Slushies have become one of the hottest—or coolest—beverages this summer, but these are not your everyday cherry Slurpees. Whether made at a trendy New York City restaurant
or in one’s own kitchen, these icy drinks—upgraded with gourmet ingredients, all-natural flavors, and artisanal spirits—are ideal for cooling off during these seemingly relentless dog days.
Across the country, grown-up takes on the kiddie refresher are providing cool relief, in more ways than one. Indeed, adding a splash of booze brings the average slushy to new levels. New York City’s Momofuku serves soju-soaked slush cocktails
; Baltimore’s The Stalking Horse sells the Mountain Dude
, an icy mix of citrus soda and vodka; and DC’s The Reef peddles frozen picklebacks
, a fusion of Jameson and pickle juice. Some frozen cocktails are decidedly less fancy, however. Pok Pok Ny, the first East Coast outpost of chef Andy Ricker’s Thai empire, simply freezes Singha beer bottles until the contents are slushy
, a clever DIY take on the trend.
Food trucks are abundant in most cities these days, but New York's Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
continues to draw crowds wherever it parks. Their unique product is every bit as refreshing as a Mister Softee
cone, but far less indulgent. Available in flavors like spicy ginger and black tea with fresh fruit mix-ins, a Kelvin slushy is more grown-up than its 7-Eleven cousin
. Its organic all-natural ingredients make it healthier and tastier too. Recently, Kelvin expanded its reach beyond the truck to hotels and restaurants
by offering exclusive alcohol-infused “Prohibition-style” frozen cocktails at rooftop bars and pools around the city.
A no-frills blender works in a pinch, but niche gadgets that can transform ordinary beverages into a frozen treats should have a place in the kitchen as well. Slushy Magic
is a mug that uses “snowflake science” to turn a cold drink frosty in under a minute. The Original Slush Mug
, an “As Seen On TV”-style miracle appliance, is an old-school alternative that’s been churning out kitchen slushies since the 1970s. Finally, hand-cranked slushie makers
that function like retro ice cream makers may require a bit of arm work, but the workout they provide should offset the calories one is bound to consume when finished.