strawberry lemonade slushie

On a hot summer day, when I was a kid, I’d line up at the local variety store with throngs of others and wait for a Slush Puppy. The counter person would turn back the handle and out would pour a sticky, icy, day-glo concoction. It was happiness in a cup and I’d always get blue (what flavour was blue??) and it would stain my tongue and give me a brain freeze. It was perfect.

Summer has come to Vancouver with a vengance and all I’ve been wanting is a bit of cooling off. A slushie would hit the spot, so I looked into my freezer to see what kind of makings I had. A can of frozen lemonade leftover from a party? Check? Frozen strawberries? Ice? Check and check. The result? Holy brain freeze territory! It was sweet, it was icy and it was the easiest and tastiest way to beat the heat of summer. Want a more grown-up drink? Add in 6 oz of white rum and you’ve got yourself a pretty simple & tasty daqueri.

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23 comments to “strawberry lemonade slushie”

  1. 1
    Tea   June 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I'm with Tara. I want to be adopted into your family. Slushies for everyone!

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    becka   June 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I can't wait to try this!

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    Tree   June 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    oooooh, i wonder if we have any rum? i could use a good grown-up brain freeze.

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    Dana   June 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    My boys would flip over this. I grew up drinking Slurpees from 7-11 and I still love them.

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    CookiePie   June 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    oh yeah baby! that looks so cooooool and refreshing!

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    Bijoux   June 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Ahhh, Slush Puppies. The blue one was my fav too! This drink looks refreshing! I need to start remembering to put water in the ice cube trays…but first I need to buy some ice cube trays ;P

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    katrinka   June 4, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Blue was raspberry at our 'Jiffy Mart' – why, I have no idea! I always got grape and remember riding my bike home with my hands stuck to the handlebars…

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    eatme_delicious   June 4, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Ooo I need to a get a new blender so I can make refreshing drinks like this! Can't wait for the heat to go away…

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    Culinary Wannabe   June 5, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I loved slush puppies too! OH I can just remember those days. :) It's rainy and chilly here today, but I'll put this one aside for when things start to heat up – which will hopefully be soon!

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    amliag   June 5, 2009 at 9:26 am

    blue was (and still is!) raspberry.
    Shame I'm allergic to strawberries or I'd have tried this one out..maybe I can sub raspberries

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    Justine   June 5, 2009 at 11:36 am

    this looks yummy and refreshing! I also checked out your etsy site and it's great!

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    thecatskillkiwi   June 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    if it ever stops raining in nyc i might actually get a chance to make one of these!!

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    Shannalee   June 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    yes to @amliag – blue is raspberry (and I loved it, too!).

    This is really dangerous because it's so easy and looks SO good. There is nothing like something icy and sweet when it's hot outside. (Double points for the fact that immersion blenders make it so much easier than the stand-up kind.)

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    kickpleat   June 5, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Tea, you are a most welcome family member!

    Becka, it's refreshing.

    A grown up brain freeze would definitely hit the spot, Tree!

    Dana, this is more immediate than a 7-11 slurpee (that is if you have all the ingredients and the 7-11 is 7 blocks away).

    CookiePie, it is.

    Bijoux, get yourself some trays! Ice is soooo needed this summer.

    Katrinka, yes, I guess it was raspberry, but I don't think it tasted especially like raspberries!

    Eatme, I was happy to find that this worked beautifully with my Braun hand blender!

    Culinary, soon it will be hot where you are….just as I'm sure this heat wave won't last forever here.

    Amliag, you can definitely sub in raspberries! Peaches even :)

    Thanks Justine :)

    Catskillkiwi, yikes, rain isn't fun! Hope for sun!

    Shannalee, the immersion blender was so perfect and made for easy clean up.

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    Finsmom   June 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    This sounds soooo tasty! I really love lemonade, and I bet the strawberries give it a great twist!

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    kickpleat   June 8, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    finsmom, the strawberries take this slushie to nirvana. really.

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    Sarah Caron   June 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Oh my. I think this might be the reason for me to pick up some cans of frozen concentrate — YUM! (heck, some rum too!)

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    kickpleat   June 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Sarah, I actually remade a version of this with cranberry juice and frozen strawberries. I also threw in some Jack Daniels for good measure…and lots of ice. Yum!

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    Soon, Then   June 11, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    since I am currently addicted to Otter Pops, and eat about a dozen of them every night, this is right up my alley. Yum!

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    emilyflippinmaruna   June 15, 2009 at 10:09 am

    This looks like a fun treat for my upcoming solstice party. Thanks for the idea! I've linked to it in a summer tutorials post on my blog, The Handmade Experiment. http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2009/06/15/must-make-monday-its-summer-tutes/

    Thanks again and have a great summer!

    Emily

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    kickpleat   June 17, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Soon, Then I have no idea what otter pops are, but now I have to have one!

    emilyflippinmaruna have a great solstice party!! Hooray for summer!

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    Kathleen   July 3, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I liked the sound of this, soI made it, but mine was really sour. Maybe my lemon was too big/juicy?

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    kickpleat   July 5, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Kathleen, it could be. I added the lemon because I find the commercial lemonade really way too sweet (but I do like things on the sour-side!). Use less lemon next time or leave it out completely. Or just add in enough sweetener to get things the way you like it!

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