Cool Off This Summer with Icy, Watermelon Slushies!!

Summertime is here!

What could be better than settling into a comfy chair with one of my watermelon slushies!

Easy to make.   Healthy to drink..... even with a dash of spirits!  

Prep them now and tuck them into your freezer.  When you're ready, they're ready.

Ah, the lazy -  hazy days of summer!

Watermelon Slushies
Makes 2 1/2 pints (5 cups)

1 (3-4 pound) piece watermelon (any variety)

3/4 cup sugar (other sweeteners not recommended)

Juice of 1 fresh lime (about 2 tablespoons - bottled OK)

Gin, vodka, rum or Virginia dessert wine.

Remove rind and seeds from melon. Discard.

Puree the red/pink part in the food processor or blender.  You should have about 4 cups puree.  A little more or less is OK.

Put 1 cup puree into a microwave safe bowl.  Stir in sugar.  Microwave until sugar dissolves.  Cool.

Stir into remaining puree. Pour into ice cube trays. Freeze till firm - about 8 hours. Longer is OK.

When frozen, remove cubes from trays and pulse a few times in the food processor to make it slushy then let the slush whirl for a minute or so until it comes together into a nice, sherbet like consistency.

Make sure there are no large chunks of ice. It takes a little longer than you think but not so much longer that it melts.   Serve immediately or pack into a freezer container and freeze for later use.

At serving time, spoon into tall glasses. 

For the adults, drizzle with a shot of gin, vodka, rum or Virginia dessert wine.  

Skip the alcohol for the kiddies.

Garnish with a spring of mint or a paper umbrella. 


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