Weekend refreshment: Lemon-Arak Slushie

It was an unseasonably hot and humid day in the Motor City today with a high of 89F. The summer like sunny weather prompted our pals, The Hungry Dudes, to pose the following query to their facebook audience:
"It's toasty out there, how are you going to keep cool? Frosty beverage perhaps?"
While a cold bottle of beer is the quick and easy, This one is so damn simple to make that it's worth the ten minutes messing with knives and blenders. The unlikely flavor combination of lemon and anise is the most refreshing thing I've ever tasted on a hot summer day and it's made with lots of ice... ice is water... so it's good for you.
Lemon-Arak Slushie
Recipe Type: Beverage
Author: Bob Perye
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 2
Grab the blender and some straws. It's time to cool off.
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup Arak Haddad or similar anise flavored spirit
  • 1 tblsp lemon zest
  • 4 cups ice
  1. Special hardware required: zester, juicer, blender and straws.
  2. Zest the lemons, then juice. Load the blender with the zest, lemon juice, sugar and booze. I prefer Arak Haddad Crystal, but any anise flavored liquor such as Pernod or Ouzo will do.
  3. Blend until the sugar is dissolved and you have a consistent syrup. Add the ice, cap the blender and power through until you reach a smooth slushie consistency.
  4. Pour into your preferred vessels, garnish with zest and a straw, then head out to the patio to sit on your ass and chill out.
You'll get roughly 24 ozĀ  from this recipe, depending on how tightly you pack the ice. I mix it thick, if you prefer a milder flavor or need to stretch it, pop 2 more cups of ice in. Got a variation or a favorite alternative to whet your whistle after an afternoon of sunshine and yard work? I'd like to know about it. Tell the world in the comments. -///  
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