Summertime is better with Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies! Frozen strawberries and freshly squeezed lemons, combined with vodka, a little bit of sugar and ice – make these drinks the hit of the party. Skip the vodka for virgin slushies!
I’m not gonna lie. I like my fruity drinks. But the reason I don’t drink them very often, is because they are LOADED with sugar. I usually stick with beer and wine when we go out on the weekends, because I’m afraid I’ll get some on-tap sugar zapper. You know, the margaritas or daiquiris or sangrias that are in those machines – and they crank them out one after another. “Here’s your blood-sugar-buster ma’am.”
No thanks. I’ll make my own at home.
It’s summertime, and I’m ready to crank out a few lower-sugar belly-slimming drinks right here in my kitchen. YES please.
Ingredients Needed for Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies:
- Frozen Strawberries – Buy the ones with NO sugar added. That way you can control how sweet you take your drinks.
- Fresh Lemons – You know how I am about fresh lemons and limes. SO good, so worth it.
- Vodka – Get a good quality vodka, and avoid the cheap stuff. Your body will thank you for it. OR, skip the vodka altogether for a virgin cocktail.
- A little sugar (or honey) – Use as much or as little as you like.
- Ice – The colder the better, LOL.
- Friends – The more, the merrier, right? 😀
- Fun stuff – Cute mason jars and reusable glass straws for the win! (Not required but kinda fun! See below for the ones I have.)
Anyone wanna come over for cocktails and snacks? 😀
How to make Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies:
- Make simple syrup (ahead of time). Either on your stove top or in your microwave, combine an equal amount of sugar and water and cook until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate until cooled.
- Squeeze the lemons. Using a citrus press (or your hands) squeeze a bunch of lemons, enough to get about 3/4 cup.
- Prep glasses. Pour some sugar on a plate. Take a lemon wedge and run it around the rims of your glasses. Turn them upside down on the plate to get a sugar coated rim. Place some lemon slices on the edge of glasses.
- Mix. In a blender (or Vitamix), combine frozen fruit, freshly squeezed lemon juice, vodka, simple syrup (or honey), and ice (if needed), and puree until smooth. You may need to do this in two batches if blender isn’t large enough.
- Serve. Pour slushies into glasses, insert straws, and enjoy!
What to serve with your slushies:
- Beef and Bean Nachos – Prep the meat mixture in advance, and then the rest is a breeze.
- Classic Deviled Eggs – I love keeping some of these in the refrigerator for when the boys are home.
- Toasted Pine Nut Hummus – Homemade hummus is the BEST!
I’m ready for some cool summertime drinks. Enjoy!
Need more of a holiday slush recipe? Make my Cranberry Vodka Slush! Perfect large-batch recipe for a holiday crowd. 😀
Kitchen Tools used for this recipe: (Affiliate Links)
- Vitamix Blender – We use this every day for smoothies.
- Citrus Press – Used for cocktails and other recipes.
- Mason Jars – 16-Ounces – I have a large stash of mason jars of all sizes.
- Glass Drinking Straws – These are great for the environment, and fun to use too!
Make this cocktail next: Classic Skinny Margaritas
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Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Slushies
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3-4 lemons) – freshly squeezed (can use less for not as much tartness)
- 5 cups frozen strawberries – no sugar added
- 1 cup vodka – use good quality
- 1/4 cup simple syrup – or more, to taste (OR use honey)
- 2-3 cups ice – if needed to reach desired consistency
- sugar – to rim glass
- extra lemon slices – to serve
- Ahead of time, make a simple syrup. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water, bring to a boil in small pan. Once sugar dissolves, remove from heat and let cool. Store in refrigerator. You might want to make more (especially if you make more than one batch) and store it in the refrigerator.
- Using a citrus press, squeeze lemons into a jar. This can be done ahead of time and refrigerated.
- Prep glasses, by running a lemon slice around the rims. Pour some sugar, and some lemon zest (optional) on to a plate, and press the rims of glasses on plate to get a nice sugared rim.
- Using a large blender, combine fresh lemon juice, frozen strawberries, vodka, and simple syrup – and pulse until smooth. Add ice to desired consistency.
- To serve, pour slushie mixture into prepared glasses. Add lemon slices to edge of glasses, and enjoy!
- IF YOU LIKE A SWEETER DRINK, add additional simple syrup. If you want to avoid refined sugars, use honey instead. It will taste more tart.
- If desired, use fresh strawberries and additional ice for this recipe.
- You can also pour slush mixture into a container and freeze. To serve, scoop out slush into glasses, and let them melt a bit before drinking, or enjoy with a spoon.
- Use a good quality vodka for these cocktails.
- This recipe makes four 12 oz. drinks. To make it go further, let strawberries thaw, and then add additional ice.
- You can skip the vodka for virgin drinks.