If it’s not hot where you are now, it’s going to be! And you must be armed with a great summer beverage/smoothie/slush. The kids and I made these a couple of nights ago and then froze them so we could enjoy them again a 2nd day. And if I am being honest, I don’t really drink my slushes out of a mason jar. But I thought it looked pretty cool AND because we had leftovers that we needed to freeze, the jars were the perfect answer. I like this slush for 2 reasons. One being that one of my favorite fruits is a mango. And two, I love the refreshing taste this slush has!
MANGO FROZEN SLUSHES
- 1 mango, cored, peeled and chopped
- 6 ounces of frozen limeade concentrate (1/2 can)
- 1 cup sprite or 7-Up
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 3-5 cups ice
- lime slices, for serving
Combine chopped mango, limeade concentrate, Sprite, and orange juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice until the blender is full. Blend until smooth. Pour into small mason jars or cups and drink. If you are freezing your slush, pour in mason jars and put lid on securely.
When you’re ready to serve, remove the jars from the freezer. Let thaw about 10 minutes. Use a straw or fork to stir up the slush. Add a lime slice and serve.
So yesterday Emily posted the most delicious pumpkin bread, as her mind was drifting towards fall. The fragrant smells of Fall comfort foods filled our houses. Today, I’m posting my favorite summertime drink, because although Fall is upon us, here in NorCal we are having a break from the rain and we enjoyed a beautiful sunny day!!!! Funny the effect the weather has on my food cravings… last week amidst the rain it was Taco Soup, Cornbread, and Pumpkin Bread, but now that I have a reprieve from the clouds, I’m making my favorite tropical beverage! I fell in love with this virgin version of a Hawaiian favorite on one of my first trips to the islands. When I’m in Hawaii, I order it with every meal and usually have one to end the day before I go to bed. I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I do!
- 6 cups ice
- 16 ounces Liquid Pina Colada Mix (you can find this in the liquor section of your grocery store)
- 1/4 cup cream of coconut (also in the liquor section)
- 1, 12 ounce can guava nectar
In a blender, combine the ice, Pina Colada Mix & Cream of Coconut. Blend until all ice is no longer chunky, but smooth. In 4, 12 ounce glasses pour a 1/4 cup of the guava nectar. Add the frozen mixture on top of the guava nectar. Serve.
I once brought this Cucumber Punch to a party, and I kid you not, I was getting phone calls for the next month asking for the recipe. It is a little embarassing when you tell people it is merely 3 ingredients. “But how could something so delicious be so simple?!?” I KNOW! I was getting tired of that complicated sherbet, 3 day prep, slushy stuff. Who’s with me?? So I called my mom and asked her for her best party punch recipe she had. So really this is her recipe, but I use it all the time and do not mind taking credit for it!
- 6 oz. frozen limeade
- 1 Liter 7Up or Sprite
- 1 sliced cucumber
Combine limeade and 7Up in punch bowl over ice. Stir in sliced cucumber. (I always double and triple this recipes for parties.)
Tip: I like to mix the 3 ingredients and let the flavors blend before I add the ice. Give the cucumbers some time to mesh with the liquids. Then add ice right before you plan on serving it.
That’s it folks! Tell me how many phone calls you get!