My love of Slurpees
I love Slurpees and Slushes. Always have and probably always will - there is just something about drinking really quickly through a straw and getting that "brain" freeze on. As a kid we always saved up our quarters to walk uptown and get a gigantic slush drink from the local variety store. Part of the fun was wondering what flavours they'd have that day.
Fast forward, 20+ years and I still enjoy going to the local 7/11 to get a Slurpee - in fact we did make a stop there just yesterday but I left feeling very disappointed by the flavours and the fact that so many of the flavours included "extra caffeine". The extra caffeine was positioned as a bonus or a feature. I don't know about you but that is the last thing I want to give my daughter as a treat. Instead of getting a Slurpee my daughter settled for a really good looking Reeces Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sandwich (the kind that you know is going to end up all over her face and hands) and I went home to make my own slush.
Last couple of weeks I've been playing around a lot with Watermelon. I always seem to find myself with 1/2 or 1/4 of a watermelon left over and due to the size of my fridge I don't really want to store it. This time around, I had about 3 cups of watermelon left and I blended it with Sprite Zero and ice to make a cool, sweet and low-cal watermelon slush. Ripe watermelon has a nice sweetness to it that doesn't require the addition of any added sugar or syrup. I seem to be using Sprite Zero a lot lately and it is mostly because that is the one soda that both my husband and I can agree on and it has no caffeine. I'm not a big fan of the aspartame factor but we do drink it in moderation. I'm thinking about pulling out my soda stream to see if I can make my own carbonated low-cal lemon/lime drink with no artificial flavours. If I'm successful, I'll share with you.
Luckily this watermelon slush recipe made enough for two big servings otherwise I'd have been fighting my husband for the straw. Good to the last drop.