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Entry from September 29, 2008
Texas Kool-Aid or Texas Cool-Aid (cocktail & wine & Crown Royal nickname)

Kool-Aid is a popular artificially-flavored drink mix. What is a Texas Kool-Aid (also spelled “Texas Cool-Aid")?

A Texas Kool-Aid cocktail consists of Creme de Noyaux, melon liqueur, vodka nad cranberry juice. This cocktail is on several websites, but does not seem to be especially popular.

Several Texas wineries claim to make “Texas Kool-Aid.” Lubbock’s Llano Estacado Winery sells wine that has been called ‘Texas Kool-Aid.” Cap*Rock Winery (located south of Lubbock) produces a Blush Royale that has been called “West Texas Kool-Aid.”

‘Texas Kool-Aid” also appears to be a nickname for Crown Royal (a blended Canadian whisky).

Wikipedia: Kool-Aid
Kool-Aid is a brand of artificially-flavored drink mix owned by the Kraft Foods Company.

Invention and production
The building in Hastings, Nebraska where Kool-Aid was inventedKool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins and his wife Kitty in Hastings, Nebraska, USA. Its predecessor was a liquid concentrate called Fruit Smack. To reduce shipping costs, in 1927, Perkins discovered a way to remove the liquid from Fruit Smack, leaving only a powder. This powder was named Kool-Ade. A few years later, it was renamed ‘Kool-Aid’ due to a change in U.S. government regulations regarding the need for fruit juice in products using the term “Ade”. Perkins moved his production to Chicago in 1931 and Kool-Aid was sold to General Foods in 1953.

Drink Nation
Texas Kool-Aid
1 oz. Creme de Noyaux
1 oz. Liqueur, melon
1 oz. Vodka
1 splash Cranberry Juice

Glass to Use
Highball glass
Mixing Instructions
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass over ice.

Dinky Drinks
Texas Kool-aid
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
1 oz. Creme de Noyaux
1 splash Cranberry Juice

Mixing instructions:
Pour over ice, shake until cooled, then pour into glass.
Glass Type: Highball Glass

My Drink Recipes
Texas Kool-aid
1 oz. Creme de Noyaux
1 oz. vodka
1 Splash cranberry juice
1 oz. Midori® melon liqueur

Directions: Pour over ice, shake until cooled, then pour into glass.
Serves: 1
Type: alcoholic shot

The Webtender
Texas Cool-Aid
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Midori melon liqueur
1 oz Creme de Noyaux
1 splash Cranberry juice

Mixing instructions:
Pour over ice, shake until cooled, then pour into glass.

Miss Charming’s Crazy Cocktail Recipes
All my Ex’s live in Texas Kool-Aid
• Half pony the Brandy
• Half pony the Sherry
• Pony the Tequila Rose
• Pony the Strawberry Flavored Vodka
• Fill with sweet-n-sour & cranberry juice
• Strawberry garnish
• Texas size tall cool glass

They say everything in Texas is big and this drink is no exception. Rustle up a Texas-sized glass of ice and pour in all the ex’s, Brandy, Sherry, and Tequila Rose. Now add the Strawberry Vodka, sweet-n-sour and cranberry juice and stir it up good cowboy. Garnish with a summertime strawberry, stick in a big straw and let your taste buds sample those ex’s one more time. 

Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock, Texas sells a chilled wine that is referred to as ‘Texas Kool Aid’.

Texas Family—Lone Star Living (January/February 2008)
THE WORLD-CLASS WINES produced in Texas reflect our state’s diverse personality—from Cap Rock Winery’s award-winning Blush Royale, recommended for pairing with barbeque or Tex-Mex and nicknamed “West Texas Kool-Aid,” to Comfort Cellars’ Jalapeno Wine.

Craigslist—Dallas, TX
Pool Table Light (Crown Royal “Texas Kool-Aid") Rare - $400 (Mansfield)
Reply to: [?]
Date: 2008-09-17, 10:58PM CDT
Picture says it all, Its a Crown Royal pool table light with everything included.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, September 29, 2008 • Permalink