Florida Water- Keeping cool during the heat is easy!

Aromatic Ammonia SpiritsAmmonia spirits, water, ice, washcloths, are all it takes to make the summer heat tolerable while playing sports. Here’s a recipe I found online some time ago and managed to save.

Keeping cool is just part of the problem so make sure you bring plenty of water to drink too. Keep the two coolers separate though 😉

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Ingredients for ammonia water and use:

2oz. bottle of "Spirits of Ammonia" (local drugstore)
Actually it's Aromatic Ammonia Spirit U.S.P.
This time of the year, it's scarce.
3 bottles make 4 gallons
1 gal. plastic bucket (some use a playmate type cooler).
About 4-7 washcloths.

Florida Water in California CoolerFill bucket 1/2 full of ice, pour 3/4 bottle of "spirits of ammonia" into bucket for each gallon, fill the rest of bucket with water and mix. Place washcloths into bucket and stir around a couple of times. When player comes off field and into dugout area, pick up washcloth, wring out excess and wipe down arms, face (DON'T suck on washcloth), neck (front and back), shoulders, chest, etc. It really is effective while held on back of neck, especially "catchers" and "pitchers". And please don't inhale to a great degree, only mildly. Do this between innings. Next day, team will be begging for it.


A reader left a comment saying it might be worth searching a drug store for Murray & Lanman Florida Water Cologne New York for the same type of relief. If I can find the recipe I will add it to this article.

3 thoughts on “Florida Water- Keeping cool during the heat is easy!

  1. Thanks for posting this! I live in New Orleans and had never heard of it till recently. Question: is it ok to wear it around your neck in one of those cooling towels?

  2. It likely wouldn’t have the same effect. I would caution to say the real usefulness comes from wiping it across your skin, not holding it on the skin.

  3. Deb,
    I’m in La. also, around 80+ miles from you in the Capital City, Baton Rouge. This heat is scorching!! We have used this cooling agent for years, they sell it here as “Murray & Lanman Florida Water Cologne New York” it comes in a 7 1/2 oz plastic bottle, it’s light green in color. Walmart and all Drugstores carry it. I’ve used it with my cooling towel and it works great but only if you dialute it a great deal. Do not use nearly the amount listed in the recipe above. It is very powerful & a little goes a long way!! 🙂

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