Weekend Vibes: Watermelon Slushies

Aloha friends!

The other day I had a trip down memory lane. I was thinking about the hot summer days when my friends and I used to grab slushies at the local corner store. Those were the days when we would walk to each other's houses to collect the crew and then head over to the store. I remember we would be in the store for a long time, debating on what flavour slushy to buy. We were always curious about what two flavours would be in stock and had to decide if we wanted just one flavour or a mixture. We also used to peruse through the teen magazines and spend forever deciding on which penny candies we wanted. It was quite the big decision to think about what kind of candy mix you wanted, especially when each piece only cost a penny! Reflecting on these memories makes me wonder how we even tolerated all that sugar, and I wonder how annoyed the store clerks must have been with us. I think there may have been a few times we were told to take a hike for lingering too long in the store. 

I can't remember the last time I indulged in a convenience store slushy, and I imagine the chances are slim that I will ever want to again. Having said that, I still find slushy drinks quite refreshing on a hot summer day, but now I just make my own! One of my favourite foods to eat in the summer is watermelon. There is nothing more refreshing than taking a bite out of a slice of watermelon on a hot summer day, unless of course, you make a watermelon slushie! That's exactly what I did this week:

Watermelon Slushies

Ingredients (Makes one slushy):

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tray of small ice cubes
  • A few mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Mix the watermelon, ice cubes and lemon juice in a blender. 
  2. Pour into glass, mix in mint leaves, and garnish with a lemon slice.

This is such a simple recipe because it takes barely anytime to make. You can make a single serving or add more of each ingredient and serve this drink at your next patio party. The possibilities are endless with the ingredients you can use: swap out the watermelon for other fruit (e.g., strawberries, mangoes), add in sparkling water, add honey if you want more sweetness, experiment with different herbs, use lime instead of lemon, etc. Whatever concoction you make, I guarantee it will be a step up from those sugary convenience store slushies. 

Enjoy!

xo Michelle

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