Appetizers & Snacks, Dessert, Drinks

Grilled Citrus Cooler

  • Prep 5 mins
  • Total 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

We don’t see many grilled beverage items in the grilling world, but with the Ninja® Foodi® XL Pro Grill & Griddle, we’re changing that! We had a lot of fun creating this dish in the Ninja® Test Kitchen, especially the adult version. The char from grilling the citrus takes this drink to a whole new level of flavor you have never had before. If you like it sweeter, add more honey or even some simple syrup. It’s a great option for outdoor summer barbecues with family and friends. —Melissa Celli

To see more recipes like this, check out the Ninja® Foodi® XL PRO Grill & Griddle Cookbook for Beginners.

Variation: Want to make this adult friendly? Try soaking the grilled citrus slices in 1/2 cup of your favorite rum, tequila, or vodka for 1 to 2 hours, then add it to the mixture in step 5 for a truly
refreshing drink!

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  • 1 lime, halved
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 1 navel orange, halved
  • 1 blood orange, halved
  • 1/4 cup honey, warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds
  • 2 (33-ounce) bottles plain sparkling water, divided
  • Plenty of ice


  • Grill Grate
  • Step 1

    Insert the Grill Grate and close the hood. Select GRILL, set the temperature to MAX, and set the time to 10 minutes. Press the dial to begin preheating.

  • Step 2

    Set one half of each of the lime, lemon, navel orange, and blood orange aside. Thinly slice the remaining halves.

  • Step 3

    When the unit beeps to signify it has preheated, place the unsliced citrus halves cut-side down on the grill. Leave the hood open and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove the fruit from the grill and set aside to cool.

  • Step 4

    Place the sliced fruit on the grill. Leave the hood open and grill for 1 minute on each side, working in batches if necessary. Remove the fruit from the grill and set aside
    to cool.

  • Step 5

    Using your hands or a citrus juicer, juice the grilled halves of fruit into a pitcher. Add the honey and 1 bottle of sparkling water. Stir well to combine. Add the fruit
    slices, leaving a few aside to garnish the glasses, and the remaining 1 bottle of sparkling water and stir to incorporate.

  • Step 6

    Divide the ice among the glasses, pour the cooler into the glasses, and garnish with the reserved grilled fruit slices.