Saturday, August 14, 2010

Watermelon Slushies: A Frozen Cocktail & Simple Saturday Sipper for Adults

Trying to use up extra watermelon? Try freezing it and using the frozen chunks in these pretty in pink Watermelon Slushies from the Vegetarian Times: Farmers' Market Cookbook magazine edition. They are made with vodka, so they are a Simple Saturday Sipper for adults only, and are refreshing on a warm, humid afternoon or evening. It's also nice to have a cocktail that gets you a couple of servings of fruit in a glass. ;-) Plus watermelon is full of vitamins A & C, and antioxidants like lycopene which is thought to prevent inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis. So drink up! (Responsibly of course!)

Vegetarian Times says, "The next time you buy a big watermelon. cut half into chunks and freeze so you can whip up these cocktails on demand."

Watermelon Slushies
Vegetarian Times
(Serves 4)

1 small seedless watermelon, cubed (4 cups)
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Place watermelon cubes in a shallow baking dish. Freeze 4 hours, or until solid. Transfer frozen cubes to a resealable plastic bag if making ahead.

Blend frozen watermelon cubes, vodka, lime juice, and sugar in blender until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses, and serve immediately.

Per 1/2-cup serving: 143 calories, 1g protein, -1g total fat, (0g sat. fat), 20g carb, 0mg chol, 2mg sod, 1g fiber, 17g sugars.

Notes/Results: Refreshing, lightly sweet, a little tangy and pretty darn delicious. The watermelon and lime are a nice combination, and freezing the watermelon makes this "adult" slushy very thick while keeping the flavor. Since my watermelon was pretty sweet, and I am trying to limit my processed sugar, I used about 2 Tbsp of honey in place of the powdered sugar called for in the recipe. The key to using honey or agave in an iced drink like this is to blend it up along with the lime juice and vodka in the blender before adding the frozen watermelon chunks so it doesn't clump up. Works just fine, but of course the powdered sugar or a simple syrup would work well too.

With local watermelon, limes and honey, I thought it would be fun to try Island 808 Vodka, which is distilled from pineapple. Although it comes in different flavors like Mango, Lychee, Coconut, Pineapple and POG (passion-orange-guava), I bought the unflavored Pure Vodka which is triple distilled, and tastes crisp and smooth. I think it is actually bottled in California rather than Hawaii even though it says "Hawaii Product" on the label, but it was fun to try regardless. The garnish is a bit of chocolate mint from my container herb garden--so all-in-all, a pretty local drink and one I will make again.

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Happy Saturday!


  1. I like my vodka served with a side of antioxidants :P Seriously sounds delicious!

  2. There is no such thing as left over watermelon in our house!

  3. mmmm hmmmm. I've mentioned before that the only way I like my watermelon is mixed with this sounds deeelicious ;)

  4. Vodka in slushies nice cocktail. I have some tequila here may i need to try. Thanks Deb.

  5. Hawaiian vodka, who knew?
    Love the slushies, watermelon is the best for this humidity. And vodka goes with everything! ;-)

  6. with the humidity the past few days this really would hit the spot!

  7. We are headed to HOT Palm Springs in a few weeks... I think this will be just the concoction to sip by the pool!

  8. Sounds really refreshing for the hot, humid weather we've been having here.

  9. Vodka distilled from pineapple? Sounds tasty! I love the idea of freezing leftover watermelon to make a slushy. You took some gorgeous photos of these beauties. I have been craving cold fruity drinks like crazy lately and would love to have one of these.

  10. I would definitely have this drink on hand...all the time! lol

  11. MMM!! I love watermelon drinks!! A perfect way to use up some leftover melon!!


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