Are you searching for a fun and easy way to cool off this summer? If so, you may only need to look as far as your kitchen! Just think back to when you were a child and how much better you felt after sipping on a slushie that you were lucky enough to score while at the convenience store.
Today, you can have that same chilled treat using stuff that you may already have around your home. As a bonus, these delightful slushies are healthier than ever and may encourage everyone in your home to drink a little more fruit juice. Just look at how to make a slushie with juice and learn how easy it can be done!
Juice Slushies Made Easy
Imagine enjoying your favorite flavor of juice, whether apple, grape or mixed fruits, in a slushie. These slushies are as healthy as the juice you enjoy drinking, only much colder than you could ever get from the pantry or the fridge. Let’s say that you love apple juice and want to turn it into a chilling drink that you can sip on by the pool this summer. You can do it using only a slushie machine or a blender.
What You Need:
- 1 1/2 Cups Apple Juice
- 1 TBSP Honey
- 3 Cups Ice (If Using a Blender)
Creating Your Frozen Juice Drink:
If using a blender, you will want to crack the ice first. Blend until it is the consistency of snow. Add the juice and honey. If too much of your ice melts, you can add a few more cubes. Serve it immediately.
The benefit of this recipe is that you can substitute any juice flavor you want. You can leave the honey in it or not. You can also add other things to the mixture. Other fruit juices, fresh mint sprigs, a little Kale or other greens, etc. We urge you to use your imagination.
When using a slushie machine, you will need to make sure that there are no real chunks in your juice since most work best with smooth syrups. However, this does not mean you cannot puree what you need to before adding it to the machine. This also depends on your specific slushie machine.
Slushies from Fruit Juice Concentrate
Some people prefer having juice concentrates since they are healthy and save space. We recommend for the healthiest juice slushie possible, you choose a concentrate that is 100% juice without any added sugars or other stuff. Once you have the right juice concentrate, anything will be possible, and you can feel confident that your family is getting their daily dose of fruit.
For instance, if you have orange juice concentrate you can make an Orange Slush that will make your entire family beg for more.
Ingredients for Orange Slush:
- 1 Can Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate (6 Ounce)
- 1 1/2 Cups Milk
- 1/2 Cups Sugar or a Little Honey for Sweetener
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Ice Cubes
How to Create Orange Slush:
If using a blender, you will combine all ingredients including ice, and turn on your blender. Blend until it is the consistency that you want.
When using a slushie machine, you can leave out the ice, soften the concentrate, and add everything to the mixing container. If using sugar, you may want to blend it with the milk to dissolve it slightly before putting it into your machine. The machine should slush the ingredients with ease since your concentrate is already chilled.
Fresh Fruit Juice Slushies
Now that you have seen how easy it is to make a slushie with virtually any kind of juice, we wanted to also show you that you can toss in a little fresh fruit if you want to. Ideally, you will use fruits that are naturally juicy, since the whole purpose is to create a liquid that can easily be slushed.
One example of this is a Watermelon and Mint Slushie that will cool you off on even the hottest summer days. It is also a tasty treat that screams summer fun!
All you need is:
- 2 Cups Cubed Watermelon Chunks
- 1-2 Cups of Ice
- 1 Sprig of Fresh Mint
How to Make it:
Add your watermelon to a blender and turn it on high. It should become a liquid pretty quick. You can toss in the mint and process it as well. You have the option of draining away the pulp or leaving it in, depending on your preference. From there, you can add ice to your blender or pour the juice into a slushie machine.
The slushie machine will ensure that your ice does not water down the flavor of your melon. When it reaches the consistency that you want, you can serve it in a glass of your choice and maybe add a little more mint leaves for garnish.
How to Handle Leftovers
If you mix up a little more juice slushie than you need right now, you can always pour it into ice cube trays and freeze it. Then, when you want to enjoy the same treat later, you can put the cubes into your blender, process, and enjoy.
As you can see, creating a slushie with fresh juice is super easy, no matter what type of juice you have on hand or how you want to mix it up. It isn’t even something that you really have to learn how to do. Each of these recipes can be made in a matter of minutes to cool you down quickly and provide you with a healthy beverage.
However, don’t take just our word for it! You can play around with your own fun fruit combinations or search for other fruit slushie recipes online. Which one will you be trying out first?