Up until yesterday, I thought we were going to have a pretty mellow Fourth of July. The friends we typically celebrate with were going to be out of town, and an old friend of mine and I have been so busy that there hasn’t been a lot of time for making backup plans.
The friends we typically celebrate with were going to be out of town, and an old friend of mine and I have been so busy that there hasn’t been a lot of time for making backup plans.
All signs were pointing to a stress-free three-day weekend, and you know what?
I was fine with that. Totally okay with it.
But then another friend of ours reached out to us and mentioned food (my weakness, because delicious) and fireworks (his weakness, because it means setting things on fire) and suddenly we were trading in our hermit-like weekend for good times, good food, and explosives.
And you know what?
I was fine with that. Totally okay with it.
And, spoiler alert: these vodka slushies played a big part in our day.
But I’m getting ahead of myself! In the beginning of these plans, I was left with a bit of a dilemma: my super-uber-planner alter ego started to lose it, because my next thought after the reasonably-minded “oh, this should be fun” was a frantic rhythmic chant of “omgthehouseisamessandIhavenoideawhattofeedthesepeopleomg.”
Thankfully we’ll be going out to eat (so dinner is handled – insert sigh of relief here) but it sounds like the plan is to retire at our house for dessert and fireworks.
The good news here is that dessert is my specialty, so it shouldn’t be too hard to whip something up, but I also wanted to make sure we had some cool, fun beverages on hand to help fight the Phoenix heat.
And to me, nothing says fun quite like drinking festive alcoholic beverages while we create scorch marks in the grass.
Who’s with me?!
This is the part where I must leave you with the recipe, as I’ve still got a house to make presentable to the general public.
But hopefully by the time you’re reading this the floors will be mopped, the counters will be clear, and I’ll be in my backyard sipping on a vodka lemonade slush as the dogs bark at an old friend of mine setting off fireworks.
How to layer this slushie
This recipe has been around for a few years, and the most common bit of reader feedback I get is this:
That the colors in this drink are not “layered correctly,” because it’s layered red, blue, and white.
And I know this doesn’t match up to the way Americans typically say it (red, white, and blue). Some readers have even pointed out that the colors look more like the Russian flag than the American one.
But for the visual purists out there, I have some bad news:
The way you layer this drink isn’t a choice. To effectively create layers, you need to consider the thickness of each liquid.
In this case, grenadine is thicker than Blue Curacao, and lemonade is thinner than both grenadine and Blue Curacao. This is why the drink is layered red, blue, and white, because it goes from thickest consistency to thinnest. If you layered it any other way then the layers might not hold and the different colors would be more likely to bleed through.
However, that doesn’t mean this drink still can’t be fun for a holiday bash. You’ve still got all the correct colors present, even if they aren’t in the “most ideal” order.
And, besides, I promise this vodka slush will still be a hit at your patriotic party!
Notes & tips for red, white, and blue drink:
- You’ll also need a trusty food processor for this recipe. I bought the Ninja Blender System almost 10 years ago and it hasn’t failed me yet!
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How to make this vodka lemonade slush
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a food processor, blend grenadine and ice until slushy, then pour a layer (about 1/3 the size of the glass) into the bottom of your chosen glasses.
Step 2 – Blend blue curacao and ice until slushy, then gently add another 1/3 layer on top of the grenadine.
Step 3 – To finish off, blend the lemonade, vodka, and ice, then top off your drinks with a final layer.
Step 4 – Serve and enjoy!
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This recipe was originally published on July 3rd, 2015. It received a TLC update with new photos on June 6, 2016.
Red, White, and Blue Vodka Lemonade Slush
Using a food processor, crush mix 3 cups of ice and grenadine syrup together until slushy. Note: You need this layer to be extra thick, so if needed, add up to 1 cup more ice and blend. When finished, set aside.
Repeat the step for the Blue Curacao, blending with 3 cups of ice until slushy. Like the last layer, you want this to be extra thick. If needed, add up to 1 more cup of ice and blend. Set aside.
Add vodka, lemonade, and remaining 3 cups of ice to the blender and mix until slushy. It's not as important for this layer to be thick, but it should be comparable to the others. Add up to 1 more cup of ice if needed. When finished, set aside.
Prepare drinks by layering the flavors in this order: grenadine, blue curacao, and finish with the vodka lemonade on top.
Recipe adapted from And They Cooked Happily Ever After.