When the heat hits, it’s time to pull out the cold drinks and cool down. And this summer-time slushie does the trick. My mom’s greatest hit whenever visiting my grandparents’ cottage, on Mattagami Lake, Ont., was her margarine tub full of frozen screwdriver. What’s not to love about an ice-cold party in a glass?
Here’s a modern update, using whole fruit, instead of sugar, and cider or white wine, depending on what you’ve got hanging around: it’s tangy, fruity, and celebration-ready.
Tastes-Like-Summer Slushie Recipe
Makes 4–6 servings
2 cups strawberries, tops removed
1 tbsp lime juice
2 cans (500 ml each) of medium-sweet hard cider or 1 bottle (750 ml) of white wine (see Tip 1, below)
2 cups peach slices
White sugar for the rim (optional)
Lime for garnish
1. Blend strawberries, lime juice, and one can of cider until smooth. Pour into a freezer-safe container. Repeat using the peaches and the other can of cider.
2. Freeze for 3–4 hours. For the best slushie consistency, stir every 30 minutes (see Tip 2, below).
3. To serve, rim each glass with a wedge of lime and sugar (if using), and pour in the mixes in layers. Garnish with lime wedges.
TIP 1: If you’re using white wine instead of hard cider, pick a sweeter, fruitier one like a Riesling or a Chenin Blanc, and add half the bottle to each mixture.
TIP 2: If you like, you can prep the slushie the night before—the key is to stir every 30 minutes or so while the slush is freezing so that the mixture doesn’t separate. After that you can leave it overnight. Or, freeze the fruit the night before, and then simply blend the frozen fruit and alcohol together once guests arrive.
If you’re looking for more refreshing summer drinks with no prep involved, try these.