Here we go! History is made today, culinary adventurers! The first recipe from Kool-Aid Comes of Age for the Cooking with Kool-Aid Project. I figured I’d start with something easy. To be fair, they’re all pretty easy. This is not Modern Cuisine by any stretch. But still!
This recipe for Mint Fruity Surprise (the recipe names could really use some work) is one of the five recipes from the Some Like It Cold section of the book.
Essentially this is mint-infused Kool-Aid, but the term “infused” didn’t exist in the 70s as it was invented four years ago by hipster chefs the world over. One cup of the water normally reserved for straight-off-the-package Kool-Aid is used to steep mint leaves, and then everything is mixed together. I opted for the strawberry preparation because this is the first post and strawberry is a classic.
I didn’t think this was going to be any good. This was the first time I’ve used mint leaves for anything, and I was a little intimidated by their intensity. But it tastes pretty good, I must say. The strawberry is the most noticeable, obviously, but the underlying mint is subtle and a nice complement. (My mint leaves seemed small, so there may be room to ratchet up the mint’s strength) The balance works, and the drink is pretty crisp and refreshing when served ice cold.
And look at it! It’s beautiful! That’s some sexy Kool-Aid all up in your face.
I think that might prove to be a fairly common occurrence. I’m fascinated by anything that’s artificial and candy-colored.
One recipe down and sixty-two to go. We’re off to a good start!