Thursday, August 2, 2012


Did you ever have one of those "I'm so sick of hot, dry, and everything in my yard is dying kind of day" that the way-back machine conjures up an oldie but goodies? 

Seriously, don't we all have those "I've used fourteen different kinds of deodorant and I'm still sweating" kind of day?  Or, "If I don't move, the sheets won't stick to my legs when I roll over and tangle me in a mummy wrap"? 

Are you spending time thinking a good blizzard (snow not DQ) would be just fine?  Do you feel guilty complaining about the heat when you know  some folks have it worse this year - and you still complain about the heat?  I call it multitasking complaints. 

So back to the oldie but goodies:  Back in my early adult life, we were none too sophisticated but pretended by making this summer drink.  We sophisticatedly called it SLUSHY.  Every woman I knew had a Tupperware container in her freezer waiting for company.  It was cheap, easy, always ready and the best part - we thought we were entertaining in style.  And by gosh, it worked.  It often does when we're all in the same, just married, not much extra money and let's have fun boat.  I've no idea who first invented this and there are several variations but it's still a nice little hot weather drink.  Drag out your Tupperware and get sophisticated! 

  • 12 ounces lemonade frozen concentrate

  • 6 ounces orange juice frozen concentrate

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 cups hot strong tea

  • 2 cups bourbon or rum or vodka or whatever you have on hand (don't do expensive) 

  • 7 cups water

  • Ginger ale or lemon-lime soda to taste

    In a lidded, freezer-proof container or two (Tupperware and Rubbermaid pitchers work well), mix all ingredients except ginger ale until thoroughly blended. 

Place the container(s) in the freezer overnight or for at least 4-6 hours. It should be firm all the way through, but it will not freeze completely solid because of the alcohol.  Scoop about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of the slush into a tumbler, top with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda to taste and serve.  The ratio is a matter of how you like your drink.  
Take my word for it, this has the color of something gone wrong.  It has to be good or nobody would make it more than once just because of the tan color. 

To bring a little more class to the whole Tupperware experience, serve in pretty wine glasses or ice cream float glasses.  People that want to over impress will add fruit on the rim of the glass but then it looks like you're pretentious and we couldn't have that.     

 Invite over a few friends, turn up the AC or sit out on the screened in porch late at night, scoop up some Slushy and let the worries of this nasty summer slip by for the evening.   

 Warning for people with kids:  You might want to buy a locking Tupperware container so no accidental "Oh look mom made Popsicles for us" incidents happens.

And yes, the tree at the top is dead and who posts pictures of dead trees - oh yeah "me".     

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