Sips // Colorado Summer Slush

Husband grilled on Sunday night, and we had our first dinner of the summer out on the porch.  This was an event that required celebration – and in turn inspired my hunt for a perfect celebratory summer sip.  Flipping around my cookbooks for inspiration, I found this recipe I’d copied down for California Sunshine Slush (from Cooking Light, Light Cooking for Two circa 1995 that I snagged from my parents’ shelves).  I had some pear juice that sorely needed a good home, but I definitely didn’t have the patience to sit around waiting for this thing to freeze so I made some adaptations based on what I had in my pantry/freezer, and the Colorado Summer Slush was born.

And it was good.

Here’s what you’ll need (makes 4 drinks):

Blend the first four (or five if you’re making an adults-only version) ingredients.

If you’re patient (unlike me), put the mixture in the freezer for a while to make it really slushy.  Using the frozen concentrate and frozen strawberries makes this step a little less necessary, but if you’re using fresh ingredients or juice, I’d definitely recommend some time in the freezer.

Pour mixture into glasses, top with ginger ale to taste and stir.

Sit on the porch with your tasty beverage, have someone grill you some amazing pork tenderloin with asparagus, and enjoy the Colorado summer!