Old-fashioned buttermilk coolers like these are a quick & delicious way to beat the heat

How you can beat the heat with an old-fashioned buttermilk cooler

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Looking for something new to drink? Try these old-fashioned buttermilk coolers with easy recipes that are fast to make, delicious, and a cool alternative to plain fruit juice, soda, punches, or milkshakes. Here are variations from three different decades.

3 quickie coolers with Golden State buttermilk (1958)

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Don’t you feel cooler just for looking? And wait ’til you try Golden State buttermilk! It’s smooth and tangy, with a country-kitchen flavor all its own.

PINEAPPLE Quickie Cooler

Cooling as a South sea breeze! It’s simply tangy buttermilk mixed half-and-half with canned pineapple juice, and topped off with a perky sprig of fresh mint.

TOMATO Quickie Cooler

Wonderful waker-upper! Fill glass half full with buttermilk; add tomato juice and stir. (Like extra zing? Simply add a  dash or two of Worcestershire sauce.)

LEMON Quickie Cooler

Ever so good — and ever so easy! Just add a small can of frozen lemonade concentrate to a quart of buttermilk; shake until blended. (Extra pretty with pink lemonade!) 

QUICKEST Quickie Cooler of all! Just plain buttermilk … and just plain wonderful because it’s Golden State! ‘Specially good with a pinch of garlic salt or paprika…and salty crackers on the side.

And even though it’s extra low in calories, it’s full of the proteins, the vitamins and minerals you need these hot summer days. Like today. Bring on Golden State buttermilk — and cool off quick right now!

4 quickie buttermilk cooler recipes (1958)

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Tie your appetite time to tangy buttermilk coolers

St. Cloud Times (Saint Cloud, Minnesota) June 25, 1968

Some warm morning when your family-crew greets you with “Looks like a scorcher” instead of “Nice day,” you’ll know it’s time to stir up a batch of Buttermilk Coolers.

Nothing quite equals the thirst-quenching quality of icy-cold buttermilk whether you’re afloat or ashore. Old-fashioned buttermilk with golden flakes of butter floating in it, has long been a favorite refresher. Nowadays, buttermilk is dairy-made, so its flavor and quality remain uniform.

Just for fun, why not try it in various flavors and colors? You’ll get the same cool refreshment, with some .new taste appeal. We’ve mixed up a trayful that includes these flavors: pineapple, orange and lemon sherbet and tomato, They’re as cooling as a summer shower, as colorful as the rainbow that follows it.

Best of all, they’re simple to make. Just blend buttermilk, icy cold, with the juice or sherbet you use as seasoning.

Some of the coolers also call for a dash or salt or sugar. Serve these Buttermilk Coolers frosty cold. You can make them in advance and refrigerate until serving time. For a cool snack or a light summer meal, serve Buttermilk Coolers with those delightful open-faced sandwiches the Danes call “smørrebrød.”

Visitors to Denmark often come away feeling that the national pastime is pre-paring and eating these artistic and delectable sandwiches, and perhaps it is!

The word “smorrebrod” means “buttered bread.” and that’s the basis for each tempting sandwich.

As for the topping, you’re on your own. Use any combination of foods such as tiny shrimp heaped on lettuce and topped with a lemon slice; anchovy and hard-cooked egg slices on crisp chopped lettuce; Vienna sausages, split lengthwise, with bacon and minced mushrooms.

The sky’s the limit, so let your imagination soar and keep a weather-eye peeled for guests.

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Instructions for all buttermilk cooler recipes below: In a blender or with an electric mixer blend ingredients. Serve icy cold. Serves 2.

Citrus buttermilk cooler recipe

1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 pint buttermilk, icy cold
3 tablespoons sugar

Pineapple buttermilk cooler recipe

1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pint buttermilk, icy cold
3 scoops pineapple sherbet

Orange buttermilk cooler recipe

4 scoops orange sherbet
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pint buttermilk, icy cold

Lemon buttermilk cooler recipe

4 scoops lemon sherbet
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pint buttermilk, icy cold

Tomato buttermilk cooler recipe

1 cup tomato juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pint buttermilk, icy cold

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Classic buttermilk cooler recipe (1971)

It’s orange juice and buttermilk, and it’s just a little wild. And delicious.

Just mix these things together until the sugar melts, and served up four tall, cool Foremost buttermilk coolers. Perfect for a sizzling July afternoon.


1-1/2 cups chilled Foremost buttermilk
1-1/2 cups chilled orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar

One more thing. Be darned sure the buttermilk is Foremost. The Freshmost.

Classic buttermilk cooler recipe (1971)

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