This berry slushy is made from 4 ingredients and comes together in about 5 minutes.
With a majority of the country suffering from a blistering heat wave, the thought of turning on the stove is honestly nauseating. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but when it is this hot I can barely stand the thought of eating anything warm so I decided to raid the freezer to see what I could make that did not involve cooking.
Luckily for me, I had stored a few pints of summer berries at their peak and I had some left-over simple syrup from the Summer Sangria so I was in business.
When I was younger, a slurpie was one of my favorite summer treats. However, knowing what I know now I realize that perhaps all that sugar isn’t the best thing for me so I’ve started making my own version of a “slurpie”. (I still get a frozen coke when I’m visiting home, it’s just a food memory that I can’t go without, but more on that another time)
When berries are at their peak in the summer months, it is a great thing to store in the freezer and take out in the winter when you are craving a little taste of sunshine. The easiest way to do this is to put them on a sheet pan in a single layer and freeze for 2 or 3 hours, then they can be transferred to a freezer safe container. It is important to only use pristine berries when doing this. If the berries are bruised or mushy, it really isn’t worth the effort in the end.
- 2 and 1/4 cups frozen berries (Use what you have... I had blueberries and raspberries)
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 1/2 cups seltzer (I used orange-flavored seltzer)
Make Simple Syrup
1. Combine sugar and water in a small pot over medium heat. Stir frequently until sugar is dissolved.
2. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
1. Put the ice, seltzer, syrup and 2 cups of berries in the blender and puree.
2. Pour into glasses and top each with a few frozen berries. (frozen berries help keep it cold)