Homemade Ice Slushy Recipe


Nothing says summer quite like a refreshing ice slushy, or “slushie” as they can also be called. These frosty drinks are beloved by kids and adults alike — but did you know you can make them right at home? 

In fact, the history of the slushy is a story of accidental ingenuity. It all started in the 1950s when Omar Knedlik, owner of a Dairy Queen franchise, experienced a soda fountain malfunction. Lacking cold soda, he improvised by storing bottles in the freezer. As they froze, they developed a slushy consistency that customers loved. Knedlik refined his idea, creating the original ICEE machine and an enduring summer treat.

Ingredients For Ice Slushy

While dedicated slushy machines make the process quick, don’t worry if you don’t have one! Learn how to make slushie with ice and some items you already have at home:

  • Blender: A powerful blender is your key tool for achieving the perfect slushy texture.
  • Ice: Crushed ice works best, but you can also start with ice cubes.
  • Flavoring: Get creative! Here are some ideas:
  • Fruit juice or purees
  • Syrups (flavored drink syrups)
  • Kool-Aid or other powdered drink mixes
  • Sweeteners (optional): Add sugar, honey, or agave to taste.

How To Make An Ice Slushy

  1. Prep your ice: If you don’t have crushed ice, blend ice cubes until coarsely chopped.
  2. Combine ingredients: Add about 2 cups of ice and your chosen flavorings to your blender. Start with less liquid and add more until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Blend!: Give everything a good blend, pulsing at first and then running continuously until your slushy reaches a uniform icy texture.
  4. Taste and adjust: Is it sweet enough? Too thick? Add more sweetener or a splash of liquid as needed.
  5. Enjoy: Pour your delicious ice slushy into a glass, garnish with fresh fruit if desired, and cool off.

Additional Tips For A Slushy Recipe

Experiment with flavors. The possibilities are endless! Try mixing different fruits, adding a squeeze of citrus, or creating a creamy slushy with a splash of milk or coconut milk.

Get fancy with garnishes. A wedge of lime, a sprig of mint, or a swirl of whipped cream can take your slushies to the next level.

Get as sophisticated as you like. There’s no limit when you’re making grownup ice slushies! Alcohol, bitters, curacao or other mixers can each make for a complex, delicious adult treat.

Host A Slushy Party With Emergency Ice

Want to make a big batch of slushies for a party or crowd? Emergency Ice makes it easy by delivering quality crushed ice or ice cubes right to your door. 

Skip the hassle of making your own ice and focus on the fun! With Emergency Ice, you can host the ultimate slushy celebration.

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