When we were kids and home for the ‘August” (summer) holidays from school, I recall my mom making this frozen treat for us. Except she would use Kool Aid or any type of fruit juice we may have at the time. If memory serves me correct, I think she would even use the custard mixture for home made ice cream as well, before my dad broke the bank and brought our first ice cream pail (maker). Speaking about frozen treats, as kids in primary school I recall buying “ice blocks” from the vendor who lived next to the school. Basically all he did was put fruit juice (super sweet) into ice trays and freeze them. Then we would shell out our 5 cents to get one… so good on a hot day. Hated the sticky feeling in your hands after though. Got into a lot of trouble with my mom when the red juice from the melted ice blocks would get onto our kaki shorts (school uniform).. still remember trying to wash it off as soon as it happened. Only to walk around school for the next hour with a huge wet spot in the front of my pants.
Speaking about Kool Aid… we were at the grocery store many moons ago, when I mentioned to Caron that we should get some Kool Aid. She then asked “what flavor do you like?” Without hesitation I said “red”! Yea, for me red is a flavor.. how many of you agree?
This recipe is very simple, refreshing and you can get your kids or grand-kids involved. But…. there’s a simple “big people” version as well.
1 seedless watermelon (about 4 lbs… gives about 4 cups)
1/2 cup sugar
couple dash angostura bitters (optional – but a nice addition)
1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
Start by cubing the watermelon to make it easier for the food processor or blender.
The next step is to add everything into a food processor or blender and puree. You may have do do it in batches as it may not all fit at the same time. Pulse and try not to blend too long, or it will go a bit frothy.
Pour the slush mixture into a baking dish. Metal works best, but all I had big enough was a ceramic one.. just takes a bit longer to freeze. Now place it in the freezer and let is firm up for about 1 hour. Then remove it from the freezer and give it a good stir. Break up any chunks which may have formed. Then place it back into the freezer and let it sit for 2-3 hours.. until it firms up. Now using a fork, with a sort of flaking action.. create the flaky/slush texture we’re looking for.
Serve immediately or risk 2 things happening. It will melt or if you place it back into the freezer for too long it will freeze solid. Scoup out and serve in martini glasses for the kids.. it will make them feel they’re sipping cocktails! Or if mommy or daddy want a grown-up version, add some rum or vodka.. yea that’s what I did last night while sitting on the patio being eaten by mosquitoes. Hope they made it home.. teach them to ‘drink” and fly!