aid served in disposable cups. Anyone who grew up 10 years ago can vouch for its fantastic taste and sheer simplicity.
With summer temperatures expected to reach all-time highs, you know what to do when the weather just doesn’t want to cooperate or the car A/C isn’t working well enough.
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