This is one of my kids’ all-time-favorite recipes. They beg for it in the summer and in the winter they make it themselves by stirring the lemon juice and sugar into clean snow in a giant bowl. The blender is easy to wash out with a bit of soapy water, so it’s less work than if the blender got all goopy and clumpy. I’ve tried to make this recipe with artificial sweetener instead of sugar but it doesn’t blend as easily. It’s possible, you just have to stop it and scrape down the sides more often than when you use sugar or honey. I don’t know why that is. I just know that it’s true.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sugar or 1/3 cup honey
- 4 cups ice cubes, or enough to almost fill the blender
Get out your blender. Add the water and lemon juice. Pour in the honey or other sweetener. If you use honey then lightly oil the measuring cup before measuring the honey. This will make it all slip out more easily.
Add the ice cubes. Process the mixture at high speed for 2 full minutes. The ice should be completely chopped and the mixture will be a lovely golden color. Divide the mixture between four 12-ounce glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a tall straw, or just pour it into a plastic cup and hand it to a grateful child. Serve immediately.
Lemon-Mint Slushy: Brew mint tea in the normal way using 2-teabags and 1-cup of water. Allow it to steep long enough to make it strong. Use this in place of the water in the original recipe. Process as directed.
Lime Slushy: Replace the lemon juice with lime juice. This is especially good with mint.
Per 1-1/2 cup serving: 104 Calories; 0g Fat ; trace Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 9mg Sodium.
Exchanges: 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrates. 13% RDA of Vitamin C per serving.
Makes four 12-ounce servings.