Slushies are a refreshing way to battle the summer heat, and this recipe uses only 3 ingredients plus water and ice. Only 2 ingredients if you choose not to make a float. These slushie floats are so easy to make, your kids can do it!
Why this recipe works
Each slushie costs less than 60 cents to make. If you head to 7-11 for a Slurpee, or Dairy Queen for an Arctic Rush, you’ll pay a lot more than that!
These drinks are a family favorite. Even as the kids got older, I can’t remember a summer without making these slushies. It all started when my daughter was 4-years old and would beg for Slurpees. So we started making our own homemade slushies and slushie floats.
Ingredients you will need
We often use the unsweetened packets of Kool-Aid, but you can use any brand you like.
How to Make Homemade Slushie Floats
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Make sure you have a blender that is capable of crushing ice.
- In a blender, combine powdered drink mix, water, sugar and ice.
- Blend until you have a slush type consistency.
- Pour into two large glasses or four small glasses and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can also add some cute paper straws!
Expert Tips & FAQs
There are three ways to enjoy these homemade slushies.
- Just the slush – follow instructions above but leave out the ice cream. This is similar to a Slurpee or a DQ Arctic Rush (anyone remember the Mr. Misty??)
- Slushie Float – Follow the instructions. Adding the ice cream makes it a float! This is similar to the DQ Arctic Rush Float.
- Blended Slushie Float – After adding the ice cream, blend the slushie again. This gives your slushie a creamier texture, also similar to a blended DQ Arctic Rush Float.
As you can see above, you can also layer the different flavors for a fun unicorn look! We love making our own slushies during the summer. Such a great way to cool off. Hope you enjoy it!
More Fun Summer Ideas
- Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- Pina Colada Recipe
- Fruit Salad
- Nana’s Macaroni Salad
- Sponge Bombs & Sponge Toss Water Game
- Glow in the Dark Water Bottle Bowling
- Summer Coloring Pages
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Homemade Slushie Floats (Slurpees)
- 0.13 ounce package of unsweetened powdered drink mix any flavor
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar can add up to an additional 1/4 cup to taste
- 4 cups ice
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- In a blender, combine drink powder, water, sugar, and ice. Blend.
- Pour into two large glasses or four small glasses and add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.
Expert Tips & FAQs
- Just the slush - follow instructions above but leave out the ice cream. This is similar to a Slurpee or a DQ Arctic Rush (anyone remember the Mr. Misty??)
- Slushie Float - Follow the instructions. Adding the ice cream makes it a float! This is similar to the DQ Arctic Rush Float.
- Blended Slushie Float - After adding the ice cream, blend the slushie again. This gives your slushie a creamier texture, also similar to a blended DQ Arctic Rush Float.
This post originally appeared here on July 1, 2009 and has since been updated with new photos and expert tips.