Slushies are a great and fun way to keep cool on a hot day. You’re sure to enjoy both the freezing temperature and the sweetness of one of these amazing drinks. There are many ways to make a slushie, some using fewer materials than others.
When learning how to make a slushie, the best thing to do is to first decide what method you want to use to make it. Second, gather the materials needed so you have everything needed to make the drinks. Then you should be ready to get started so that you can enjoy a refreshing cold beverage with ease.
A Well Blended Slushie
One of the most used methods for making a slushie is to use a blender. You will need:
- A Blender
The first thing you will do is dissolve a cup of sugar into two cups of water. This can help you to avoid graininess in your slushie, as the sugar will have time to break up inside the water. After the sugar has completely dissolved, add flavor and color to the bowl as well. If you’re using flavored extract, use about one and a half teaspoons to start, so you can prevent over-flavoring. If you don’t want to use flavored extracts, some people use sodas. To do this, don’t use water, but soda instead. Since soda already has so much sugar, you can also skip adding all the extra sweetener as well. Kool-Aid powder also works great for a slushie as well.
Once you have your liquid mix, pour that over about two cups of ice. This is when you’ll need your blender. Making sure your blender is powerful enough to finely grind the ice, pour the mixture in and begin to blend. Once all the ice has been blended thoroughly, check the consistency. A slushie can be made thicker by using less water. It can be made thinner by adding a little more water to the mix.
Once you taste test your completed slushie, you may decide you want to add more of your ingredients. You can add extra flavoring, coloring, or sugar to make the slushie just right for you. It all depends on taste preferences for anyone planning to enjoy these slushies once they are complete. This recipe makes enough for either four small or two large slushies, so you should have plenty to share with those around you.
Using Your Freezer for Slushies
If you don’t have a blender, the easiest thing to do is to try to make a slushie in the freezer. For this recipe you’re going to need:
The first thing you need to do is add one cup of sugar to four cups of water. Make sure to stir until the sugar completely dissolves and is no longer able to be seen. If you don’t want to use water and sugar, you can also use different drinks, such as soda, juice, soda, or coffee. If you do decide to use flavor and color you will need to put one and a have teaspoon of flavored extract and some food coloring into your mixture. Taste test the liquid and add different ingredients to suit your tastes. With this method, you can make a creamier slushie by adding just a tablespoon of cream.
Pour the mixture from the bowl and into a shallow baking dish, being careful not to spill it. Cover with plastic wrap, or the lid to the dish you are using. Then place in the freezer.
Once in the freezer, you will have to make sure to stir the mixture every thirty minutes. This helps to make sure it freezes in a more slushie-like way, rather than in one solid block. This process should take about three hours until your slushie is ready to be eaten. If you want a slushie that is more watery, leave it in for less time. Leaving it in for extra time will make it more solid, but be careful not to freeze it too much, or you’ll end up with a tasty block of ice.
A Slushie Ice Cream Maker-Style
When you use an ice cream maker to make your slushie, you’re going to need:
First, completely dissolve one cup of sugar into four cups of water, using a bowl. Again, make sure no sugar grains are left floating in the water so that you can avoid the grainy texture of undissolved sugar. Next, add your flavoring and coloring. As per usual, rather than sugar and water, most juice and soda drinks can be used with ease. Have fun with your flavors and colors, come up with something interesting and fun!
The mixture, once you have tasted it and liked it, should then be poured into the ice cream maker. It should only be processed for about twenty minutes since you don’t want to make it as solid as you would want normal ice cream. After those first twenty minutes, check the consistency of the slushie to make sure it’s done before taking it out. If it needs to freeze a little more, simply process it for a little bit longer. Once done, your slushies will be ready to scoop out into some glasses. They will be delicious and ready for everyone to enjoy!
Slush in a Bag
Did you know that you can make a slushie using Ziplock bags, your favorite soda or juice flavors, ice, and salt? It is true. You can have a slushie that is fun to make for kids any time they want to cool off a little. It only takes about 10-minutes of time and the reward is oh so Yummy!
A Specifically Designed Slushie Machine
The best way overall is to have a slushie machine to make your chilling treats. These machines are available in a variety of different price ranges. You can make all amounts from personal enjoyment to massive crowds in a commercial setting. The choice is yours. There are BUNN Ultra-2, Original Slush Puppie machines, and more. All of which promises to make a hot day a lot less miserable for you and your family or friends.
No matter which method of making a slushie you choose to pursue, we feel that it will be a great way for you to add a little fun to your summer. As a bonus, even younger kids can get in on the fun by making slushies for themselves.