Slushies are delicious drinks that can bring both fun and coolness to hot summer days. Not only that, but they can be made very easily from the comfort of your own home. This makes them the perfect hot afternoon snack. There are many different ways to make them, but the best by far is to use a slushie machine. However, first, you have to learn how to use a slushie machine. It will make it so much easier for you to dive into summer chills.
Read Your Owner’s Manual!
Our best advice is to first ready your owner’s manual or look around for one online if it is not provided with your purchase. However, most all slushie machines will come with an instruction manual. Make sure to always read and understand this booklet before you get started, as it will help you understand how your specific machine functions.
Beyond the booklet, you may also be wondering if a slushie machine is what you really need for your coldest summer beverages. The truth is, blenders work by pulverizing cubed ice, leaving you with chunks in your drink, a slushie machine can create its own slush. Because of this, you can always be sure to get a perfect consistency. You can also throw just about any kind of flavoring into a custom slushie, including juice, soda, or even alcohol.
However, the problem with alcohol is that some slushie machines have trouble handling it. Again, we urge you to check your manual to see if it is okay to use with alcohol. Why? Well, alcohol doesn’t freeze, so your slushie machine won’t be able to turn it into slush. The best way to make a slushie cocktail is to create the slush out of other flavors first, and then add the alcohol after in a separate container. This will keep the alcohol from causing damage to the machine itself.
Getting Started with Your Slushie Machine
After you have done your research on the machine and know what ingredients you want to use, it’s time to fill the machine. A slushie machine will have markings to let you know both the minimum and maximum levels it can be filled to. Be careful not to over-or under-fill, because it can cause problems not only with your drink but with the machine itself. Be sure to again, understand and follow any directions in the booklet, because some machines may work differently than others.
This is where you create your perfect summer drink. Your slushie’s taste depends entirely on what you put inside of the machine, so making sure you use ingredients that fit well together, and you enjoy is crucial to a delicious slushie. To help with this, you can purchase slushie syrups in a large variety of flavors. If you aren’t sure which flavors, you will want the most, you can get variety packs. You also have the option to use soda, juices, and other “sweetened” beverage options.
Now it’s time to turn on the machine. Slushie machines are simple to start up, using only switches as a power toggle. There is usually the main power switch, then others on the canisters, depending on your machine. These can help to control the consistency of your drink, giving you either a classic slushie or a smoothie with ease. There is also a knob that can set the viscosity of your drink.
Turning it right will make a thicker drink, whereas turning the knob left will make it thinner, and more watery. After you ensure these knobs and switches are set correctly, you’re going to have to wait for at least an hour for the slush to be formed.
The time you may end up waiting depends on many different factors. These factors include temperature, sugar, and more. If you use an already cold beverage, such as a soda from the fridge, it’s going to take longer for your slushie to be completed. A great way to reduce your waiting time is to make sure the liquid in the canister does not go below half full, even if that means refilling it partway.
When you’re waiting for the slushie, make sure to check salt and ice levels. You’re going to want to make sure neither runs out, or you won’t be able to enjoy a refreshing beverage. Other than this, you’re just left to wait. When the slushie reaches the right consistency for you, it’s time to enjoy it!
Any hot summer day can be beaten with a cold refreshing slushie. Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they are also a great way to cool off. Not only that but making custom slushies to share is sure to bring those near you even closer to one another. You and your family are sure to enjoy many laughs and tasty treats when you take the time to learn how to use a slushie machine.