If there’s something strange in your neighborhood. Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!
If you were a child of the late 80′s/early 90′s as we were, you should instantly recall those lyrics. And if you can recall those lyrics, chances are good you might also remember the Hi-C Drink product tie in, Ecto Cooler.
Ecto-Cooler was an overly sweet orange flavored drink produced by Minute Maid and was a promotion associated with the cartoon series The Real Ghostbusters. The box featured the character Slimer, a ghost who in the movie slimed Dr. Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray) with ectoplasm. Seeing as how Halloween is next week, Rachel and I thought it would be fun to try out a home made version of Ecto Cooler.
I was a huge fan of the Ghostbusters movies and cartoon, and the proud owner of multiple action figures, proton packs, and even Ghostbusters flannel sheets. As a child, this drink was always in my lunchbox.
Ecto Cooler was originally released in 1987 to help promote the animated series The Real Ghostbusters, but was discontinued in 2001. It survived under the repackaged name Shoutin’ Orange Tangergreen and then as Crazy Citrus Cooler, but since 2007 no version of Ecto Cooler has been sold in stores at all. So if you want it, you need to make it yourself.
The drink itself is very sugary and sweet, and has a supernatural neon green color to it-just like the ghost, Slimer. It’s been so long since I had Ecto-Cooler that I personally can’t attest to how faithful this recreation is to the original drink. But from the reviews I’ve read, this recipe sounds to be pretty close to the real thing and a real blast from the past. It certainly tastes like something I would have enjoyed as a kid.
Recipe: Ecto Cooler
- 1 Packet Kool Aid/Flavor Aid Orange
- 1 Packet Kool Aid/Flavor Aid Tangerine
- 3/4 Cup Orange Juice (No Pulp)
- 3/4 Cup Tangerine Juice or 1 can mashed Mandarin Oranges with juices
- 1 teaspoon Countrytime Lemonade (Regular)
- 1 1/2 Cups Sugar (we just put 1 cup. It was sweet enough)
- Green and yellow food coloring for color.
- In a 1 gallon pitcher, combine all ingredients.
- Fill remainder of container with water.
- Stir and add food coloring, if desired.
Recipe from: Ghostbusters Chicago Division