Watermelon Slushy

You don’t have to drink high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes to relive your childhood memories of slurping slushies from the 7-Eleven. You can make your own slushies at home. And the best part is you can add vodka or wine to relive your memory with extra style. Try one of these red, white or blue adult slushy recipes for your Fourth of July barbecue…or, right now!

Note: If you’re in a rush, you can shorten the freezing time by using already frozen berries instead of fresh. And to make these recipes sans alcohol, just blend your frozen cubes with extra juice, lemonade or limeade instead of vodka or wine.

All slushy recipes yield 2 quarts, about 8 servings.

1. Watermelon Slushies

Ingredients

1 cup diced watermelon, seeds removed
1 1/2 quarts cranberry juice
2 cups vodka, chilled

Method

Puree watermelon and cranberry juice in your food processor or blender. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid (about 4 hours). When ready, blend ice cubes with vodka. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.

2. Raspberry Lime Slushies

Ingredients

1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 quarts limeade
2 cups vodka, chilled

Method

Puree raspberries and limeade in your food processor or blender. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid (about 4 hours). When ready, blend ice cubes with vodka. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.

3. Strawberry Lime Slushies

Ingredients

2 cups strawberries, hulled
2 cups limeade
750 ml Riesling or other sweet white wine, chilled

Method

Puree strawberries and limeade in your food processor or blender. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid (about 4 hours). When ready, blend ice cubes with wine. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.

4. Pineapple Coconut Slushies

Ingredients

2 cups diced pineapple
2 cups coconut milk
750 ml Riesling or other sweet white wine, chilled

Method

Puree pineapple and coconut milk in your food processor or blender. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid (about 4 hours). When ready, blend ice cubes with wine. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.

5. Blueberry Lemon Slushies

Ingredients

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 quarts lemonade
2 cups vodka, chilled

Method

Puree blueberries and lemonade in your food processor or blender. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid (about 4 hours). When ready, blend ice cubes with vodka. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.

Looking for more fancy drink ideas? Try one of these five healthy, homemade refreshing drinks. And while you’re freezing slushies, try a few of our homemade sorbet recipes, too!

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