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Anybody thirsty for a brand-name drink? Welcome to the knockoff beverage center. From Starbucks® and McDonald's® to Applebees®, Dairy Queen®, and Jamba Juice®, Todd Wilbur has created clones of America's most popular brand-name drinks that you can make at home.
Of course, this little recipe book is perfect for everyone who wants to make a Starbucks Frappuccino®, an A&W Cream Soda®, or a 7-Eleven Cherry Slurpee® at home. But it's also great fun for all of us who like to play "guess the secret ingredient" when we're drinking a Yoo-hoo® or a Snapple Peach Iced Tea®, and helpful to those of us who like to play "guess how many calories" when we're drinking a Dairy Queen Blizzard®. (Calories are not listed, but you can estimate pretty well, working from the ingredient list.)
In addition to sodas, smoothies, and shakes, Wilbur has also cloned dozens of specialty drinks from T.G.I. Friday's®, Outback Steakhouse®, Red Lobster®, Hard Rock Café®, Planet Hollywood®, and House of Blues®. If your friends demand Planet Hollywood Shooters® or Hard Rock Hurricanes®, you'll be ready. Wilbur has also created recipes for Grand Marnier®, Bailey's Irish Cream®, and Amaretto®.
Wilbur's step-by-step recipes are very easy and require no more advanced kitchen equipment than a pitcher and a blender or shaker. You may want to give him a special award for figuring out how to keep the ice cream from going all soft when other ingredients are stirred into a Dairy Queen Blizzard® look-alike. (Ginger Curwen)