Summer is a season known for blistering hot days spent sipping ice-cold drinks. Sometimes, though, a cold beer just isn’t cold enough to beat the heat. For days like this, bars and breweries across the country sell alcoholic slushies made with spirits, wine, and even beer. Naturally, more and more people are wondering how to make these frozen treats at home. Banko Beverage Co. offers some suggestions to try when you and your loved ones crave alcoholic slushies in the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Bright and Fruity Mango IPA
A traditional slushie is full of bright, fruity flavors, like citrus, berry, or sweet mango. Stick to this theme with a fruity mango slushie that’s sweet, smooth, and refreshing. This one is great with any India pale ale (IPA) that pops with citrus flavors, like the Fresh Haze IPA from Deschutes Brewery. To make a mango IPA slushie that’s perfect for the patio or poolside, follow these steps:
- Blend one peeled, cubed mango with one cup of ice until you get the smooth texture you’d expect with a slushie.
- Mix your ice-and-mango slush in a glass with your chosen IPA.
- Add a straw and enjoy!
Jamaican Me Happy Slushie
Want other fruity slushie options? Seagram’s Escapes has a recipe for a slushie using their popular Jamaican Me Happy malt drink. It’s deliciously tropical, refreshingly sweet, and will transport you straight to the beachside bar.
In a blender, combine half a cup of fruit juice or punch with a dash of lime juice, an ounce or two of vodka, and a bottle of Seagram’s Escapes Jamaican Me Happy. Add one cup of frozen strawberries and one cup of ice. Now, blend until it delivers that signature slushie texture. Garnish with skewers of watermelon, pineapple, strawberry, and lime and serve.
Ginger Cider Slushie
Cider is a drink known for its warm, cozy spices and aromatic flavor. It’s perfect for cool autumn weather or for warming up after a day spent in the snow. But hard cider can be a summer drink, too! This gingery apple cider slushie combines the warmth of spicy cider, but it’s still cool in the summer heat.
To make it, pour three cups of cider from Vermont Cider Co. into an ice cube tray and freeze. When it’s hardened, dump the cubes into a blender with a cup of zingy ginger beer, a cup of cold-brewed chai tea, a splash of lemon juice, and some more unfrozen cider. Blend them up, divide between a few glasses, and sip away.
Kentucky Bourbon Slushie
A bourbon slushie is a party staple in Kentucky’s bluegrass territory. It goes down smoothly but is pleasantly potent – both as a drink and as a frosty dessert. To make a classic bourbon slushie, mix equal parts of Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey, orange juice concentrate, pineapple juice concentrate, strong-brewed black tea, and some sugar to taste. Put the whole mixture in the freezer overnight. When you’re ready to enjoy, blend it up into slush, add ginger ale, and pour into your favorite glass.
Stock Up for Alcoholic Slushies
Any of these recipes for alcoholic slushies is perfect for keeping cool during the summer. Mix up a treat for yourself with some great options from Banko Beverage Co. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, we serve Greater Lehigh Valley with a variety of drink options and expert advice to please the taste buds of our community. Contact us today to find out more, or place an order using our retailer portal.