How to Make Homemade Slushies

We’ve been non-stop craving slushies since the weather has warmed up! It’s the iconic drink of childhood summers spent at the seaside or bank holidays at the cinema. Well, guess what? It’s now easier than ever for you to make slushies from the comfort of your own home. From snowcones to slushies and mocktails, our homemade slushy recipes are sure to be a hit at children’s parties and your next family gathering.

How to make slushies like a pro

You can’t go wrong when making homemade slushies and with our fantastic range of Neo Direct slushy machines. Simply pop all the ingredients in your slushy machine to blend it all up together and watch the magic happen. In no time, you’ll be crushing up your ice and creating your own slushy recipes like a pro! We have plenty of models available so you can add syrups and flavours as well as grind and crush ice with ease. Hey, some will even save you a job by stirring your recipe for you! Each has a retro design to add a dash of vintage cool nostalgia to your slushy making experience.

Our favourite slushy recipes

Our slushy makers and blenders also have a little recipe book to get you started, however, we can’t wait to share more of our fave slushies with you right here. So check out our top homemade slushies to suit any occasion! 

The Simple Summer Slushy

Slushy machine on a metal silver surface with straws, sweets and a cup filled with blue slushy liquid

You need:

  • Any flavoured squash of your choice
  • Lemonade 
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 2oz cold water
  • 1 tbsp of rock salt

This slushy is a quick classic from back in the day! It’ll bring back childhood memories of running around the garden with ice pops and water pistols immediately. It’s also the simplest recipe in our guide as this slushy is made up of many kitchen cupboard staples. Before you ask, we know what you’re thinking: why salt? Well, the salt will create that desired thick slushy effect that means each icy treat won’t melt too fast in the heat – so there will be no tears over melted snow cones from the little ones!

The Cocktails O’Clock Slushy

Two cocktails in glasses with cucumbers and a cocktail slushy maker in a kitchen

You need:

  • 250g frozen raspberries or strawberries
  • Prosecco (we’ll let you choose how much!) 
  • Tonic or soda water 
  • A dash of mint
  • Plenty of ice

Without a doubt, this slushy recipe is for the adults who want a boozy brunch or a bit of extra drink in their dessert after dinner! Combining any type of fruit with alcohol in a slushy goes down a treat, so feel free to experiment with different combinations! For our Cocktails O’Clock Slushy, the ingredients are fruity, sweet and with an extra dry kick, thanks to the prosecco bubbles added. It’s a new twist on the classic combination of strawberries and prosecco!

The Ice Cream Soda Slushy

Coca cola in a glass with ice and a straw on a black table

You need:

  • Fizzy cola of your choice
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Ice cubes 
  • A tall glass
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Cola bottle sweets, sprinkles and a cherry

Inspired by the classic American coke float desserts, this slushy is a doddle to make and is sure to impress everyone when it’s time for dessert. Put your cola and ice cubes in the slushy maker as usual and grind up the ice to create your base mixture. Scoop up your vanilla ice cream and pop it in the bottom of the tall glass, then pour your homemade cola slushy mix over it. Top it off with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, cola bottle sweets, sprinkles and a cherry for that classic retro look.

The Iced Coffee Slushy

A creamy ice coffee slushy in a glass with caramel syrup

You need:

  • 3 cups of chilled instant coffee 
  • An ice cube tray
  • 1 tbsp of Maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of milk or non-dairy alternative 
  • Feel free to add whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles and all the goodies you love
  • Chocolate and caramel drizzle

Calling all of my fellow caffeine addicts: we have a homemade slushy with your name on it! This recipe requires a little extra prep the night before but it’s well worth the wait. Stick the kettle on and make a cup of Joe with an instant coffee brand of your choice. When it’s all mixed together and cooled, pour the concoction into an ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer overnight. Your coffee ice cubes are perfect for preserving the rich coffee flavour even as your slushy starts to melt. What should you do with the other 2 cups of coffee? Leave them in the fridge overnight to chill and brew. When you’re ready, pop all your ingredients in the slushy maker, as usual, blend it up and then start adding your favourite toppings like whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate sauce… it is mouth-watering just thinking about them all!

There are so many more combos we could share with you on how to make the perfect slushy at home. Not only are they easy peasy to make but there’s always room to improvise with your own delicious recipes and toppings. We want you to start summer off with a sweet treat so why not check out our fantastic Neo Direct slushy makers, ice cube makers and more kitchen appliances online.