This post has been sponsored by Simply Beverages®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Let’s make Lemonade. No really, for once I am talking about actual lemonade, not my business. And you guys, this frozen lemonade is DEEEELICIOUS.
Clearly I love lemonade. I always put lemon in my water, vodka + soda with a splash of lemonade is my favorite cocktail and I keep a bottle of Simply Lemonade® in my refrigerator at all times (well at least I attempt to but my grocery visits can be spotty). I blame it on a childhood addiction/obsession with the fresh squeezed and oh so sweet lemonade they make at the fair. If it wasn’t $6 for a small cup, I would have ordered a gallon of it.
This lemonade freeze tastes almost EXACTLY the same. Seriously, it is just as sweet, but thankfully, also just as fresh tasting as that perfect summer treat. I plan on recreating this all summer long.
I tweaked this recipe for these slushees. Instead of juice from several fresh squeezed lemons, I used Simply Lemonade® – cause ain’t nobody got time to squeeze several lemons. I also doubled the recipe so that I would have plenty on hand for a little get-together with friends.
Rather than serving it as a slushy, I preferred to use the lemonade slush like sweet ice cubes. You can add soda water, water, lemonade or iced tea (my favorite combo) to make a refreshing treat. Or you can just serve it like a sorbet to kiddos – my kids have been crushing it!
Having a cocktail party, you can add a scoop or two to your favorite libation to make it a little fancier. Garnish with a lemon and go.
Simple Frozen Lemonade
3.5 cups water
1.5 cups sugar
2 cups Simply Lemonade®
2 lemons, sliced
- Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Let cool.
- Mix sugar syrup and lemon juice in a nonreactive 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Cover, and freeze overnight. (Lemonade can be frozen for up to 3 days; I made mine the night before.) Optional: Mix in lemon slices with mixture to make to pretty it up.
- Take out of the freezer 10 – 15 minutes before serving.
- Using a melon baller or ice cream scoop, scoop into glasses. Top with your favorite beverage – soda water, ice tea, lemonade, Diet Coke® – garnish with a lemon and serve immediately.
OR to make a traditional slushee
Break frozen lemonade mixture into chunks, and transfer to a large bowl. Whisk, breaking up chunks, until slushy. Divide slush among glasses. Squeeze 1 lemon wedge over each glass, drop it into glass, and serve immediately.
When I was whipping this up, I was a little nervous about how it would turn out but it far exceeded my expectations. My biggest tip is to make sure to leave it out for a few minutes before serving so it’s easy to scoop into balls.
It’s great for those of us that love to entertain but hate doing a ton of prep work before inviting friends over, especially in the summer. We tend to invite people over at the last minute after a day at the pool, so keeping things on hand and ready to go is key for me. I plan on making a batch of this every week (it took like 10 minutes to make) and keeping it on hand for Friday or Saturday night get togethers.
I recently got a Sam’s Club membership, mostly because summer is coming and my kids’ dedication to eating me out of house and home will only be amplified once they’re home all day. It is my snack stock up shop. Every time I come home, I’m inspired to organize my pantries like you see on Instagram but my kids usually eat half the snacks before I can even think about it twice. It’s been a godsend and I can’t believe I waited this long to get one. We love picking up the Super Variety Pack of Pringles® and some Cheez-It Duoz® since they’re easy snacks to set out for a party!
I’m thinking this summer, I’ll be adding lots of easy entertaining options to the mix on my trips to Sam’s Club so that I’m stocked up in case of a pop-up party.