Tasty Slushy Recipes For the Bunn Ultra-2
Since the beginning of time, Iced Drinks have been used to cool down overheated bodies in the middle of summer. Long lost cave carvings show Neanderthals dancing around downed mammoths while sipping on prehistoric slushies flavored with wild berries. Victorian style paintings artfully reflect kings and queens of the court making judgements and waving scepters while downing (generally alcoholic) "frozeneth drinkeths", as they came to be called. Black and white photos even show Henry Ford celebrating the creation of the Model T by driving erratically down Main Street waving his cherry slushy around.
Okay, actually, I made all that up. According to wiki.answers.com, Mr. Richard R. Slush "invented" the slush drink by enjoying orange juice from his freezer... of course, if you believe everything you read on the internet than I have a paper cup Bono handed me during a concert that I'll sell for a mere $3.7 million... i.e., take the Slush information with a grain of salt. Either way, with the advent of bulk slushy making machines like the Bunn Ultra-2, millions of people enjoy frozen drinks all over the world every year.
So, you have the shop, you have the machine, what should you make? Here are some recipes that I have found particularly intriguing. Use them if you want, or make up your own! Try having a "Fresh Friday" where every Friday you try out a new recipe in your gas station/concession stand. You will no doubt see customer loyalty go up as you intrigue them with a new flavor each week/month (although it might be wise to have at least one hopper of that Bunn Ultra-2 filled with a good ol' flavor like strawberry just in case everyone hates your "special brew"... just sayin). So, here are some of our favorite recipes for you to try out in your quest for the perfect slushy:
Best Summer Slushy
Strawberry Lemonade Slushy - A personal favorite, not many summer activities are more enjoyable than sitting on a porch swing sipping an iced Strawberry Lemonade... therefore, why not make it more enjoyable with a Strawberry Lemonade slushy? This would be the perfect mid-July slushy to pass out at that concession stand. Be prepared to make extra so you don't run out! (P.S. we adapted this fantastic recipe from allrecipes.com!)
- 1-1/4 Cup of Lemon Juice
- 10 Cups (2 1/2 quarts) of Water
- 3 1/2 Cups of Frozen Strawberries (make sure they are thawed, and include the juice)
- 1 Cup of Sugar
Yields Approx. 1 Gallon of Slushy Sweetness. To use, simply puree the strawberries, mix all ingredients, pour in the Bunn Ultra, & turn on the machine!
Blueberry Green Tea Slushy - Want the slushie, sugary taste and good health to boot? Try out this healthier, "green tea" slushy in your shop on Broadway. (P.S. we adapted this fantastic recipe from Wholeliving.com!)
- 11 Cups of Water
- 12 green tea bags
- 5 cups Blueberries
- 2/3 cup Agave Juice
Yields Approx. 1 Gallon of Slushy Healthiness. To use, bring 8 cups of water to a boil and steep the tea bags in the hot water for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and put the tea in the fridge until it is cooler. While tea is cooling, puree blueberries in blender. Once tea is cool, combine blueberry puree, the 8 cups of tea, 2/3 cup of Agave Juice, and 3 cups of cold water. Pour into the Bunn Ultra-2 and watch the magic begin!
Best Bourbon Slushy
Florida Bourbon Slushy - Like your sweetened drinks with an edge to them? This Bourbon Slushy with a citrusy blast will knock your socks off and impress your friends. (P.S. we adapted this fantastic recipe from allrecipes.com!)
- 1, 6 oz Can of Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
- 1, 12 oz Can of Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
- 1, 46 oz Can of Pineapple Juice
- 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
- 2 Cups Double-Strength brewed Black Tea
- 2 Cups Bourbon (substitute Bacardi if you want)
- 1, 2 liter Bottle of Lemon-Lime flavored Soda (Sprite, 7Up, Mountain Dew, etc.)
Yields Approx. 1.4 Gallon of frozen fun. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl and pour in the Bunn Ultra-2. Turn the machine on, give it a chance to turn into slush, and part-ay! (Of course, please always drink responsibly)
Hopefully, this has at least given you some new ideas for recipes to try. Don't forget, the more you can interest your customers and please their tastebuds, the more you will get them to return and buy more! Also, keep in mind that the above recipes are more guidelines then rules (think: Pirate Code), so make sure to experiment with them and see what works best in your situation before you commit to 17 gallons!
Until next time...