The Golden Refresher

The Golden Refresher
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Are you looking for a delicious drink to spice up your cooking repertoire? Look no further than the Golden Refresher! This refreshing beverage is sure to tantalize your taste buds and impress your friends. With its unique combination of sweet and tart flavors, this drink will be sure to hit the spot – no matter what you’re in the mood for!

This is a really nice drink and one that is not hard to make at all. You can make these for any type of event, holiday, birthday party, baby shower, anniversary, corporate event, or just because.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • dash salt
  • 1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 pt orange sherbert
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • mint sprigs
  • Maraschino cherries, with the stems on
  • 2 bottles (12-oz size) carbonated lemon drink or ginger ale, chilled well

Some weekends and summer break this is the first thing my grandchildren will ask me to make for them. And yes I have spoiled them rotten with these. There are just so many events you can make the golden refresher for. Can you believe, I even had one at a Halloween party once? Yes, and it was fantastic.

the golden refresher

The Golden Refresher

The Golden Refresher is a very easy drink to make, and one of my grandchildren's favorite. They love this drink no matter when it is served to them.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: drinks, fruit drink, golden refresher
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Beryl
Cost: $9.00


  • 1 medium sauce pan
  • 1 liquid measuring cup
  • 1 large wooden spoon
  • 1 8 oz tall glass
  • 1 Tablespoon


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • dash salt
  • 1 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 pt orange sherbert
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • mint sprigs
  • Maraschino cherries with the stems on
  • 2 bottles 12-oz size carbonated lemon drink or ginger ale, chilled well


  • In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of water, cloves, salt, and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Now reduce the heat, and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add the cinnamon stick and let it cool.
  • Now combine the orange and lemon juices with the cooled syrup. Then mix this really well. Refrigerate this for several hours, until it is very cold.
  • To serve this: In each tall glass (8 oz), pour about ⅔ cup of the juice, and drop in 1 large spoonful of sherbert. Now fill the glass with a carbonated drink. Stir the drink and garnish with a mint sprig, and with a cherry.


Nutrition Facts
The Golden Refresher
Serving Size
10 grams
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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You can also change some of the ingredients if you prefer. My grandchildren, also like to have me put strawberry and pink lemonade in their golden refresher drinks. When you get ready for a change, how about trying one of these other combinations? I have also tried preparing it and using a fancier glass, in order to give my family and grandchildren the illusion that it was an entirely new drink. I know, it is sneaky but it worked.

So please don’t wait for certain times of the year, go ahead and try it and I would love to hear how you liked it. If you have a different version of this drink or a different combination you use in yours, please leave me a comment and let me know what it is.

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