Make and Freeze Unflavored Koolade

We are all washing out and re-using single-serving sized plastic bottles, right? Even if you never have an occasion to buy such things, your friends will gladly save them for you, if you ask.

Make 2 jugs of Koolade, one of two separate flavors. Make a gallon of each. Put sugar or sugar substitute, in one but not the other. Using the one without sugar, pour into pre-washed plastic beverage bottles to measure about one-third and then place in the freezer for 4-8 hours. Put the sweetened jug into the fridge.

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Just before you are going out, take one of the bottles from the freezer and fill to the neck with the koolade from the jug in the fridge, shake and you are set to go. The beverage will stay cold longer than any drink you could stop and get in a convenience store because almost half of it is ice when you start and the sugar content lowers as the day wears on because the "ice" part wasn't sweetened. The change in taste will be gradual.

This also works well when you simply add plain drinking water to the frozen part to encourage little ones to drink more water. Flavored water is just as good as unflavored water and you don't have to mention that you didn't put sugar in the frozen part.

By Susan from WV

May 6, 20080 found this helpful

Please don't re-use the bottles that single-serving beverages come in. Because they are intended to be disposed of, they're made from a lower grade of plastic which can absorb bacteria. I read an article in the newspaper warning of this. If you want to make your own flavored waters, purchase bottles intended for re-use.

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May 6, 20080 found this helpful

The notion that freezing something in or re-using plastic bottles will cause leeching of some unseen toxin is nothing but an urban myth. It has been tested and disproved over and over. Even snopes.com has verified there is no danger in this practice. There is nothing toxic nor poisonous in the plastic bottles that beverages come in.

For the truth behind this myth, please read more about it here: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/petbottles.asp

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May 6, 20080 found this helpful

The article I read didn't say anything about carcinocins; it was just warning about bacteria.

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May 7, 20080 found this helpful

My husband likes herbal ice tea (his favorite is apple-cinnamon) I was putting the tea in plastic water bottles that I cleaned and reused, but after hearing about bisphenol A on the news, I decided to buy reusable drinking bottles. Boy, are they pricey! I finally spotted Heinz vinegar in the grocery store. It comes in glass bottles with resealable caps, There is a 16 ounce size and a 32 ounce size, and the smaller one only costs around one dollar, plus you get all that wonderful vinegar that you can use in your laundry, on your windows, or for weed-killing, etc. I really don't know if you can freeze drinks in a glass bottle, but they're great for ice tea and flavored waters.

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