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June 2nd, 2016, 01:07 PM
what the heck is a swamp cooler?? LOL!

June 2nd, 2016, 01:13 PM
It has to be some kind of alcoholic drink is my guess!

June 2nd, 2016, 01:16 PM
No - its a type of AC unit - evaporative cooling
reduction in temperature resulting from the evaporation of a liquid, which removes latent heat from the surface from which evaporation takes place. This process is employed in industrial and domestic cooling systems, and is also the physical basis of sweating.evaporative cooler

evaporative cooler (ie: Swamp Cooler)

evaporative cooler noun

June 2nd, 2016, 01:25 PM
Well...learned somethin new today! Is this a fairly old technology??

K. McEuen
June 2nd, 2016, 02:34 PM
Evaporative coolers have been used for years. They have been around much longer than AC units. They are only effective in dry climates. They can lower the temp by about 20 degrees at most. That is what we cool with in my house.

Sandy Navas
June 2nd, 2016, 02:50 PM
Love swamp coolers, but I'm more interested in a recipe for a mixed drink . . . any ideas? Bet someone in Louisiana could come up with one.

June 2nd, 2016, 03:12 PM
Love swamp coolers, but I'm more interested in a recipe for a mixed drink . . . any ideas? Bet someone in Louisiana could come up with one.

And a few other drinks I know you will love.
green chartreuse The Souse Report (http://www.sousereport.com/tag/green-chartreuse/)

Iris Girl
June 2nd, 2016, 03:40 PM
I have a recipe for a sexy alligator drink and its delicious

June 2nd, 2016, 05:05 PM
I grew up with swamp coolers in the dry seat of SE Utah. They worked great. I am intrigued by a SwampCooler drink though.

June 2nd, 2016, 05:07 PM
Love swamp coolers, but I'm more interested in a recipe for a mixed drink . . . any ideas? Bet someone in Louisiana could come up with one.

Lol, Sandy and Lorie! I was going to say, it would have to be green, so lime would be good. But whatever else goes in there, hold the decorative coating on the surface, k?:lol:

K. McEuen
June 2nd, 2016, 05:13 PM
Swamp Cooler (adapted from Martha Stewart's "Swamp Sips")
lime wedge for rimming glass
2 oz file' powder, green-tinted sugar crystals, or lime sugar for rimming glass
3 oz crushed ice
1 tsp lime juice
2 jiggers Naked Juice Green Machine
1 jigger vodka
1 jigger Mountain Dew
1 - 2 jiggers seltzer
lime wheel for garnish

1) Run the lime wedge along the rim of a 12 oz rocks glass.
2) Pour file' powder (or green sugar or lime sugar) into a saucer and run the rim of the glass around in the powder to coat. Place ice in glass.
3) Pour lime juice, Green Machine, vodka, and Mountain Dew. Top off glass with seltzer. Stir gently.
4) Garnish with lime wheel.
5) Stay cool!

from First, Make a Roux: Friday Cocktail Time #11 - Swamp Cooler (http://makearoux.blogspot.com/2008/06/friday-cocktail-time-11-swamp-cooler.html) (but I have to say, the blog author doesn't know how a swamp cooler works. It does not remove moisture from the air, but adds it.)

June 2nd, 2016, 07:45 PM
You gals kill me. :icon_bump::icon_bump::icon_bump::icon_bump::icon_ bump::icon_bump::icon_bump::icon_bump::icon_bump:: icon_bump::icon_bump

Sandy Navas
June 2nd, 2016, 08:12 PM
Jiggers? Jiggers? How about a couple Slugs?

(You know, I just may have to try that one . . . TY Karen!!)

June 2nd, 2016, 10:35 PM
We had swamp coolers in S. Calif where I grew up. We had straw mats in the sides with water dripping into it. Large fan. I remember we did not even have a safety cover over the large fan blades. We had extremely low humidity so the swamp coolers were great. We also had 3 digit temps in the summer and it would be instant headache to go from a place with a/c then go outside - but no problem going from a place cooled by swamp coolers.

June 2nd, 2016, 11:37 PM
For several years I had/used a swamp cooler since I live in the "Great American Desert". It worked well to cool the house and if it was struggling I would go to the store and get a big block of ice to put into the water. Magic or should I say science?

June 3rd, 2016, 12:18 AM
I have a recipe for a sexy alligator drink and its delicious

That sounds wicked and delish -please share!

June 3rd, 2016, 12:18 AM
Wendy, I got a kick out of your query re: swamp coolers--i.e. evaporative cooler. (And all the other comments that followed!) Colorado climate is dry enough that they work well here, and are much cheaper than A/C, since they run on a reg. outlet. We have an older home that was not wired for A/C. Our elec. panel would need to be upgraded & wiring run through an already finished basement. We chose not to go to all that expense. Our old cooler, which we had for >20 yrs., & was well maintained, finally died last summer. We had a new one installed. To prevent freezing in the cold weather, the water needs to be drained, pump removed & stored inside, etc. in the fall before it's covered for the winter. The cooling panels are aspen pads; we prefer them to the foam ones. They are more efficient. This unit moves the air so much more efficiently than our old one & is much quieter. One has to open all the windows at least 6" for the cooled air to move through the house. It's amazing how quickly it cools down the house. I ran it just on low vent tonight, since it got up to 92 deg. today & the house got quite warm. When DH & I were first married, we lived in a 16 x 70 ft. mobile home. Most MHs have swamp coolers installed on the roofs for cooling. Since they do put a lot of moisture into the air, they really are efficient only in dry climates.131517131518 Here are a couple pics of our cooler. It rests on cement blocks so it's raised up enough for the chute to fit through our back kitchen door. Some homes around here have them installed on the roof, but we didn't want a hole cut in our roof. Up there it would be harder to maintain. Some folks build a platform on the side of the house & have it cool their upstairs rooms. Anyway, they're very common in Colo.

Wendy asked how long evap. cooling had been around. For those who want to know more, check out Wikipedia. It looks like at least 1945, with older methods trialed prior to that. For those who might be interested, the Wikipedia article is quite interesting.

June 3rd, 2016, 11:04 AM
I remember living in Utah in the 60's in the sweltering heat. My parents were rigid in living the way nature intended. When I bought my first house we installed a swamp cooler and it was heaven. Shortly after, my parents did too. Then I moved to the east coast and no one had ever heard of them and no wonder, there is plenty of water evaporating here ... its called humidity.

Iris Girl
June 3rd, 2016, 11:18 AM
That sounds wicked and delish -please share!

Sexy Alligator

1 oz Midori melon liqueur
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1/2 oz jagermeister herbal liqueur

Pour the Midori melon liqueur and the pineapple juice into a shaker. shake and strain into a chilled martini glass.Add amaretto by pouring close to the edge of the glass, allow it to *sink* to the bottom. Float the jagermeister on the top. If needed hold spoon to edge of glass while pouring into spoon. serve, looks neat and tastes great! Enjoy!

cv quilter
June 3rd, 2016, 12:47 PM
Yum!! Will get some midori melon. Think I have the rest. Thanks.