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Grown Up Recipes for Your Favorite Childhood Foods (Slideshow)

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Some of your favorite foods from childhood have gotten a sophisticated makeover

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Is there anything you can’t put on top of a hot dog? Our grown-up favorites include pickled veggies with cilantro and chili pepper sauce, mango chutney, or sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. Click here for more creative hot dog recipes.

Hot Dogs

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Is there anything you can’t put on top of a hot dog? Our grown-up favorites include pickled veggies with cilantro and chili pepper sauce, mango chutney, or sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing. Click here for more creative hot dog recipes.

Pancakes

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Long gone are the days of the one-dimensional syrup-drenched pancake. Savory pancakes are in; think onion, ham and cheese, and pea and pesto. Click here for a savory pancake recipe.

Slushies

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Beer, sangria, and cocktails all make great adult slushies. The alcohol prevents the drink from freezing fully, so any alcoholic beverage can easily be turned into refreshing summertime slush. Click here for a wine slushie recipe.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

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Grilled Cheese

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Pizza

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You’re never too old for pizza, especially when it’s topped with roasted red grapes and candied pecans, or fresh basil pesto and grilled shrimp. Click here for more pizza recipes.

Milkshakes

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Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!


Grown Up Slushies

For the simple syrup:
Bring the water and sugar to a simmer for 2&ndash3 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool.

For the slushie (double or triple as needed, depending on the size of your blender):
Chill your glass(es) in the freezer before making.

Combine everything in the jar of a blender and puree on low at first and then on high until you have a very well-blended creamy blend of everything. Carefully pour into the prepared glass and garnish if desired. Serve immediately.

Slushies, slurpies, slurshies, ices &hellip whatever it is you want to call them, they&rsquore just really, really good.

These very grown up frozen cocktails that I have for you here are your favorite 7-11 childhood treat upgraded&mdashseriously upgraded. With their bright showy color and delicious flavors, I feel like these are almost a necessity for the next party that you have! Wouldn&rsquot a platter of these in all different colors be amazing to carry out to your friends? And really, they could be perfect for lots of occasions, from brunch to BBQs. While hot weather would be a bonus, it is by no means a requisite!

These are definitely made-to-order drinks. Much like a blended margarita or daiquiri, you don&rsquot want to let these sit too long, or they will melt and separate.

You just use whatever fruit you want, the best part being that you don&rsquot need fresh fruit&mdashit must be frozen, so all the pressure of keeping it seasonal is off. Unless, of course, you want to get fancy and don&rsquot mind picking at peak freshness and prepping and freezing. I, though, am buying my fruit frozen in plastic bags for peak convenience! So raspberries in December? Yes! Mangoes in August? Sure!

The other thing we have to address before we get started on making these is the equipment. A blender is a must, and a blender with a serious engine helps a lot. Because the less liquid you have to add to your slushy, the creamier the blend is. And that is what we are going for: an icy blend that is so fine that it is almost creamy. If you have a blender with a less serious engine, no problem! Just exercise patience. You will probably have to scrape down the sides a few times and shake things around a little to make sure everything is blended the way you want it.

Now, onto how you make this delectable frozen cocktail! It is an incredibly simple blend of frozen fruit, ice and vodka with a splash of simple syrup for sweetness and lime juice for zing! You should have some cold water available if the blend becomes too thick, so you can just add a splash to get things moving again.

I like to serve my slushies with a fresh fruit garnish, or just a cute straw and a paper parasol. It&rsquos all up to you. Enjoy the fun!

These are the flavors that I used here: mango, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. But you could certainly get really creative with flavors by combining fruits, or adding extra flavor dimensions, like red chili or jalapeno, or fresh herbs like mint, basil or tarragon. Your imagination is the limit!