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Homemade Slurpees | www.tasteandtellblog.com

One of my latest obsessions has been old family, church or community cookbooks. I have been finding myself drawn towards them, and picking them up whenever I can. These books are so different from the cookbooks I am normally drawn to. There are no pretty pictures, no fun stories or descriptions of the recipes, and no glimpse into the life of the author. But I think that the reason I love them so much is because I know that these are recipes that people have made in their homes. Sure, I trust cookbook authors as well – I mean, they do write recipes for a living. But there is something humble and appealing to recipes that I know are made by people just like me. I find myself imagining what these people were like and where the recipes came from. Did she make up this recipe? Or was it handed down from her mom? Was this the special recipe he would make for his kids on Saturday mornings? Even though I don’t know the actual stories, I love that they are real recipes.

I found myself flipping through the pages of the latest family cookbook that my mom’s side of the family has. (This is the 3rd, and I treasure each of them!!) I found myself marking one recipe after another to try. And then I saw this recipe. Slurpees. Made at home. For some reason, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. It was so easy, and all you need are 3 ingredients and a blender. 1 minute later, you have a Slurpee. No need to get in the car and drive down to your nearest 7 Eleven. (Not to mention that the only 7 Eleven that is relatively close to me closed awhile back.)

Another thing I really like about this recipe is that the combinations are endless. I went with a basic cherry Slurpee, with lemon-lime soda and cherry Kool-Aid. My cousin, who included this recipe in the cookbook, says his favorite combination is red cream soda with Tang powder. Or try pineapple soda with Tang, orange soda with tropical punch, or pretty much any Kool-Aid flavor with lemon-lime soda. This is the perfect treat to enjoy on a hot summer day!

Homemade Slurpees
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You don't have to go to the nearest convenience store to have a Slurpee - make them at home!
Serves: 2 servings
  • 2 cups ice
  • about 1 cup carbonated beverage
  • 1 tablespoon pre-sweetened Kool-Aid or Tang powder
  1. Put the ice in a blender. Add enough carbonated beverage to just make the ice float. Add in the pre-sweetened Kool-Aid. Blend until slushy. Serve at once.

Try out these other cool drinks:

DIY Coke Icee from Bake at 350
Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from Add a Pinch
Watermelon Agua Fresca from lol foodie

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24 Responses to Homemade Slurpees

  1. Bev Weidner says:


    Perfect for this insane heat wave the whole world is experiencing. Well, except the North pole, of course.


  2. Maria says:

    Great drink for summer!

  3. Dee W. says:

    We are definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Aggie says:

    Aaaah…my kids would love these. I’m loving your glass 🙂 Everything tastes even better in a mason jar I’m finding!

  5. my husband would love these 🙂 so would my sis!

  6. Katrina says:

    I need this in my life!

  7. Joanne says:

    The best part about these is that you actually know what’s going in them. Never can tell with a 7-11!

  8. Deprived my son on 7/11 slurpees throughout his childhood till he could drive there all by himself. Should have thought of making them myself. These look so vivid in color. Beautiful!

  9. Mrs. L says:

    Growing up I used to live next door to a 7-11. Slurpees were “it”. Had one a few months ago and they just tasted different. I’ll have to try these as I bet they are better than what 7-11 is serving now!

  10. I agree, I am always drawn to my family or neighborhood cookbooks over my popular chef cookbooks because I know those simple family cookbooks have all those tried and true family recipes that I know and trust!

  11. Thank you so much for the linky love…and you are right. I love those types of cookbooks as well!

  12. Megan says:


  13. Lynne says:

    What a neat drink and looks so easy! Thanks for sending it via Stumbleupon!

  14. Molly says:

    Any ideas on ingredients to make a pina colada version? Those are my favorite!

  15. Betty says:

    I haven’t had a slurpee for years, but as soon as I saw this post I wanted one! It looks so cool and refreshing. 🙂

  16. Linda says:

    I tried these and loved them!!!

  17. Barbara says:

    I made it a little different, with fresh watermelon and lime and powdered sugar instead of the juice mix and no carbonated stuff. Oh My goodness!!! its delicious!! EVERYONE SHOULD TRY IT!!

  18. robin says:

    Instead of going to 7-11 every Saturday I’ll make this in the summer for my friends.happy new year.:)

  19. rachel says:

    THANK YOU saved my life

  20. Kc jones says:

    What carbonated drink you use ?

    • Deborah says:

      You can use any flavor you’d like or that would go well with the type of Kool-Aid you use. I used a lemon-lime soda, like Sprite or 7-Up.

  21. Lindsey says:

    hi what is the English equivalent of kool-aid or tang powder please?

    • Deborah says:

      I’m not sure what an English alternate would be, or if you have something, sorry! It is just a pre-sweetened drink mix that comes as a powder.

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