Ain’t nothing like a cold Coca-Cola Slurpee from the neighborhood gas station on a hot summer day–except perhaps the increased awareness of the dangers of high fructose corn syrup that comes with being an adult. Take a moment to mourn the naïveté of childhood and move on, ’cause the following drinks are slushy and refreshing and totally natural. You can serve them to your kids with none of that HFC guilt, or you can spike them with alcohol and serve alongside flatbread and salad at that outdoor dinner party you’ve always meant to throw. All you need is a little ice and some 80-degree weather.
- 4 cups fresh watermelon
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (or fresh strawberries + a handful of ice)
- small handful fresh basil
Add all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Serve immediately in chilled glasses. Makes about two servings.
Limonada de Coco (coconut limeade)
I recently had the fantastic luck to travel to Cartagena, Colombia, and my friends and I found (and guzzled) these sweet-tart coconut limeades everywhere we went. They were possibly the most refreshing and delicious thing I’ve ever consumed. Oh, and did I mention that you can order them spiked with rum?
- 1 cup cream of coconut
- 2 1/2 cups ice
- 3 limes, juiced
- sugar to taste
Place all ingredients in a blender. I’d start out with 2 tablespoons of sugar and add more if the drink isn’t sweet enough. Blitz until smooth. Serve with a wedge of lime. Makes two servings.
Milky Tea Slushy
A strong, sweet, cooled cup of tea, some ice cubes, and a splash of milk makes a Frappuccino-esque tea slushy that’ll cool you down and rev you up at the same time. To get an extra-strong cup, use two teabags per cup of boiling water, and let it steep for a while. Use your favorite black tea.
- 1 cup extra-strong black tea (Earl Grey or chai are both delicious), cooled
- 2+ tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup milk (almond milk and coconut milk are also good here)
- 1 cup ice
Steep two of your favorite teabags in one cup of boiling water and allow to cool (pop it in the freezer if you’re in a rush). Stir in the sugar. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Add more sugar or milk if it’s not sweet/creamy enough. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.
photo attribute: Ramzi Hashisho