Monday, September 6, 2010

Watermelon-Limeade Slushies


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.









Watermelon-Limeade Slushies
Serves 4

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.

22 comments:

Victoria K. said...

Mmmmm. Can I just say that I've only had a slushie once in my life, and I can't even really remember it, haha. This looks delicious, especially with the addition of some alcohol :)

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I was waiting for this post after seeing you mentioning it on twitter. Oh I did not grow up in the us so I can't say they are part of my childhood (at least mine were not called any of those weird names :)) but they look so summer! Way to go for Labor Day!

Rick said...

This makes me miss summer.

Petes said...

Yum! Great way to end the weekend!

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

I had a slurpee (good ole 7-11 one, too)a few weeks ago for the first time in years! It was delicious (it was also root beer flavored - um, yum!!) This watermelon version looks great! I'll have to keep it in mind for next summer since the weather has already turned here.

Eileen said...

They look so refreshing. I love watermelon!

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

That drink looks like a magazine cover! I don't know if I want to drink it or wear it - beautiful:) I've also been know to indulge in a 7-11 Slurpee in the not so distant past. One of my favorite Summer drinks is a "Hop, Skip and Go Naked" which is a blend of Pink Lemonade, Vodka and Beer that you blend with ice and it comes out the most beautiful, frothy pink color. It is surprisingly delicious despite the ingredients. Hope you have a fabulous weekend - Cheers!

Monet said...

I loved going to Sonic during "happy hour" in high school. We would always order Cherry Limeades which were oh-so-good! Now that I've "matured" I'm sure that this concoction would evoke similar feelings of happiness. Thank you for sharing!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

Friday is officially Icee day in my office. God, how I look forward to Fridays :) These look awesome- I'll have to try them soon!

The Cilantropist said...

These look frosty! :) love the pics!

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks so appealing!
Beautiful picture.

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

It gorgeous! And PS~ I think margaritas DO count! (wink, wink!)

ravienomnoms said...

WOW, what a great drink! Colors are fantastic! I am sure it is super refreshing!

jen cheung said...

this cup of slush is still very summery!! oh my - i miss summer already!!

have a good day!
jen @ www.passion4food.ca

Foodiva said...

I love red-colored drinks too. My favorite's red dragon fruit, it's so visually arresting! Just add lime and flavored sugar syrup. Yummmms!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

I made many a trips to 7-11 for those as a kids, thanks for the sweet reminder! I like your healthier version!
-Gina-

Savory Sweet Living said...

This looks so refreshing! Love watermelon drinks. I made a similar drink with the addition of vodka.

A Little Yumminess said...

oh boy!!! I am thirsty. Reminds me of summer which will be soon gone.....

Evan @swEEts said...

I'm with you on the love of frozen drinks.. I'm lucky enough to be near a Sonic and 7-11s galore so slushy drinks are never hard to come by.. oh and Texans love sno-cones.. who knew? But I still think I want to give these a go all on my own! Yum.

michelle @ The Domestic Mama and The Village Cook said...

Mmm, frozen drinks are sooo good. Especially red ones. With watermelon. Sllluuurrrp! Great photos (as always!)

Stella said...

Yum, I love simply, healthy homemade drinks like this. I might try this before there are no more organic melons at the store!

Spicie Foodie said...

Oh slushies bring back great childhood memories. I am a big girl now but I agree I love them too, and the low calories can't beet that. Great watermelon slushie even though it's cold here I still could go for one, thanks for sharing:)

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