Slush Fund

With summer fast approaching, you are probably thinking of ways to keep cool. Many folks turn to frozen drinks in order to fight summer heat.

A slushy, sometimes known as slush, is a flavored frozen drink. It is usually made by freezing a non-carbonated juice or other liquid. The sugar in the liquid often keeps it from freezing completely. Because they do not require a pressure chamber to carbonate them, slushies are sold in eateries throughout the country. They are even more popular than other frozen beverages, all of which sell millions every year. Smoothies usually contain fruit or vegetables along with juice or simple syrup. Razzles and shakes usually feature ice cream or heavy cream, making them thicker and creamier. Smoothies, razzles and even slush can be pretty pricey if you indulge often enough. Making these frozen drinks at home is a lot less expensive. If you are thinking you will need a high-powered blender to crush ice, think again! Our new Zoku slush and shake maker will freeze any liquid combination to the perfect slushy consistency in just minutes. It requires nothing more than gentle stirring in the special container.

You simply freeze the inner core for eight or more hours. Pour in cold juice, puréed fruit or cream up to the fill line. Scrape the wall of the cup with the included spoon to remove ice from wall. Stir and watch it freeze. Pick one up today and try one of these delicious and refreshing summer thirst quenchers.

This frozen drink is full of texture as well as flavor!

Strawberry Shortcake Shake

1 ½ cups quality vanilla ice cream

1 cup fresh checked strawberries or frozen strawberries, thawed

¼ cup milk

2/3 cup cubed pound or sponge cake

For garnish:

Whipped cream

Sliced strawberries

Pound cake crumbs

Place ice cream, strawberries and milk into a blender and purée on medium speed. Pour into the frozen slush container; stir until thick. Stir in pound cake cubes. Pour into a tall glass and top shake with whipped cream, sliced strawberries and pound cake crumbs.

Make this as sweet or as tart as you prefer.

Orange Cranberry Slush

16 ounces fresh-squeezed or quality orange juice

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

2 tablespoons honey or more to taste

Place all ingredients into a blender and purée on medium speed. Pour into the frozen Slush Maker container; stir until thick, scraping thickened liquid off the walls of the container.

If you miss this classic cold-weather flavor, try it in a frosty summer drink.

Caramel Apple Slush

16 ounces good quality apple cider

6 tablespoons caramel sauce, dairy or pareve

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place all ingredients into a blender and combine on medium speed. Pour into the frozen slush maker container and stir until thick. Pour into a tall glass. If desired, garnish with apple slices or an additional drizzle of caramel.

This drink will be enjoyed by the adults in the family.

Place all ingredients except liqueur into a blender and purée on medium speed. Pour into the frozen slush maker container and stir until thick. Divide between two tall glasses and add 1 ounce liqueur to each just before serving.

Cherry Lime Slush

1 pound fresh sweet cherries, pitted, or canned sweet cherries, drained well

Zest of 1 small lime

1 cup (8 ounces) lemonade

6–8 fresh mint leaves

2 ounces vodka or fruit liqueur

This one will quickly become the hands-down favorite!

Chocolate Salted Caramel Shake

1 cup chocolate ice cream

6 ounces heavy cream

3 tablespoons caramel sauce

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

For garnishing:

Whipped cream

Chocolate-covered pretzels

Caramel sauce

Sea salt

Place all ingredients into a blender and purée on medium speed. Pour into the frozen slush maker container and stir until thick, scraping frozen particles off the walls. If desired, top shakes with whipped cream, chopped chocolate-covered pretzels, caramel sauce and a pinch of sea salt.

Keep cool!


 

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