I’m originally from Florida, and in Florida we DO watermelon. July being the sweet spot of the season. It’s what made the 4th of July feel like the 4th of July. Not a single backyard BBQ, summertime camp, potluck, or swim session went down without a giant melon split open on a table. If my adult self could go back in time, the only thing I’d change is having this giant watermelon slushy by my side at all times.
Obviously time travel isn’t a thing (or….ok…I like sifi…) so my adult self took watermelon by the horns and BOOM. Frozen chunks of melon whirled together with Cream of Coconut. A squeeze of lime. Sprig of mint or basil. Shot of rum or vodka or tequila- which are totally optional but super delicious. Totally customizable which makes this watermelon slushy all the people friendly! Whirl a batch, spike yours and keep the rest virgin, or don’t. This is a One and Done recipe which fits everyones summertime needs.
2 servings per container
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Total Fat 38.4g 60%
- Saturated Fat 31g 155%
- Sodium 5mg 1%
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Potassium 391mg 12%
- Total Carbohydrate 37.2g 13%
- Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%
- Sugars 19g
- Protein 6g 12%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
This was a gift. That turned out to be one of those appliance I didn't realize I'd use ALL THE TIME. *Disclaimer, I don't yet own a food processor* The motor portion is actually transferrable and sits on top of each container. It comes with blades and lids for storage too. From salsas to pestos to slushies to marinades, this trio has worked wonders in my kitchen. Have I mentioned it's going on 10 years strong at this point?! With no problems? There's something to be said for practicality meeting longevity if you ask me!
Ok, so any slushy, including my Coconut Watermelon Slushy does NOT need garnishing. Garnishing is extra. A bonus if you will. Something meant to heighten the senses both visually and through smell. Don’t have time, energy, or sheer will power to garnish? Don’t sweat it. Just chug straight from the blender if need be.
But should you be feeling extra-y I can definitely recommend a sprig of mint or basil. Colorwise, the contrast of red and green are classic. HELLO holiday scheme. And when has garden fresh anything ever been a bad thing? The natural oils from both these herbs really make this whole slushy POP without much added work.
Because I couldn’t stop myself I also threw in a cute cocktail stirrer. One I snagged from the dollar spot in Target a few summer seasons back, and topped with a few smaller watermelon chunks. Same concept as sangria. There’s something yummy to chew on at the end.
Make It Feel Like Summer
Whether it happens to be summertime, or your planning for summer time… go ahead and save this watermelon slushy to your list of MUST makes. It’s the perfect patio pairing alongside my grilled Hot Wing recipe. Perfect with a shot of tequila when served with my Spicy Mushroom Fajitas. And boy does it HIT the spot when you’re at the pool, on a deck, or sittin on a screen porch if you live in mosquito infested territory like me.
The Slushy: Brief History
You already know I can’t let you leave without a brief tidbit on how the slushy came to be! Picture this. It’s 1950 and a HOT Kansas City, Kansas kinda day. Your soda fountain machine breaks down but you got bills to pay. So the colas go into the freezer so customers can still get their fix. Except when you pop that sucker open, there’s a slush sitting on top which everyone falls in love with. So you make an entire machine to replicate that consistency and introduce Americans to the wonderful world of slushies, slurpees, and icees. Well, that’s exactly what Omar Knedlik did.
While his machines saw success through the 60s it wasn’t until 7 Eleven purchased licensing rights in the 70s that this phenomena exploded coast to coast. All because a soda fountain broke down and Omar seized the opportunity to get creative! For a deeper dive into who Omar was you can rabbit hole right here 🙂
Let Me Know!
What flavors you LOVE to pair with watermelon? Any favorite combos you’d like to share in the comments? For real, I’d love to hear from you! One of the reasons I share, is because it prompts others to share and sharing is caring right? We all have so much to learn from each other!
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