Absolutely Perfect Kool-Aid

"Who would have thought you could improve on the package directions of Kool-Aid? Well, you can! This is now my family's favourite way to prepare Kool-Aid, at one-and-a-half strength. We tried it at double-strength, but preferred this method, with this amount of sweetness. The extra flavour burst is particularly noticeable, we have found, with cherry, orange, and grape."
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Ready In:


  • 3 (6 g) packages Kool-Aid, your favourite flavour
  • 1 12 cups sugar
  • 1 gallon cold water


  • In a LARGE juice pitcher (1 gallon/4 litres), stir together the 3 packages of koolaid and the sugar.
  • Add about 1/3 of the water and stir well, making sure Kool-Aid and sugar dissolves.
  • Slowly stir in remaining water; chill.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Sheila N.
    I only have a little sugar and a packet of Kool aid how would I make a single glass of Kool aid


  1. Yogi8
    Super! We've been making 1 pkg. with 1/2 c. sugar and filling a large pitcher with water (probably more than 2 quarts.) I like the idea of using the gallon jug... we have so many. Best of all, every kid that's come to our house has liked it this way. A little less sugar never hurt anyone!
  2. Dana-MMH
    We will be making kool-aid like this from now on Lennie! Who would of thought there was any other way to make kool-aid? Thanks Lennie, this just really has alot of flavor and it doesn't taste like sugar water either. DD really enjoyed it, she wanted to know where I bought the new kool-aid from :-)
  3. Kim D.
    Lennie, this KoolAid was well received in my house! My step son's exact words were, "Is this KoolAid? I don't know why, but it's addicting! I've already had 3 glasses, I just can't get enough of this stuff!" I mixed it up in a 1 gallon bottle of water. I poured half the water out into a pitcher and then I added the 3 packages of KoolAid and the sugar to the bottle using a funnel. Then, I put the lid on and shook it up. I then added enough water back to the gallon container to fill to the top, shaking a little as I go to get the water on the top mixed with the KoolAid mixture. Then I just put the gallon container in the fridge... but I must say that it didn't last long in my house! Thanks for sharing your KoolAid recipe, we'll be making it this way from now on!
  4. StaceyB
    My children thought this was great. They said it had a stronger flavor, but it was not sweet enough, so I made it with 2 cups of sugar instead of 1 1/2 cups. I did not have 3 packages of the same flavor so I used 2 Cherry and 1 Roarin' Rasberry Cranberry. Now they can mix and match their KoolAid.
  5. Lennie
    There is a little bit of confusion in this recipe about buying KoolAid. In Canada, the normal size of KoolAid packets is 6 grams. But I have since learned that the U.S. and Canada measure the packets differently; one country by weight and one by volume. You get the same amount of KoolAid in each! The size to use is the regular, ordinary packet of KoolAid, the one about 4 inches long and just shy of 3 inches wide.


  1. Dillian B.
    4 1/2 cups of sugar
  2. Jen T.
    Add about an inch of hot water first to dissolve the sugar & powder. Then fill with cold water! I use 2 pkts kool-aid & 2 cups sugar per gallon. 1 of pkt is always Lemonade & the other is any flavor. My grown kids as well as other adults LOVE my "hood" kool-aid!!
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  4. Alice P.
    If 1 pack of koolaid calls for 1 cup of sugar for a 2quart pitcher..then my thought would be only use 2 packs to 1 1/2 or 2 cups of sugar..depending on how sweet you want it for a a gallon size jug or pitcher..


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