How to Make Homemade Slushies
Every summer, mommies around the world try to come up with something more fun and refreshing for their kids to drink and cool down. Some will make homemade ice cream while others will create fascinating smoothies. However, there is one kind of treat that kids really love – a slushie. You don’t need to go to 7-Eleven for a cup of Slurpee. You can make one of the best slushies by following some of our simple recipes.
5-Minute Slushie Magic
The traditional way of making slushie requires the use of a blender. This helps crush the ice and blend the different ingredients together. However, one does not have to worry about not having a blender in the house. You can still create a delicious slushie that your kids will love. This recipe calls for a large Ziploc bag. It is important to have a perfect seal to help create an ice slurry. You can also use different kinds of juice. You can go with instant juice packs or squeeze some of your favorite fruit. Soda works well, too. It is best not to use diet soda, however. It won’t taste that good. Here’s how to make a slushie without a blender and in just 5 minutes.
- 10 to 12 large ice cubes
- 1 cup of juice (you can also use regular soda)
- 1 tablespoon of table salt or Kosher salt
- Get a large Ziploc bag, about a quart size. Place the ice cubes in the bag.
- Get a small Ziploc bag, about the size of a sandwich bag. Pour the juice or soda into the bag. Make sure to let all the air out by pressing on the area without the juice of soda. Close the bag, making sure that you have a watertight seal. If you invert the Ziploc bag, you should not see any juice or soda dripping from the edge of the bag.
- Open the large Ziploc bag containing the ice cubes. Place the small Ziploc bag containing the juice or soda in the large Ziploc bag. Close the bag and seal.
- Get ready to shake. The ice cubes in the bag will help crystallize the juice or soda in the small bag. Shake the Ziploc bag for at least 3 minutes. Check the juice if it has already turned slushie-like. After 5 minutes of shaking and the slushie is nowhere near your ideal consistency, you may want to open the large bag and add a few more ice cubes or add salt or both.
- Once you have the desired ‘slushiness’ of the ‘drink’, open the large Ziploc bag and remove the slushie. Pour into a cup or glass and serve at once.
The beauty of this recipe is that it is so simple and very easy to make. You also do not need a blender to have your kids enjoy a refreshing slushie. It makes for a welcome treat for families who are at the beach, at the park, or anywhere else. As long as you have ice cubes and Ziploc bags, then you should be able to make a slushie for everyone.
Keep in mind that your hands or the hands of your kids may not have ample protection from the temperature of the ice cubes. To counter this, you can wrap the bag with a piece of cloth to help insulate your hands.
Mommies want to give their kids the most nutritious drink. It is not surprising why a fruit slushie is always a great choice among mothers and health-conscious people. Fruits are excellent sources of minerals and vitamins, some of which have amazing antioxidant properties. They are also rich in fiber, which can aid in healthy digestion and immune system. Unlike our 5-minute, no-blender slushie recipe, however, making a fruit-based slushie requires a blender. The reason is simple. You need to break down the fresh fruit so that it can blend with the ice crystals.
- 1 and ½ cups of fresh fruit, chopped
- 1 cup of crushed ice
- ¼ cup of club soda or sparkling water
- Your choice of spices, herbs, or other flavoring ingredients
- Start by washing the fruits thoroughly. Remove the pits, if any. You can also remove the peels or leave them on. Cut them up into small pieces to make 1 and ½ cups.
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender, including any natural flavoring that you are going to use.
- Turn on the blender at the highest possible speed setting. Check the consistency of the fruit slushie. If it is watery, add more chopped fresh fruit. Always consider the water content of the fruit that you are using and adjust the amount of ice that you will use.
- Pour the slushie into a cup or glass and drink right away.
When it comes to the addition of flavoring ingredients, one has to take note of the base fruit of the slushie. For example, if you are using tropical fruits like watermelon and mango, a nice addition will be mint. Basil goes well with berries while lemon can bring the sparkle in almost any type of fruit slushie. Honey is great for tart fruits. Some of the best all-around flavoring ingredients for slushies include lime, vanilla, and ginger.
Instant Soda Slushie
A soda slushie has got to be the easiest to make. There is no need for a blender or a Ziploc bag. There is also no need for ice. The only issue is that you will have to make your timing spot-on. For this to work, it is crucial that you keep track of the progress of the soda bottle in the freezer. You do not want the bottle to freeze and explode. Here is how you can make an instant soda slushie:
- A bottle of soda
- Leave your bottle of soda on the table for it to warm up to room temperature.
- Give the soda a vigorous shake. This will help increase the pressure in the soda bottle. It is what will keep it from freezing when you put it in the freezer.
- Put the soda bottle in the freezer. Make sure that your freezer is empty. If you place the soda over frozen items, there is a chance that it will not cool in an even manner. It can freeze on one side. Keep the soda in the freezer for about 2 to 3 hours. At the 3-hour mark, check the soda every 15 minutes. You should see the soda already starting to form ice crystals.
- Remove the soda bottle from the freezer. Get a cup or glass ready. Quickly open and then close the cap.
- Pour the slushie into the cup and enjoy.
It is critical to allow some of the carbon dioxide in the soda to escape by opening and then closing the cap. This will change the soda’s freezing point. When you pour the soda into the glass, it will already be the soda slushie that you have been yearning for.
You can also experiment with canned soda. However, there will be an issue with the release of the carbon dioxide. You will not be able to close the lid of a can in a manner that is as efficient as a bottle cap. Also, there is the issue of determining the near-frozen status of the soda can. We have yet to see a can of soda that is transparent. So, it is best to stick to soda bottles.
Kool Aid Slushie
One of the most convenient ingredients to use in making a slushie is Kool Aid. There is no need to cut up your fruits. When compared to our 5-minute easy, magic slushie recipe, this one requires a good blender. It is crucial to use a blender to help break down the ice and turn it into ice crystals for your Kool Aid slushie. One great thing about using Kool Aid is that it already comes in flavors that kids are very familiar with. There is no need to adjust the taste.
- 1 packet of Kool Aid
- 4 cups of ice
- 2 cups of cold water
- ½ cup of sugar
- Pour the cold water into a blender, followed by Kool Aid, sugar, and ice.
- Blend the ingredients until you see a slushie consistency.
- Pour the Kool Aid slushie in serving glasses and enjoy.
This Kool Aid slushie recipe is great for 4 servings. If you want more, then you can make the necessary adjustments in the amount of the ingredients. Adding a scoop of ice cream on the slushie should make it a lot creamier. Also, kids love ice cream. It would be very fascinating to watch their eyes glow as they take spoonfuls of the ice cream and then drink the slushie later on.
There are slushies that you can make without a blender. There are also slushies that require only a fair amount of waiting and frequent checking in the freezer. Regardless of which recipe you are going to follow, you can bet that these recipes can give you and your kids one of the best slushies in the world.