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Houlihan's Houli Fruit Fizz

Score: 5.00 (votes: 3)
Reviews: 3
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Restaurateurs Joseph Gilbert and John Robinson needed a name for the new restaurant they planned to open in the Country Club Plaza of Kansas City, Missouri. To make the job easy, they kept the name of the location's previous tenant—a clothing store called Houlihan's Mens Wear—and opened Houlihan's Old Place in 1972. This was at the time when T.G.I. Friday's was popularizing casual dining, so the concept was an instant hit. That early success led to more Houlihan's opening in other states, and another multi-million dollar chain was born. The Houli Fruit Fizz is a simple blend of fruit juices and Sprite that can be served with a meal or enjoyed on its own. This drink is one of Houlihan's own classic, signature recipes.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

Get This

  • 1 12-ounce can cold Sprite
  • 1/2 cup cold pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup cold orange juice
  • 1 cup cold cranberry juice
Do This

Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and pour into two glasses over ice. Be sure all of the ingredients are cold when combined. 

Makes one drink.

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Anonymous reviewer
Mar 29, 2013, 22:00
I wanted to make a big batch of this for a party so I tweekad it just a bit. I cut up the watermelon and put it in the blender and added all of the puree to the punch bowl, not just the juice. Instead of lime juice, I used Simply Limeade and then sprite. So I used 6 cups of watermelon puree, 4 cups Sprite, and 1 1/2 cups Simply Limeade. Great recipe, thanks for sharing!
Feb 13, 2006, 22:00
Paul Robinson, not John, was Joe Gilbert's partner. The name Houlihan's was actually an accident. The pair could not come up with what they considered a sure fire name. On one of the crates bringing restaurant equipment to the site the local shipping company wrote under the address label, "Houlihan's Old Place" to help the driver with directions. Paul Robinson saw this on the crate and knew he had a winning name. Tom Houlihan's wife was consulted and honored to have her husbands name remain with the building.
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