Brain Freeze: Make Your Own Slushies at Home


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It’s HOT! Spending time outside is a great way to beat the heat on summer days, but adding a sweet, refreshing homemade slushy to the mix is a great way to take your cool factor to the max.

Use this simple recipe to create the base for your homemade slushy. Of course, you could use a blender, but this method creates the same consistency as most convenience store slushies.

What You Need:

  • Ice cubes, about 10–12 big pieces
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup juice or soda (not diet)

What to Do:

  1. Place ice cubes and salt in a quart-sized Ziploc bag.
  2. Place juice in a smaller sandwich-sized Ziploc bag, press out all the air and seal tightly.
  3. Place bag of juice in the bag of ice and seal.
  4. Shake for about 3–5 minutes or until juice is slushified. If it gets too cold, wrap a dishcloth around it and continue shaking.
  5. Pour slush into a cup and serve immediately.

Watermelon Peach Slushy

Photo: Brown Eye Baker

This thirst-quenching, fruity treat from Brown Eyed Baker captures the flavors of summer in one frosty glass.

What You Need:

  • Ice cubes, about 10–12 big pieces
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 3 cups ice
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar
  • ½ cup peach juice

What to Do:

  1. Follow our slushy recipe to make the base but remove the soda or juice.
  2. Place the watermelon, ice, sugar, and peach juice in a blender and puree until smooth.
  3. Add club soda if desired and shake.

Pineapple Coconut Slushy

Photo: Eat Good 4 Life

This refreshing tropical take on the slushy from Eat Good 4 Life gives you the hydrating benefits of coconut water.

What You Need:

  • Ice cubes, about 10–12 big pieces
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • Liquid stevia to taste

What to Do:

  1. Make our slushy base.
  2. Add coconut water, pineapple, and liquid stevia to blender.
  3. Blend everything and serve.

Sweet Tea and Bourbon Slushy

Photo: Stir & Scribble

We’d be remiss in not offering a couple of boozy options in our slushy lineup. Sweet tea with bourbon is a classic southern summer cocktail, and the slush version from Stir and Scribble  is even better.

What You Need:

  • Ice cubes, about 10–12 big pieces
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • Pre-made iced tea
  • ½ cup bourbon

What to Do:

  1. Make our slushy base.
  2. Add tea, bourbon, and sweetener if desired.
  3. Blend or shake and serve.

Cherry Beer Slushy

Photo: Perpetually Hungry

Hot summer days should be capped with a cold beer. This slushy beer cocktail from Perpetually Hungry elevates your summer beers into something truly magical.

What You Need:

  • 2 white or wheat beers
  • 2–3 tbsp. cherry juice
  • 2–3 tbsp. cherry liqueur
  • Lemonade
  • Limes
  • Cherries

What to Do:

  1. Pour beers into a shallow, freezer-safe dish.
  2. Add grenadine and cherry liqueur to taste.
  3. Place in the freezer and come back every 30 minutes, scraping the crystals that have formed with a fork, for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Using a spoon, take the slush and fill two glasses.
  5. Top with a little more cherry liqueur, if desired and lemonade to taste.
  6. Serve immediately with some lime slices and cherries.

 

Boozy or not, homemade slushies are an easy way to keep the kids entertained, cool off after a hot summer day, or give your guests a refreshing treat. Mix and match different fruits and flavors to create your own tasty combinations.