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Jul 27, 2006 04:50 PM

Looking for Summery Alcoholic Slush Recipes with Fruit

My aunts make alcoholic slushes for our winter holiday gatherings that include whiskey or vodka and citrus juices. They put a few scoops in a glass and cover with lemon-lime or sour soda (like graf's 50/50).

Does anyone have recipes for summery alcohol and fruit-based slushes... like raspberry, strawberry or watermelon? I'm going to a family gathering and would love to suprise my aunts with this.

I'd also be interested in a fruity non-alcoholic slush that the kids can enjoy.

And actually, since I don't have my aunts' recipes - even a more conventional slush recipe would give me a point of departure for developing my own conconction.


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  1. One of our favorites is the frozen margarita. You can use frozen mango, peaches or strawberries (instead of ice) in the blender with triple sec/tequila/margarita mix. They are most delicious (especially the mango!)

    I've never had a frozen watermelon drink, but I can tell you that watermelon juice, when mixed with vodka, makes for a very refreshing summery drink. Maybe you could try making some watermelon granita (or sorbet), or freezing watermelon juice in an ice cube tray then using that as a basis for your drink.

    1. I'm in the mood to do something with rum, peaches and pomegranate molasses.

      1. I saved this recipe, it looked delicious. It's a recipe from Alice Waters' daughter (no idea where I got it).

        Watermelon-Lime Frozen Agua Fresca
        ACTIVE TIME: 30 MIN
        TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
        SERVES: 6
        Fanny has always had an infatuation with frozen fruit. (The pastry cooks at Chez Panisse used to freeze raspberries for her; she stuck one on each finger and then ate them.) So it's only natural that she makes an icy drink with one of her favorite fruits, watermelon. This agua fresca has the consistency of a frozen margarita.

        1/2 large seedless watermelon, rind removed, flesh cut into 1-inch dice (10 1/2 cups)
        1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (5 limes)
        1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
        1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark rum, preferably Jamaican

        Put 9 cups of the watermelon cubes on a rimmed baking sheet, wrap with plastic and freeze until solid, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, freeze 6 highball glasses. Chill the remaining 1 1/2 cups of watermelon.
        In a blender, combine half of the chilled watermelon with half of the frozen watermelon and half of the lime juice, sugar and rum. Blend until smooth. Pour into 3 of the frozen glasses. Repeat with the remaining chilled and frozen watermelon, lime juice, sugar and rum. Serve the agua fresca at once.
        MAKE AHEAD The recipe can be prepared through Step 1 up to 2 days in advance.

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        1. re: Jeda

          That sounds pretty good!

          maviris... you could always use a lemonade recipe and add more ice than water to make it slushy. I love lemonade and vodka together, and my bf's mom often does lemonade slushies (without the vodka) for us. I bet that pink lemonade recipe I posted the other day would be awesome as a slushy!

        2. 1. Cut a small hole out of a whole seedless watermelon - do not discard it.

          2. Fill the melon with watermelon-flavored vodka mixed with simple syrup (I guess a half cup or so). Keep filling until the watermelon won't accept any more. Replace the cut out peice of rind, put some duct tape over it, and put it in the fridge for 2-3 days, giving it a roll every now and then.

          3. Cut open the watermelon, scoop out all the fruit - you can blend it if you want, but I find the fruit is pretty mushy by now, and I can just use a standard potato masher to much it up some more.

          4. Toss it in the freezer for as long as you want - it'll be nice and slushy - just scoop it into a glass and enjoy.

          **this is even better if you use Cachaca instead of vodka - you'll have to up the amount of simple syrup though...infuse the syrup with some fresh mint and/or lime zest to jazz it up even more**

          1. I like vodka, watermellon puree, and mint (not really necessary to dilute it with stuff like soda from my perspective).