Mojito Slushies

This is liquid cool.  And I need to cool down badly.

 

 

For those who don’t know me very well this post requires a little back history.  I’ll try to keep it brief.

 

Last year, feeling cramped with five kids, two dogs, a fish and a cat we decided to move from the 1400 square foot home where we’d lived for about ten years.  We were lucky to find our dream home.  We purchased a large Amish home and farm with a bunch of acreage from, well, an Amish family.  They were moving- as the husband phrased it- to the edge of civilization.  There are some who might suggest that they were moving from the edge of civilization (our house) over past the edge of civilization (their new house), but I digress.   

 

Because our house was built by the Amish for the Amish it lacked some of the acoutrements of which I am terribly fond; electricity, plumbing, septic system, upstairs walls and double pane windows to name a few.  Considering the scale of the project and the fact that we’re doing the work ourselves it should not surprise you to learn that we’re not anywhere near done.  We did get electricity to the house and to most rooms, but we don’t have overhead lights anywhere outside of the kitchen and bathroom yet.  We also have a tub and shower, a couple bathroom sinks, two working toilets (we didn’t opt for keeping the two-seater outhouse), and a mostly functioning kitchen.  It takes a while to convert an Amish house to an English house.  (Most Amish refer to non-Amish neighbors as ‘English’.)  We view this as a long-haul project and we’re excited to get our dream home for the cost of a little extra elbow grease and patience.

 

One  of the more straight-forward projects we have is putting the batten up on the siding.  Our house has board and batten siding but they kind of forgot to do that pesky little batten part of it.  In other words, we have the vertical boards up with lots and lots of spaces between those gorgeous hemlock boards. What this translates to, with the assistance of single pane windows, is that the house leaks like a sieve when you heat it or cool it.  This will be mainly remedied when we put up our batten next week, but in the meantime any air conditioning attempts would be expensive folly. 

 

Here’s a little piece of important information about me.  I hate heat.  I mean that.  Anything over 70F and I get cranky.  This means that with no air conditioning and soaring temperatures I need to find a way to cool down in the evening.  I can either grab the kids and the lawn chairs and go set up in the freezer section of the local grocery store and ignore the looks from the surly stock-clerk or I can make Mojitos slushies.  

 

I’m opting for the Mojito slushies.  It’s like the best of a Mojito and a Slurpee (Icee for those who don’t live near 7-Elevens) combined.  It’s air conditioning in a glass.  With the nearly powdered ice, the mint, lime and rum it is a drink designed to cool you from the inside out.

I’m pretty sure Mojitos slushies aren’t Amish. 

 

Here’s how you make them.  You’ll want to make the syrup early in the day so that it has time to cool, but other than that little technicality this comes together really quickly.

 

The Turbinado Syrup:

2 cups demerara (Turbinado) sugar

1 cup water

Combine in a small, heavy bottomed saucepan.  Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until it is slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon.  You can test this by drawing your finger down the back of the spoon.  If it leaves a line that stays bare you’re done.

 

Pour into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid and chill until cold. 

 

 

The Mint and Limeade Kiddie Slushies:

1 cup fresh mint leaves, rinsed to clean

1 oz-3 oz Turbinado Syrup (This is adjustable depending on how sweet you like it.)

3 cups good limeade (We use Lakewood Organic Limeade.)

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

8 cups ice (You can use less if you don’t like it so thick.)

 

Combine the mint leaves, Turbinado syrup, and limeade in the blender.  Cover and blend on high until the mint leaves are obliterated and the mixture is a uniform color.  Open the blender and add the ice, taking care not to splash.  Cover again and blitz on high until there are no remaining ice chunks and you have a smooth minty slushy.  Pour into unbreakable cups (these are for kids after all.)  Pop in a straw and garnish with a strawberry.  Watch your kids relax and enjoy!

 

The Mojito (a.k.a. Mommy and Daddy) Slushies:

1 cup fresh mint leaves, rinsed clean

1 cup high quality golden rum

1 oz-3 oz Turbinado Syrup (This is adjustable depending on how sweet you like it.)

2 cups good limeade (We use Lakewood Organic Limeade.)

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

8 cups ice (You can use less if you don’t like it so thick.)

 

Combine the mint leaves, Turbinado syrup, rum and limeade in the blender.  Cover and blend on high until the mint leaves are obliterated and the mixture is a uniform color.  Open the blender and add the ice, taking care not to splash out the minty, rummy goodness.  Cover again and blend on high until there are no remaining ice chunks.  Pour into chilled glasses (with the rum in it maybe the grownups should have the unbreakable cups.)  Garnish with a thin piece of seedless watermelon and a sprig of mint.

 

You did save a sprig of mint, right?

 

 

Updated June 11, 2008-  These recipes were chosen as the winners of beverage portion of the “You’re The Chef Night” contest over on EvilChefMom.blogspot.com .

 

Here’s hoping they like them as much as we do!

 

 

Comments

  1. Rebecca says

    Yippee! Just call me Geppetto. Actually, wait. Please don’t call me Geppetto. Pinocchio always kind of creeped me out. He was so ungrateful!

    Yes, these are the drinks you’ll be making! We love them around here so I hope they go over well with your crew. My four year old came in all sweaty from playing outside yesterday, handed me my blender carafe and said, “Momma. You need to make us some mint slushies. Mine head is all watery.”

  2. says

    I lived in North Carolina for 8 years and there isn’t a single 7-11 in the state as they were all bought out by Circle K. So I was always trying to make my own slurpees, but none of them looked as good as these do. Thanks for this recipe! I am totally going to be making these this weekend when temps here in Cali are supposed to be above 90 ackkkkk!

  3. Rebecca says

    Sarah- Thank you. It’s my first TasteSpotting submission. I hope you give them a try!

    GirlCanBake- I’m with you on the green color. I think green predisposes you to feeling refreshed!

    Liz- No 7-Elevens? Tragedy! I suspect Slurpees are probably loaded with high fructose corn syrup by now but I still love them. I am steadfastly refusing to request ingredient lists for those. If you try them, please let me know whether you like them. I think I’m having some tonight!

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