Slushies. Slurpees. Icees. Whatever you call them, they starred in many of our childhood fantasies. I remember going to the mall or movies and being drawn to the large red, white and blue Icee machine, begging for just a small red one. I almost always got a no. Sometimes we would freeze Pineapple Orange Banana juice in cups until they were the perfect consistency. Others, we would put a soda in the freezer, checking on it every 30 minutes to prevent explosion. During college, I even once spent 2 hours with a friend 7-11 hopping until we found one with a working slurpee machine (it was 1AM during finals, okay? Procrastination is key). Needless to say, I like my frozen drinks.
Despite this, I haven't had a slushiesque drink (besides frozen margaritas, but they don't count, do they?) since that late night adventure almost five years ago. So when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to partake. Hell, a slushie made with real fruit and only 150 calories? Yes, please. While everyone enjoyed these immensely, we all thought a little triple sec and tequila would be ideal. Even without the alcohol my brother commented that they were sooooooo gooooood. That's about as good as it gets from him.
So, do you have a favorite flavor drink? I'm partial to red ones--specifically wild cherry.
4 cups diced watermelon
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup water, divided
3/4 cup lime juice
Adapted from here.
Place watermelon on baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours. In the meantime, dissolve sugar in 1/4 cup water. Then add in 1/4 cup cold water and lime juice. Mix and let cool. When it's time to make your slushies, place watermelon and liquid in blender. Use the Ice Crush feature so as to leave some texture to the slushie. Splitting into batches to preserve texture is advisable.