Tasty Slushy Recipes For the Bunn Ultra-2

strawberry frozen drink recipe

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!

Healthiest Slushy

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...

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Check into Smatfruit Smoothie. That's what we use in our Coffee Shop. They have No added sugar at all. Just fruits and vegetables. They work amazing in our Bunn Ultra 2 for Frozen drinks.

Just make what you would normally put over ice in a larger batch and pour it in. We use our Cold Brew instead of pulling all those shots of Espresso and cooling them down. Once it is frozen..... taste it and you can make adjustments if needed

Looking for a "Frose" recipe for a Bunn Ultra 2? Also, frozen Moscow Mules!

Hey Veronika! I make a lot of my own syrups as well, and when it comes to ratios, you really are only constrained by your taste preference. A recommended starting point is a 2.5 gallons of liquid to 60g (volume) of sugar ratio. Because most simple syrup recipes are approximately 50% sugar by volume, that would translate to about 2 gallons of liquid to 1/2 gallon simple syrup. Let us know how this works out for you! ~Melina

Hi there I just start with our slushy machine BUNN CDS2 and dont really like the premix stuff and was actually thinking about to use our homemade syrups (contains a lot of sugar). I tried to find some recommendation or recipes what ratio of syrup and water should be used but nothing on the internet. Do you have please any recommendation or suggestions? Thank you!

Do you use white sugar when you add to the recipe? Wouldn't Simple Syrup (sugar dissolved in hot water and then cooled be better then it is ensured that it is dissolved and not granular in the final mix.

Thanks Daniel!

Hi Lori, We contacted the manufacturer of your machine (Faby Slush) to see if they had any recipes from scratch available, but we have yet to hear a response. We don't sell Faby machines, so we don't want to make any recommendations that might damage your equipment. We hope you find an answer to your question soon! We'll keep you posted if we hear anything. -Daniel

I am wanting to make Margaritas in my Faby machine and I want to make them from scratch! I do not like the bottled syrupy mixes...I cannot find a recipe anywhere! Does anyone have any???

Hi. I'm looking for a mocha slush recipe- are their any suggestions or has anyone tried making one?

Hi Kel, Yes, a quality brix meter should provide you with an accurate reading of the sugar content. In most natural fruit purees and juices (e.g. grape, cranberry, pomegranate), the sugar from the fruit (fructose) should be higher than 12% of your solution. Because fructose affects the freezing point of a solution more significantly than disaccharides like sucrose (table sugar), it will probably take longer for your fruit mix to begin freezing and you'll need to experiment a bit with your mix. We haven't personally tested all fruit purees and juices, but we've heard that they work for Bunn Ultra machines. Thanks for your question, and let us know how things go! -Daniel

I am looking to make a healthy smoothie mixture to serve in my machine for local schools, but I keep hearing about the sugar levels. If I want to use strictly fruit purees and juices, how will I know if the sugar content is accurate? Does a brix meter give accurate readings?

Hey Wayne, hope the following helps: From Bunn's website: "For "off the shelf" ideas, stick with anything that already has sugar in it. For instance, 2 liter bottles of regular soda, not diet, work great. Note, the carbonation will out gas quickly so the cola flavors get a little bland. But if you use flavored sodas like grape or orange, the flavor stays strong. These frozen soda drinks are a favorite with the kids, but not so much with the parents. To please the masses, try fruit drinks such as fruit punch or orange drinks. They come pre-mixed in gallon containers and make for an easy way to fill the machine with some flavorful frozen product." (Source: http://www.bunn.com/blog/Blog/prep-for-summer-granita-recipes/) Ensure the soda you use is sweetened with sucrose (that's why the above quote says to steer clear of diet soda). I know that sounds a bit picky, but diet drinks or those sweetened with anything but sucrose can inhibit production and possibly damage the machine. As to specific recipes, we do not have any strictly for cola. However, you can experiment with these parameters in mind: your ratio of sugar to solution should be 12 grams of sugar or higher for every 100 grams of solution (meaning you may need to add sugar to the mix, depending on the cola you choose). Check out your owner's manual for more details. Let us know if we can clarify anything and thanks for your question!

can you make coke slushes with the machine and do you have a recipie

Bunn does not issue any specific warnings against solids in their operator's manual but you are correct that they can pose a danger to the augers. Moreover, the dispensers are not meant to handle solids and might become clogged by them. The associate who researched and wrote this blog is no longer with us but I assume he meant by "mix ingredients" that they should be blended together, similar to the blueberry recipe. We have clarified that part of the recipe. Thanks for the question!

How are you are adding actually strawberries to a granita machine without breaking or damaging the auger/motor? I just bought my first frozen beverage machine for my restaurant and I am looking for good recipes. But the user manual is pretty clear, absolutely no solid icecubes or food can go in the machine (it is a brand new Grindmaster-Cecilware 5 gallon Magnetic Drive Machine, which is close to top of the line, so I would imagine if it cant take anything solid, nothing can)

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