Recently while visiting Pinterest, (where else?) I got my inspiration for this Zippy Blue Summer Slushie. My kids were tickled, and thought Mom was wonderful for making them a slushie. My oldest pronounced them “great”, and told me he wanted me to make them again the next day. My version uses different, but similar ingredients to the Copycat 7-11 Cherry Slurpee that sparked my imagination. That recipe came from Saving Dollars & Sense.com.
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But instead of Kool-Aid, I used powdered Gatorade. And in place of the club soda, I substituted Sprite. In fact my version actually uses less ingredients, only three. It’s really easy to make and you can make a cold summer drink at home that will make your kids happy too. For a treat of course.
I have to admit I’m not the best at drinking plain water. I tend to like flavored drinks with sugar in them. In the past I’ve bought the powdered Kool-Aid type mixes to make drinks or I make Easy Home-brewed Iced Tea. This summer I’ve been leaning toward having Gatorade on hand rather than Kool-Aid. Kool-Aid just seems so sugary, though I honestly can’t say that I know how it compares to Gatorade. But instead of buying bottles of Gatorade, I decided to find powdered Gatorade mix. I had to ask a Target employee, but they pointed me to a big can of powdered Glacier Freeze flavor. It makes the equivalent of 6 gallons of Gatorade when reconstituted with water.
I don’t know what I paid for it at Target, and Amazon prices can vary. But it is cheaper in my opinion to buy the powdered mix and reconstitute it rather than bottles of the ready-made Gatorade. Plus a lot less storage required for this can vs. all those Gatorade bottles. So if you are budget-minded, it would be more economical to purchased the powdered kind. And guess what! I discovered Amazon offers a big *3-variety can pack of Gatorade mix! It appeared to be a newer item. So you can try other flavors besides my Zippy Blue Summer slushie.
So let’s get started making that slushie! Here’s what you will need:
- 4 1/2 cups crushed ice
- 16.9 ounce bottle of Sprite
- Gatorade Frost Glacier Freeze Powder 1 1/3 scoops of the scoop included with the container
Dump the 1/2 the crushed ice into the blender, and half the Sprite. Turn blender on to crush ice further. Add the additional ice and Sprite, and continue to crush. Lastly add the Gatorade powder. That’s it! Now you have a slushie for the kids without going anywhere to buy it. Yields about 48 ounces. Drink and enjoy!
Also here’s some items that might add to the fun for making slushies at home this summer. They too are affiliate links.