Need a cool treat on a hot day? Try this gingery Honeydew Slush made with green tea ice cubes.
When I was a kid, I loved going to 7-Eleven. I remember when I made the cheerleading squad in the second grade, Dad let me get a large cola-flavored Slurpee® to celebrate.
Yes, I’m willing to admit I was once a cheerleader. At the time, all it required was a little bit of rhythm and a big mouth. Once they incorporated the splits and cartwheels, I was outta there. Flexibility is not my thing.
Nutritionally, a Slurpee® is basically sugar and sodium. But what if we could make a version with real fruit that’s loaded with antioxidants? It would be the perfect refreshment for a miserably hot summer afternoon.
Making A Better Slush
This Honeydew Slush features green tea, honeydew melon, candied ginger, diet ginger ale, and fresh mint. You know green tea is good for you, right? The antioxidants in green tea combat the free radicals that float around in your body and try to give you cancer and blood clots among other things. Honeydew also contains antioxidants plus it’s loaded with Vitamin C and potassium.
This may not be the Slurpee® of your childhood, but I think you’ll like it.
Like honeydew? Try Honeydew Melon with Lime-Yogurt Sauce and Pistachios.
Honeydew Slush with Green Tea and Ginger
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 green tea bag
- 2 tablespoons water
- 3 slices candied ginger
- half of a small honeydew melon
- 8 to 12 ounces diet ginger ale
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
Place boiling water in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Add tea bag and steep for about 10 minutes. Remove tea bag and cool to room temperature.
Place 2 tablespoons water and candied ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir constantly until the sugar has come off the ginger, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Discard ginger.
Chop melon into 1-inch cubes (you’ll need about 1-1/2 cups) and freeze until solid, at least 2 hours.
Add ginger syrup to green tea. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid, about 3 hours.
If you have a blender capable of crushing ice, use it. Otherwise, you’ll need to use a food processor. Place about 8 ounces of ginger ale in the blender or food processor. Add the green tea ice cubes, frozen melon, and mint. Puree until smooth. You may need to add more ginger ale to get the desired consistency. Serve immediately.
My favorite brand of ginger ale is Vernor's (affiliate link), introduced to me by my first husband who is from Michigan.
Although most of the calories in this slush come from sugar, it has no fat, no cholesterol, is low in sodium, and is a good source of Vitamin C.