Frozen Hard Lemonade Slushie




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What's better than a nice cold beverage on a hot day? A frozen cold slushie on a hot day! You can make these delicious slushies with Mike's Hard Lemonade, Smirnoff Ice, Bartles and Jaymes, and other delicious alcoholic drinks!

Step 1: Supplies

You don't need many things for this delicious slushie.


  • Alcoholic beverage of choice - it needs to be alcoholic for this Instructable because the alcohol prevents it from freezing entirely (I used Mike's Hard Strawberry Lemonade)
  • Quart Sized Freezer Bags (you can freeze a bunch at once in a gallon bag if you want this for a party!)
  • Garnishes (I had to throw a strawberry on my glass)
  • A Fancy Glass for serving - go fancy with glass or go for a big crowd and get a pack of plastic ones

*Optionally, you can use a Collapsible Water Bottle. The first time I made this I used a collapsible water bottle I got for free at a running event and it was really nice because it stood up nicely in the freezer and it took longer to crush up and get out of the spout in the water bottle. Why is it good that it took longer to get out of the water bottle? You'll see later that if you crush it up fast, it is more in the snow cone consistency. The longer you smash it up, the more melted it gets which makes it more slushy-like.

Step 2: Freeze

This is so easy. Pour the beverage into the bag, seal it up and stick it in the freezer.

If you are going to do this for a party, I would say to throw these in the freezer the night before and you will be all set by morning. Otherwise, it takes around 5 hours, but you can just check on it and drink it whenever you feel like it.

Step 3: Time to Crush It!

I prepared my garnish and then pulled my bag out of the freezer.

It will seem like it is one big solid block, but once you bag on it a few times it will start to break up and smash really easily. You can just use your hands or go for a rolling pin.

Using your hands is good, because you are going to want to melt this a little bit so it is more slushie like and less snow cone like.

Step 4: Dish It Up...

Once it is smashed up you can go ahead and serve it right away, but as you can see in that first image, it is going to be more like a snow cone right away. I would say to just continue to kneed the bag up in your hands until it appears to be the consistency you want. You can always dish them up at snow cone consistency and then by the time you serve them they should be more melted.

I threw mine back in the bag and smushed it up some more until it was the way I wanted it.

Step 5: And Enjoy!



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    17 Discussions


    4 years ago on Step 5

    Thanks. I'm bad about freezing them in the bottle and risking explosions and mess. I twist the cap off then halfway back on. This is a saner approach.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Looks refreshing! Slurp! :D

    Here in Italy we don't have Mike's lemonade... Does it taste like Bacardi? It looks similar!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Most of the drinks like Mike's in the USA are actually flavored malt beverages. Even the ones that are made by companies like Bacardi.

    More research will have to be done with the harder alcohol.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    40-odd years ago we made what we called an alcoholic icee. As I remember (a dicey proposition at this remove) we used half a can of frozen pink lemonade, 6? ounces of vodka (cheaper the better), a blender full of crushed ice. Blend until slushy. A warning: The resulting slush looks and tastes like it's non-alcoholic. It isn't. You can become very inebriated very quickly drinking this stuff. Sometimes we would add a slug of a jug wine called Paisano for flavor.


    4 years ago

    Hmm, I think this would be really good for a party if you crushed it to snow cone consistency then combined it with an equal portion of blended watermelon (which should send you into the slushie consistency) then throwing it into a watermelon keg. I know what I'm doing for the fourth!

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