San Francisco Heat Wave Slowing You Down? Don’t Sweat it—My 4 Raw Fruit Summer Slushies will Have you Refreshed in No Time!

As summer draws to a close, your blender begins to experience thoughts of self-doubt. As the Ninja or Vitamix thinks ahead to colder days, questions of relevancy arise— “Oh sure, she loves me now. I’m the star of summer— workin’ overtime, churning out smoothies and raw vegan desserts! Just wait ’til the temps drop and she goes back to her old standby— the oven! Then all I’m gonna hear about from my corner of the countertop for months is ‘roasted-this’ and ‘broiled-that’ and ‘casserole this’ and ‘baked that’ and ‘make-your-own-pizza,’ wah wah wah.” And then your blender begins to cry, and you feel bad.

This insane San Francisco heat wave (and September in general) is a great time to remind your blender how much you love it. Here’s some splashy inspiration for end-of-summer slushies! All recipes here are meant for 2 servings. I amused myself for a few minutes coming up with these San Franciscan names. OPI and Essie should hire me to name their next batches of nail polish.

Presidio Pool Party

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My favorite on this list!—

juice from 2 grapefruits
juice from 1 lemon
dash of honey or your preferred sweetener
7 ice cubes
sparkling water or seltzer
mint garnish

Use a strainer over the blender when you squeeze the grapefruits and lemon; this keeps out the bitter seeds. After blending the fruit juice and honey with the ice, pour into two glasses. Top with a splash of sparkling water, and garnish with mint. My drinks are pictured with basil, since that’s what I had on hand. It worked out just fine!

The Presidio Pool Party is your blender’s favorite. Since grapefruit season is technically during the winter, your blender will feel appreciated in the dreary days and dark nights of winter when you feel like mixing up a batch of these again.

Red Berry Baker Beach Rover

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This one is super fun, because it comes out thicker— more like a real slushie, and the vivid color adds to the #getinmybelly and #nomnomnom factor. The key is to use lots of ice!

1 cup raspberries
10 large strawberries
dash of lime
dash of honey or your preferred sweetener
12+ ice cubes
garnish with lime wedges

This one is easy breezy, and so good for you, too! It’s chock-full of vitamin C and berry antioxidants! Just throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth!

Mission Mango Mandarin Maven

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Despite my appreciation for mangoes, I tend to avoid buying them, because I find the cutting and peeling process to be tedious, and then the juice goes all over the kitchen counter, and I always end up with a big mess. It’s totally worth it though for this drink!

1/2 mango; cubed
2 oranges
(1/2 cup coconut milk optional; not used here)
dash of honey or your preferred sweetener
12+ ice cubes
lime wedge garnish

Blend this one the same way you did with the Red Berry Baker Beach Rover— this one is also good when served at a thicker consistency; almost like a lassi (if you go for the coconut milk). A bit of trivia is that mangos are the national fruit of India; nearly half of all mangoes come from India. The common mango is a variety that orginates in India, Bangladesh, and Burma. Adding in a few strawberries or raspberries to the Mission Mango Mandarin Maven will give it a more vibrant color.

West Coast Wish for Watermelon

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This watermelon drink is so light, refreshing, and full of hydration! After all, watermelons are more than 90% water, and they’re also full of lycopene, vitamin C, and B vitamins.

1/2 small watermelon (I bought one of the really round baby watermelons.)
5 large strawberries
dash of honey or your preferred sweetener
7 ice cubes (or less)
lime and strawberry slice garnish

I like to leave this one a little more watery than the others to honor the juicy watermelon.

All of these creations are potentially tasty with sparkling water added in. I’ve been on a sparkling water kick all summer, so I’ve been topping everything off with Pellegrino.

Let me know how these icy treats work out for you! Cheers! And stay cool!

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2 Comments on “San Francisco Heat Wave Slowing You Down? Don’t Sweat it—My 4 Raw Fruit Summer Slushies will Have you Refreshed in No Time!”

  1. Lisa September 9, 2015 at 07:56 #

    Very cool! I may try the Red Berry Baker Beach Rover one!

  2. Bill September 10, 2015 at 11:15 #

    They all sound very delicious… I am a Mango fan so that would be the one I would definitely make. Then I will be upset that it is all gone.

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