Be cool with a summer sip from the past: Apricot Slush

It could have been a hot day over the Memorial Day weekend that made me think of an icy beverage my family used to cool off with on steamy summer days. Or maybe I was thinking of my mom more than usual as May is the month she died 16 years ago. And my mom was the "Queen of Slush" in our family. She stocked our freezer at the lake all summer with at least a couple of kinds of slush mixtures in ice cream buckets. She’d serve slush drinks to friends and neighbors at the happpy hours she and my dad would host on their deck. And she made fruity non-alcoholic slush for her grandchildren to sip.

I wrote about some of my "slush memories" in my column this week.

On Wednesday I stopped at Ace Hardware to pick up a few more clay pots to hold some flowers I still needed to plant, as well as some more potting soil. I couldn’t help taking a quick walk through the nursery area to check out the herbs and flowers. I spotted some morning glory plants tagged with a picture of red and white flowers that would eventually bloom on the vines. I had just been admiring the grand photos of morning glories Rachelle has on her Livin’ Life on Bixby Avenue blog and wishing I had some of those cuties. I knew the ones I had my eyes on at Ace had to be planted in my garden. Three little morning glory plants came home from the store with me.

Not long after I returned home, I was busy digging holes to create a new home for the morning glories. As I pulled the tag from the first morning glory, my heart flip-flopped a bit as I read its name. Happy Hour Rose. Why the flip-flopping heart? My mom’s name is Rose. It hit me as a little strange that right at this time, when I had just written about my mom and her penchant for serving icy slush drinks at the happy hours on her deck, I would unknowingly come home with morning glories called Happy Hour Rose. I smiled as I planted.

Apricot Slush was my favorite. I often had a big container of it in my own freezer. We always served it with lemon-lime soda poured over scoops of the slushy spiked ice, just like a root beer float. These days, I find that’s a bit too sweet for my taste. Sparkling water does the trick for me.

Whether your happy hours are on your deck or patio, or out on the boat, Apricot Slush is a refreshing beverage. It’s a "cool" blast from my past.

Happy sipping!

Apricot Slush

  • 1 (46-ounce) can or bottle apricot nectar
  • 1 (46-ounce) can or bottle unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
  • 1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed and undiluted
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup apricot brandy
  • Lemon-lime carbonated beverage

Combine first six ingredients in 4- to 5-quart plastic container with lid. Freeze.
To serve, spoon frozen mixture into large glasses. Add carbonated beverage to each glass and stir gently. Serve with a straw.

5 thoughts on “Be cool with a summer sip from the past: Apricot Slush

  1. Wow, thanks for the “shout out” to my blog. How very sweet of you! I’m going to try your apricot slush recipe as a tribute to Happy Hour Rose. I can’t believe the tag on that plant. Coincidence? I think not. You are choking me up. Very nice post, Sue. And, I may have to make a trip to Ace to purchase that color. I’ve always planted Heavenly Blue Morning Glories, but will have to try the Rose. :o) Thanks! Lovely post, as always.

  2. I don’t think it was a coincidence, either, Rachelle. I didn’t mention that as I planted the little Happy Hour Rose morning glories, I was blinking back tears as I smiled at the thought of my mom enjoying her famous happy hours.

  3. And, I just have to say that the little curly Q lemon thingys are adorable.

  4. I think I need to meet Rachelle some day, as she said everything I was going to including the lemon curls on the straw!
    You, Sue, are one of the people gifted with a higher level of sensitivity to the miracles around us all the time.Sometimems I even say to God, “gosh you have a great way of letting me know and encouraging me!”
    Yesterday, when I was swimming in the pool, I thought about the apricot slushes I used to keep in the freezer years ago and thought “I need to find that recipe again!”
    I had not seen this coloumn yet! Thanks, Rose!

  5. Kay, I never ignore those “little messages.”
    You will like the apricot slush. I can just see you floating around the pool with slush in hand.

    Rachelle and Kay, you can see me share my way of making those little lemon piggy tails on my video this week. Just go to my column and you will see where the video is right away. It’s easy to have lemon piggy tails on hand all the time, ready to garnish an apricot slush.

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