A pretty, sparkling strawberry slush as a healthier alternative to pop in the spring, with a strawberry lime slush base topped with sparkling water. With a little honey and mint, it’s a great drink for warm days and kids love it, too.
This post was originally published in June 2016. It has been updated with improvements to the text and recipe as of April 2020.
Strawberry Slush Sparklers
This is pretty much a healthier strawberry slush topped up with sparkling water to make a refreshing, very fruity drink. If you’ve ever had a slush(ie, where I’m from) you’ll know that the convenience store ones are crazy sweet and not much more than straight sugar. I went to a tiny rural school so we didn’t really do 7-eleven runs – we had an ice-cream school bus.
So if you love the idea of slush, but don’t want the sugar hit, I’ve got you covered. Sweetened with piles of strawberries and a bit of honey (just two tablespoons!), this isn’t overly sweet but definitely delicious.
Toss in some lime juice and a touch of mint and you’ve got a fun spring or summer drink perfect for sunny days. Top it off with cold sparkling water – or champagne if you want a cocktail – for the sparkler element.
What’s in my strawberry slush?
Not much more than strawberries!
- Frozen strawberries
- Lime juice
- Honey (optional)
- Sparkling water to top it off
Turning this into a cocktail
The easiest way to turn this into an alcoholic drink is to use champagne instead of sparkling water to make a pretty pink champagne cocktail. You can use non-alcoholic sparkling wine too.
Alternatively, add a shot or two of tequila or white rum to the slush mixture when you blend it up. I haven’t tried freezing this as popsicles as mentioned below with the alcohol mixed in – it might not freeze fully – but definitely makes a great drink.
Recipe tips and notes
The mint flavour is mild, but you can add more if you want something a bit more herbaceous. The type of mint you use will alter the outcome, so keep that in mind; spearmint is much milder than peppermint. Lemon mint would be good.
You don’t have to add the water if you want a more gelato-like texture, and it makes excellent popsicles. Just pop the strawberry slush right into popsicle moulds and freeze for a few hours until solid. If you want to make champagne popsicles, try adding about a cup to the mix, but no more than that.
There are no substitutions for this recipe apart from the cocktail notes. You could use lemon juice instead of lime if you can’t get it, but otherwise there’s not much flexibility here.
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- 300 grams / 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 60 ml / 1/4 cup lime juice
- 2 tablespoons raw honey or other liquid sweetener, optional
- 4 mint leaves, plus extra sprigs for decoration
- Sparkling water*
- Add the strawberries, lime juice, honey, and mint leaves to a blender. Blend on high until completely smooth. If it's not mixing well you can add a splash of water.
- Fill glasses halfway with the strawberry slush, and top the glass with sparkling water. Top with the additional mint and serve immediately.
- If you're not serving it all right away, keep the slush mixture in the fridge and don't add the water until serving. It's best immediately, but still good after it's been in the fridge for a day or two.
* Any kind that doesn't have anything added to it. You'll need a couple cups of water at minimum.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g
This data is provided by a calculator and is a rough estimation of the nutritional information in this recipe.