Kool-Aid isn’t just for kids. Creator Edwin Perkins originally marketed his powdered drink mix for all ages, later promoting family-friendly offshoots including dessert mixes and ice cream. His alternative products never took off, but that didn’t stop consumers from finding creative household uses for Kool-Aid as a hair dye, drain cleaner and lip stain.
The folks at Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles have discovered yet another off-label use for the summertime staple: a refreshing base for adults-only libations like the Purplesaurus Rex, made with grape-flavored mix. Start with 1 1⁄2 oz. gin in a tall mixer filled with ice. Add 1 oz. fresh lemonade and shake well. Pour into a Mason jar and fill with pre-made grape Kool-Aid for a tart, disarmingly lowbrow libation that’ll make your next July barbecue an event to remember.
Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
3133 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
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