A few weeks ago in my inaugural This and That post I mentioned these gin slushies by Joy the Baker. As soon as I laid eyes on those bright red beauties I knew I had to make them.
What held me back? Well I lacked other gin drinking adults to share with! My parents have come to visit and the opportunity to make a big batch cocktail arose, it was slushie time.
Joy uses fresh raspberries, frozen in her recipe. Poking around my fridge, I saw I had all ingredients minus the raspberries, and had really zero desire to leave my house again. But, there were frozen organic cherries in the freezer. Not remembering why I originally purchased them, they fit the bill. All was well! Cherries are red, and delicious and probably just fine with gin. So I went for it.
Using Joy’s recipe as my guide, I subbed cherries for raspberries, Fresca for seltzer, and simple syrup for sugar. If you like things a little less sweet you could probably forgo the simple syrup. But I was going for sugar rush slush.
Now I am ruined forever and only want to drink gin in those slushies. Icy and refreshing. Sweet, but not saccharine with a hint of herb from the gin. Heaven. You can omit the gin and up the Fresca to make these kid friendly!
Cherry Gin Slushies
Icy cold, sweet, and a little boozy, these slushies are the perfect treat for adults at a backyard bbq during the dog days of summer.
Inspired by: Joy the Baker
- 1 cup of ice
- 10 ounces frozen cherries
- 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup Fresca
- 1/2 cup gin (or more soda if making these non-alcoholic)
- 1/4 cup simple syrup (omit if making non-alcoholic version)(also, you could use less, I like them sweet)
Add ice, frozen cherries, lime juice, soda, gin and simple syrup to blender. Blend until it reaches a nice slushie consistency. Pour and serve. If you only pour one or two at a time, you can add more ice and re-blend what is left in the blender to freshen what it left in the blender before serving.