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We Turned Notorious Aussie Teen Drinks Into Grown-Up Cocktails

It's time to make new memories with a Vodka Cruiser that aren't nauseating.

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These are seven popular pre-mixed drinks sold in Australia. You probably have not-so-fond memories with one (or all) of them that date back to your late teen years, when your newly-legal self had heart eyes for sugary, rainbow coloured booze. 😍

Like the 18th birthday party you never had*? *remembered.
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Like the 18th birthday party you never had*?

*remembered.

But has it ever occurred to you that these rainbow colours could lend themselves fabulously to fruity, fun cocktails that are totally A-OK to drink as an older, wiser person, no judgement?

BuzzFeed Life tested it out, basically conducting a makeover show starring nostalgic booze.
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BuzzFeed Life tested it out, basically conducting a makeover show starring nostalgic booze.

These seven recipes set out to prove that there are ways to consume pre-mixed drinks that don’t involve a random park or a blackout.

And if you're not scarred, but rather have a soft spot for your teen drink-of-choice, you can now serve it at ~mature~ soirees without shame.
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And if you're not scarred, but rather have a soft spot for your teen drink-of-choice, you can now serve it at ~mature~ soirees without shame.

1. Juicy Juicy Watermelon Cruise

You will need: 1 "Juicy Watermelon" Vodka Cruiser LimePomegranate seedsBasil Optional extra shot of vodka Directions: Pour your Cruiser into a glass. Add the juice of a whole lime, extra shot, basil leaves and pomegranate seeds.
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You will need:

1 "Juicy Watermelon" Vodka Cruiser

Lime

Pomegranate seeds

Basil

Optional extra shot of vodka

Directions: Pour your Cruiser into a glass. Add the juice of a whole lime, extra shot, basil leaves and pomegranate seeds.

2. Loco-Coco Illusion

Start this one day ahead to allow ice cubes to freeze. You will need: 1 bottle of Midori IllusionCoconut waterLimeOptional extra shot of vodkaDirections: The day before you want to drink this, pour coconut water into an ice cube tray and freeze. The following day, pop out four or five ice cubes, place in a glass and pour over your Midori, extra shot, and the juice of a whole lime.
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Start this one day ahead to allow ice cubes to freeze.

You will need:

1 bottle of Midori Illusion

Coconut water

Lime

Optional extra shot of vodka

Directions: The day before you want to drink this, pour coconut water into an ice cube tray and freeze. The following day, pop out four or five ice cubes, place in a glass and pour over your Midori, extra shot, and the juice of a whole lime.

3. Pash-and-Pop Mimosa

You will need: Passion Pop Passionfruit Fresh mint Directions: Scoop the flesh from one whole passionfruit into a champagne flute (you can strain the seeds if you want). Fill half way with Passion Pop, add fresh mint leaves, then top up the rest of the glass.
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You will need:

Passion Pop

Passionfruit

Fresh mint

Directions: Scoop the flesh from one whole passionfruit into a champagne flute (you can strain the seeds if you want). Fill half way with Passion Pop, add fresh mint leaves, then top up the rest of the glass.

4. Totally Tropical Raspberry Sunrise

You will need: 1 can of Raspberry UDL Fresh raspberries Lime Soda waterOptional extra shot of vodka Directions: Pour the UDL into a glass. Add a handful of fresh raspberries, the juice of a whole lime, optional extra shot, and soda water to taste.
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You will need:

1 can of Raspberry UDL

Fresh raspberries

Lime

Soda water

Optional extra shot of vodka

Directions: Pour the UDL into a glass. Add a handful of fresh raspberries, the juice of a whole lime, optional extra shot, and soda water to taste.

5. What A Cool Thyme!

You will need: 1 bottle of West Coast Cooler Cloudy apple juiceLemonFresh thymeDirections: Pour the West Coast Cooler into a glass. Top up with cloudy apple juice and the juice of half to a whole lemon. Add a few sprigs of thyme to infuse.
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You will need:

1 bottle of West Coast Cooler

Cloudy apple juice

Lemon

Fresh thyme

Directions: Pour the West Coast Cooler into a glass. Top up with cloudy apple juice and the juice of half to a whole lemon. Add a few sprigs of thyme to infuse.

6. Berry Lush Guava Spritz

You will need: 1 bottle of "Lush Guava" Vodka CruiserStrawberriesLemonOptional extra shot of vodka Directions: Pour your Cruiser into a glass. Add sliced strawberries, extra shot and the juice of a whole lemon.
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You will need:

1 bottle of "Lush Guava" Vodka Cruiser

Strawberries

Lemon

Optional extra shot of vodka

Directions: Pour your Cruiser into a glass. Add sliced strawberries, extra shot and the juice of a whole lemon.

7. Extra Fun Fruit Tingle

You will need: 1 bottle of Smirnoff Double Black GrenadineBlue Curacao Optional extra shot of vodka Directions: Pour your Double Black into a glass. Add a splash of grenadine, blue curacao, and the extra shot.
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You will need:

1 bottle of Smirnoff Double Black

Grenadine

Blue Curacao

Optional extra shot of vodka

Directions: Pour your Double Black into a glass. Add a splash of grenadine, blue curacao, and the extra shot.

So how do you like them now?

The moral of the recipes is to add a heap of citrus to balance out the tooth-aching sweetness. Also, besides the obvious potency impact, adding the optional extra shots of vodka helps to dull the sugar rush too.
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed

The moral of the recipes is to add a heap of citrus to balance out the tooth-aching sweetness. Also, besides the obvious potency impact, adding the optional extra shots of vodka helps to dull the sugar rush too.