During the summer and growing up in the suburbs, some of my best memories revolve around chasing the ice cream truck down the street (after begging my parents for a couple dollars) and sitting around a pool eating those frozen popsicles that came in a skinny plastic tube that you pushed out as you ate. I can't remember the name of them but I do remember eating tons of them, and always going after the yellow, red, or pink flavors purely because of the colors. My neighborhood friends and I would sit around outside eating them by the box, which I'm sure thrilled our parents, and I remember watching in wonder as the color faded from the ice as we sucked out the juice.
Today, I still love frozen things, whether it's a smoothie, ice cream, frozen margarita, milkshake - you name it, and with the current heat wave going on in New York, I was craving a frozen beverage. There's nothing better than fresh honeydew, and the addition of the lemon juice and lemon verbena syrup matched perfect and made these slushies super refreshing. The melon also gave them a super smooth consistency. Although we didn't enjoy these with any alcohol, I can envision them being especially tasty with the addition of a shot of vodka or gin. If you try it out that way let me know!
Honeydew & Lemon Slushies
In a medium sauce pan, make lemon verbena simple syrup by mixing together a handful of fresh lemon verbena leaves, 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Simmer until thickens and strain the syrup into a bowl and set aside to cool.
Once simple syrup is cool, put honey dew, and juiced lemon into a blender. Add lemon verbena simple syrup and ice. Pulse to combine - the consistency should be that of a slushie (or frozen margarita). Add water or more ice if necessary. *This would also probably be good with some vodka!*
- 3 cups cubed honeydew
- 4 lemons, juiced
- 3 tablespoons lemon verbena simple syrup