This easy berry slushy is made from only a few ingredients and comes together in no time. Blackberries, raspberries and blueberries are blended into a healthy, no sugar added, triple berry slush that will help you beat the summer heat.
I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.
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Why you should make this recipe
If you love icy cold slushies made with lots of berries, this frozen treat might be for you.
- Versatile – You can use any combination of berries that you like.
- No sugar added – The berries provide plenty of sweetness to this frozen drink, but you can add a bit of honey if your berries aren’t sweet enough.
- Kid-friendly – This frozen beverage is perfect for the whole family.
Berry slushies are an easy and delicious treat that everyone can enjoy. Use a variety of berries and a bit of soda or sparkling water to make an icy cold frozen treat to help you combat the heat of summer.
If you are a fan of “slurpees”, this is a much healthier option that you can make at home with only a few ingredients. The best part is that you can make it exactly how you like it.
This frozen berry slushie has only a few ingredients, and only takes a few minutes to blend together.
- Blueberries – Keep some in the freezer for a quick addition to the slush.
- Raspberries – Raspberries add a little tart and a little sweet.
- Blackberries – Plump, juicy blackberries give it great flavor.
- Soda, seltzer or sparkling water – I recommend either a lemon-lime or berry flavor.
How to make
Here’s a quick summary of how to make a berry slushy. Please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.
First, add liquid to the blender. This is important if you are using frozen fruit. The blender needs liquid to get the mixture going.
Then, add the fruit, and ice, if using, to the pitcher of the blender and puree until thick and slushy. Normally, the berries are sweet enough for me, but you’ll want to taste your slushie and determine if you need to add any sweetener.
How to make a slushie with frozen berries
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.
If using frozen berries to make the slush, pour liquid into blender, then add half of the berries. Let the blender puree the mixture, then add remaining berries and puree until thick and slushy.
Yes! Make the slushy recipe, then pour into ice cube trays and freeze. A quick blitz in the blender will bring it back to slush consistency.
Yes. You can either buy a bag of mixed berries, or you can freeze your own.
Variations and substitutions
- Make it an adult beverage by swapping out the soda/seltzer/sparkling water with vodka or wine.
- Consider adding a few mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous twist.
- Add in stone fruit like peaches and cherries to make different combinations.
Helpful tools and equipment
- High power blender – This blender isn’t inexpensive, but it blasts through ice and it will last you for ages.
- Jumbo smoothie straws – You’ll need a big straw to drink this thick slushy.
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- 1 1/2 cups sparkling water or soda (*see note) // I recommend either a lemon-lime flavor or a berry flavor water
- 2 cups mixed berries (*see note)
- 1 cup crushed ice, optional
- Honey or simple syrup, if desired (*see note)
- Fresh or frozen berries, as garnish
- In the pitcher of a blender, combine sparkling water/soda with 2 cups of mixed berries. *If berries are frozen, omit the 1 cup of ice. If using fresh berries, add crushed ice to blender after berries and liquid.
- Puree until thick and slushy. If mixture is too thick, you may have to stop the blender and stir the slush mixture around to get it going again.
- Taste, and add sweetener, if desired.
- Pour into two 10 - 12 ounce glasses and top each with a few frozen berries. (Frozen berries look cool and they help keep your drink cold.)
- Soda tends to be sweeter, so if you like it sweet, go with soda instead of sparkling water.
- I used blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Use whatever you have, or whichever berries you prefer.
- If you have leftover slushy, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze. You can blend it up to make another slush.
- Make it into an adult beverage by swapping out the sparking water for vodka, gin, red, white or rosé wine.
- To make simple syrup: combine equal parts water and granulated sugar in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Stir to combine, and let it come to a simmer. When sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- To easily freeze berries, place them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours, then transfer to an airtight container. You can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- If you are using frozen fruit, omit the ice. If you are using fresh fruit, you will need a cup of crushed ice. Crushed ice is easier on your blender than cubes, break it up if you need to, it's better than breaking your blender.
- Consider adding a few mint leaves.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 133gFiber: 11gSugar: 117gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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Originally published July 23, 2011.