• 2 cups ice water
  • 1 packet fruit-flavored drink mix (use your favorite flavor)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 cups or 1 full tray of ice cubes

You need a blender to prepare this recipe. Put all of the ingredients into your blender. It will be about 2/3 to 3/4’s full. Put the lid on. Process the mixture on high for a full minute. Stop the blender, use a spoon to stir it a bit. Look for unchopped ice chunks. If all the chunks are grated up, then go ahead and serve it. You may need to process it for another full minute though. Serve immediately. I usually have to spoon this out of the blender with a measuring cup because the mixture is so thick. Makes 4 – 8oz servings.

I cannot praise this recipe enough. It costs less than 25¢ for the whole batch, or about 6¢ per serving. My boys beg me to make this afterschool during hot weather and all day long in the summer. It is a real treat, and so easy to make too. Highly Recommended!

While not quite as frugal a drink, you may also enjoy this Cafe Latte Mix… it’s definitely a lot cheaper than buying the mix at the store.

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Heather - July 19, 2009

This sounds great! We live in Texas and the HOT summer heat can get the best of you. My neighbor kids will love this as well as my 3 year old. Thanks :)

Sherri - July 22, 2009

I wonder how it would be if you used one of the “tubs” of sugar-free drink mixes instead of the unsweetened packet and sugar.

    The Hillbilly Housewife - July 24, 2009

    I feel sure it would work as well. Just try it and see how much of the drink mix it will take to make slushies that taste good to you and your family.

Janey - November 21, 2009

yum, It is truley delicious as speaking for myself who is a kid. I used the orange tang and it taste justlike something from 7/11. Good Job!

margaret - January 29, 2010

mmmmmmmm good Iam diabetic, also disabled ,this have helped me i can control kind of sugar and how much,also help me on saving money,especially at the end of month when there are’nt any funds thank you ,for sharin your recipe with me.

Miracle - June 1, 2010

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I tried this out on Saturday and it was awesome! I’m always craving a snowball in the summer so this is the best alternative for when my local snowball stand isn’t open. The one I did was watermelon kiwi and even when the ice was gone, it was still cold and a nice kool-aid drink. 5 out of 5 stars! Thanks again!

Sherri - February 4, 2011

Thanks! I’m amking these for my Super Glee party this Sunday!

Sheila - March 13, 2011

I made this today using frozen grape juice , and it came out great , I really loved it. I think next time I’ll make it with some cherry drink mix and see how that tastes :).

Fabienne - March 15, 2011

Hello,I want to make those slushies. Can u tell me how much drink mix yall used? Cause there are big and small kool-aid packages.
Thanks Fabienne

    Sheila - March 16, 2011

    I used a whole thing of frozen grape juice and filled the grapejuice container with water , then just added the ice cubes.

matt - May 1, 2011

would this work with frozen milk

Lara - May 4, 2011

Suzanne, where is the recipe for your homemade “Frosty” chocolate thick shakes/slushies? I looked and have made them before….YUMMY!

Erin - May 4, 2011

You can also use juice concentrate, a little water, and ice. My husband just bought me this blender thingy that comes with 5 individual cups (we have 3 kids and the 2 of us, so perfect) and you put the stuff in the cup, screw on the top and turn it upside down and put it in the base and it blends up, turn it over and then put a ring on it and drink it.

I try to stay away from too many sugars and cannot stand Kool aide so we do it with juice and it works out great! Kroger is running a sale this week on Old Orchard 100% juice concentrates for $1 apiece and I stocked up on all sorts of flavors for the summer here in south Texas on the coast.

DebraRuegg - May 18, 2011

You can use the tubs. I used a lemon/lemonade flavor. As long as it makes 2 qts. prepared, I don’t see a problem. I’ll be experimenting with other flavors when we get past this cool snap in TN!

DebraRuegg - May 24, 2011

I recently learned on the senior citizens website that one of foods that contains germs and poisonings[salmonella for one] and other bad stuff,those lemon wedges that are put on your glass of tea or on salad bars!!! Since then,I’ve used the pkts/sticks of lemonade flavor to my tea. Someone told me I made a “Arnold Palmer” drink. 1 pkt of lemonade,1 pkt of iced tea flavored makes 2 Qts.

    bea - June 8, 2011

    sounds good lemonade and tea

    i like to make tea put fresh oranges in the pitcher this is good
    senior link you mention is where?


      DebraRuegg - June 28, 2011

      Bea,sorry it took so long to get back. This info was on my AARP email newsletter a month or so ago,It was about places and thing that are germy etc[about 10 or so]. I didn’t get to print it out,because i accidently deleted it!!! sorry. I’ll try to find someway to get it back and let you know…

        DebraRuegg - July 9, 2011

        OK finally got around to finding the AARP article about lemons. Here’s how I did it: type aarp newsletters,click article daily news-articles… home & garden,scroll down to the title are you hosting billions of germs in your house?,scroll down to related.& tiitle don’t touch that! article #2 is about the lemons. I hope this works for you

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