Thursday, September 18, 2014

DIY Apple Cider Slushie Recipe

One of our family fun highlights of the Autumn/Halloween season is our trip to the pumpkin farm. The visit to the pumpkin farm provides all sorts of great entertainment ranging from complex corn mazes, spooky trails, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, petting zoo, along with plenty of games and souvenirs. One of the highlights of this annual trip is cooling off with an apple cider slurpee (though listed as a “slushie” by the farm concessionaire). There is nothing complex about these drinks as they are just a combination of crushed ice and fresh apple cider. Some people choose to grind real chunks of apple and add other items such as cinnamon, lemon juice, and even maple syrup. Nope. Not necessary.

As great as these taste, they can also run about three to four bucks a drink which quickly adds up for my family of five. That $20 spent on drinks alone, puts a crimp on my apple cider donut/souvenir budget! Good news is that because these are so easy to make, we don’t have to wait to go to the farm to enjoy this tasty apple slurpee. We can make this cool treat right in the comforts of our kitchen. I can get a gallon of cider at the local Meijer or Aldi (along with bag of ice) and make my own batch for whenever the apple cider craving kicks in.

 Below is a recipe to prepare for five. I get a good slushie consistency with my Ninja blender. We usually make a few batches during the cider season which runs from Labor Day through Thanksgiving.

DIY Easy Apple Cider Slushies
 (Serves 5)

 5 cups of ice
 3 cups of cider

 1. Blend until ice is reduced to slush consistency.
 2. Serve in glasses.
 3. Add Straws

 Doesn’t get any easier than that, right?

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