Grapefruit Gin Slushie – The refreshing combination of grapefruit and gin enters the frozen drink world with this slushie.
Today’s recipe inspiration comes from a canned drink I tried last month. It was a gin and grapefruit juice drink and man was it refreshing! I was shocked at how smooth it was. Gin is yummy! Who knew!
Because this yummy drink shocked my tastebuds, my husband told me I need to make something similar. Usually, I tend to ignore what he says. But I can’t deny how yummy this drink was so I agreed.
This is National Ice Cream month, however, so I thought I’d have to push this inspiration until next month. Nonsense! The phrase “ice cream” is used loosely around this site and typically includes any frozen treats, cream or otherwise. As such, I used grapefruit juice and gin in a frozen treat perfect for this month – slushies!
Without further ado, I now present my deliciously refreshing Grapefruit Gin Slushie!
How to make these slushies
The important thing to remember when making slushies is to not make them too watery. This can happen if you add ice to a non-concentrated mix and then blend into a slushie. In the case of this grapefruit gin slushie, the juice is freshly-squeezed and thus not concentrated so we do NOT want to add ice to make the slushie. So then what do we do?
We freeze the juice! Once you’ve squeezed the juice from the grapefruits, it’s poured into ice cube molds and then frozen solid. Once solid, they’re added to a blender with gin and a simple syrup mixture of sugar and water and then blended! That’s all there is to it.
Tips & Tricks
- This recipe is made with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. If you happen to use a store-bought juice with added sugar, you may need to decrease the amount of simple syrup in the slushie. You can always add more but you can never take away sugar once you’ve added it.
- The juice will take time to freeze, about 8 hours. To be safe, let it freeze overnight.
- if you don’t have enough ice trays you can freeze in batches. When the cubes are frozen, remove and place in a gallon storage bag. Then, add more juice to the ice cubes and continue.
- If you don’t have ice trays, you can use mini muffin trays, which is exactly what I did for half of my juice!
Grapefruit Gin Slushie
- 8 cups fresh grapefruit juice
- 1¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces gin
- paper straws for serving
- Gently pour grapefruit juice into ice trays. I like to use a ladle to make this process neat. Freeze until solid, about 8 hours. If you don't have enough ice trays, freeze in batches by placing solid cubes in a freezer storage bag and reusing the trays for the remaining juice.
- 1 hour before serving, make the simple syrup. Place salt, sugar, and water into a small sauce pan and heat just until boiling, stirring occasionally. Let sit to cool. The sugar will continue to dissolve.
- Once the syrup is cooled, it's ready for use. Place ⅓ cup into blender with half of the frozen ice cubes and 2 ounces of gin. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more syrup if necessary.
- Pour into glasses and serve with a straw. Blend the rest of the juice ice cubes with the rest of the gin and ⅓ of the syrup.