I picked my son up from baseball practice earlier today, and my cell phone rang in the car on the way home. I answered through the Bluetooth in the car, so my son was able to hear my conversation. It was my mom. The conversation went something like this.

“I’m glad you picked up the phone because I don’t want the boys to hear this.”

“Mom, I’m in the car and your grandson can hear everything you say.”

“Okay, well, I wanted to tell you that 7 Eleven is giving away free Slurpees today in case you wanted to take the boys.”

“Thanks, mom.”

No, I didn’t want to take the boys to stand in line to get a Slurpee, but it was out there now.

My son begged. I said no. He gave me that “why does my mom have to be such a hippie look.”

I don’t mind earning my “meanest mom on earth” badge when it’s warranted, but darn it, I’m not about to let some convenience store dictate when that’s going to be. So I decided to make my own version of a Slurpee, a slushee I guess is the generic word for it, with fresh fruit and ingredients I was okay with.

My watermelon slushee was a hit. I’ll be experimenting with other fresh fruit this summer.


  • 2 cups cubed watermelon, placed in freezer for about an hour if you have the time
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ½ c natural lemon/lime flavored seltzer
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
My notes
  • I used watermelon because I had a lot of it on hand. You could try this with other fruit like cherries, blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. Maybe even mix and match fruit.
  • The fruit doesn't have to be frozen, but it helps to make a thicker slushee if it's frozen. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Seasonal recipe: Watermelon slushee
On 7/11 Slurpees may be free, but they’re still full of mysterious ingredients and food dyes. Make your own version at home with fresh fruit and seltzer.