Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to Make a Super Simple Slushie Drink and Get Your Brain Freeze On! via Cleo Coyle

Behold the super-easy, super-chilled
slushie drink made without adding
ice or plugging in a blender.

Summer in the city has its charms, but if you’re talking New York in late July, humidity is not one of them! 

Down here at sea level, the high humidity can drive the "real feel" temperature up as much as ten degrees. Not a problem for an 80 degree (F.) day, but holy meltdown, Batman, when the mercury takes a ride to 90, stovetop cooking is not a high priority at Chez Coyle. Because our little townhouse kitchen is not air conditioned, Marc and I tend to do sandwiches, chilled salads, or outdoor grilling.

Summer is also a time when we get creative with drinks. In the past, I've blogged a few favorites, including my Virgin Mojito and Virgin Sangria...

To read my past post "Tale of the Virgin Mojito," click here.

Or visit my Virgin Sangria post by clicking here.

Today I’m sharing a fun, easy method of making a Virgin Slushie Drink with a simple plastic bottle of your favorite soda and a machine everyone has—a freezer...

This method is best explained in the fun, little video below. 

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I now use this method on
hot days to get my brain freeze on!

Here are a few tips and
the method written in steps...

The Super Simple
Slushie Drink


3 Plastic Bottles (500 ml/16.9 fluid oz) of Regular Soda (or Diet Soda)

Your Freezer


Step 1: Take your 3 room-temperature plastic bottles of your favorite soda and shake them up violently. You want to create as many air bubbles as you can throughout the liquid. 

Step 2: Immediately place these three bottles on their sides in your freezer. Close the door and watch the clock.

Step 3: You are going to give your bottles enough time for the liquid inside to become super-cooled but not so much that the liquid freezes solid. Because different freezers have different temperatures, the three bottles will serve as your timing experiment. Once you know which time works best for your freezer, make a note of it, and you can create a slushie anytime, using the results from this test. (Just be sure to use the same size bottle next time. A larger or smaller bottle will need a new timing test...)

Carbonated soda with sugar or corn syrup: 

Test bottle one at 3 hours and 15 minutes
Test bottle two at 3 hours and 30 minutes
Test bottle three at 4 hours

Carbonated diet soda: 

Test bottle one at 3 hours
Test bottle two at 3 hours 15 minutes
Test bottle three at 3 hours 30 minutes

Step 4: To test, remove the bottle from the freezer, unscrew the cap and allow the pressure to release. Then screw the cap back on and turn the bottle upside down and right side up again. The crystals will either form in the bottle or you will see them after you pour the soda into a chilled glass--watch for them to float to the top, and...

Drink with (icy) joy!

Poot (aka Mr. Many-Toes)

~ Cleo Coyle

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  1. The slushy sounds so easy to make. :)

    1. Easy and summer are a match made in heaven, I think, as long as they serve very cold drinks! Thanks for dropping in today, Jen. May you have a delicious week...

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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  2. If I drank soda, this would be at the top of my to do list.
    Hm, I wonder how it would work with Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer?

    1. Libby - No worries on not drinking soda. The author of this method says it works on "Sports Drinks," as well. He also does a fun video on bottled water, too. You can see it at the link below...

      Click here to see the bottled water ice sculpture trick!

      Freeze with joy, folks, we've got 90+ temps every day this week in NYC. Wherever you are stay safe and stay cool!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  3. What a cool idea...no pun intended. This would be a fun way to keep the kids entertained on a hot day, testing slushies.

  4. Very cool indeed! Just the ticket for me with a fridge full of diet cola and heat advisory outside. Thank you, my friend.


  5. I think I saw this somewhere, but it didnt have the words on it. I do not keep sound on my computer so thanks for this video and especially thanks for writing the info down!! Now I can happily try this.