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.
- 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.