As we continue our Summer here in Vancouver, I am still on a mission to share more refreshing Summer drinks that I had been enjoying lately. This week Summer drink is a refreshing Honeydew Melon and Cucumber Slushie, it cannot get any refreshing than that. Last year, I made my Watermelon and Lychee Slushie and I got obsessed with it. It became my Summer favorite drink that I had been making until now. I thought it won’t hurt to have another variation and so this is that 2nd variation. I said first because I already knew that there’s going to be a 3rd to come.
Friday Drinks and Frozen Day ♥♥
With the weather getting warmer and warmer everyday, I think we could all agree that we need something that will cool us off and keep us feeling refresh. Since it is Summer, I am making a seasonal post just for the Summer season and this will happen on Fridays. I am calling it Friday Drinks and Frozen Day 🙂 The post will mostly be about Summer drinks and frozen treats to keep up cool and comfy during the Summer season. If it is not Summer where you are right now, do not worry because you can always go back and search for these recipes whenever Summer arrives in your area or you are just feeling to get chilled. Some of the drinks that I am sharing here can be made any day of the year, i say bring the ice cream out on Winter 🙂
What is a Slush or Slushie?
A slush or slushie is a flavored ice, normally artificially flavored and colored.
The Secret to Icy Slushie without the Ice
My version of slushie is a lot different in the sense that this is an all natural and no food coloring slushie. Not to mention, this recipe do not require any ice at all. So you asked how is it slushie without the ice? Slushie is a flavored ice after all. It seems to contradict the very definition of slushie, but still I am calling it my natural clean slushie. It has the texture of iced slushie, even better actually.
The secret to making a natural flavored slushie with icy smooth texture is by using a frozen fruit, and adding less water as possible. The frozen fruit will give the icy smooth texture to the slushie. It is also very important to add as little water as possible, the more water you add the more it will turn into a juice. Nothing wrong with that, if that is your intention. But if you want to achieve the same texture and consistency that is shown in this photo, follow these 2 simple tips. Add the water gradually if it is your first time making this. The amount of water you need also depends on the blender. A high power blender will require less liquid to mix the slushie, and a less powerful blender will likely need a bit more water to mix the ingredients. What I do is I stir the mixture quite often to help the ingredients mix. As soon as everything is smooth and no more chunks of fruits, I stopped the blender. The result is this beautiful refreshing, smooth and icy slushie.
Ingredients for Honeydew Melon & Cucumber Slushie
This Slushie (as I call it) was made using only 4 Ingredients.
- Honeydew Melon or Green Melon – Choose the ripe melon for a sweeter slushie. Cut the melon into small pieces then freeze overnight. Freezing is a MUST if you want to get the icy smooth texture
- Cucumber – Just like the Honeydew Melon, slice and freeze the Cucumber. You can opt to not add cucumber, instead just add it sliced like in the photo. Adding cucumber gives a nice fresh taste to the slushie
- Sugar Syrup – This is optional if the fruit if sweet enough. You can also use other liquid sweetener, but I find sugar syrup as neutral in taste. Do not use granulated sugar or any solid sweetener as they dissolve slower when mix in cold drink like this
- Water – You need water to help blend the mixture. If you need to add more, add gradually so you can monitor the texture. Too much water will not produce an icy texture
How to Make Honeydew Melon and Cucumber Slushie
It cannot get any easy than this. First, cut the Honeydew Melon and Cucumber into small pieces. Freeze overnight. Freezing is a MUST, so do not skip this. When you are ready to make the slushie, simply pour the water in the blender, add the frozen Honeydew Melon and Cucumber, plus sweetener (if using). Blend until smooth and icy.
2 Ways to Serve
Now this boils down to preference, and the timing on when I make it. When I make it on a really hot day, I make it into a Sluhie, very cold and icy. This requires using a frozen fruit and cucumber.
Now, on days when I want something refreshing and drinkable, I make it into a juice style. This doesn’t require using frozen fruit or cucumber. The consistency will be like a juice, then I just add ice cubes when drinking it. This drink is seriously easy to make, either way they’re both refreshing.
So which one do like better? Let me know in the comments below. For now, let me show you how I made it. Let’s get stared!
- 660g frozen Honeydew Melon – cut into cubes
- 2 tablespoon Sugar Syrup
- 30g frozen Cucumber
- 1 cup Water
- 1/4 cup granulate Sugar
- 3 tablespoon Water
Note: For a thinner consistency, add more water. If the blender is not high power blender, you may need to add more water to make the mixture move easily
Freeze: Cut the Honeydew Melon and Cucumber into small pieces. Arrange in a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze at least 4 hours then transfer in a ziplock bag. Freezing in the baking sheet will lessen the chance of the pieces clumping together.
Make the Sugar Syrup: In a small pan, add 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 3 tablespoon water. Bring to simmer for 10 minutes without stirring. You can swirl the pan but do not stir as stirring can cause the sugar to clump. Transfer in a glass and let cool before using.
Blend: In a blender, pour the water and syrup (if using). You can opt to skip the sweetener if the honeydew melon is sweet enough to your liking. Add the frozen honeydew melon and cucumber. Blend until smooth and icy. The less water you add, the more that you will get the icy texture.
Serve: Dip the top of the serving glass in water, just to wet the rim. Dip the top of the serving glass in granulated sugar. Pour the slushie, add sliced cucumber (optional).
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