Make Slushies without a slushy machine? Use Fresh Watermelons & Honeydew, Make This Quick Summer Coolers. Takes Only 20 minutes. Optionally, Add Malibu Rum

So, how do I make icy cold slushies without a slushy machine?  I found that it is very simple to make my own slushies at home.

Normally, summer time for me means a daily run (sometimes 3 times a day) to my neighborhood convenient store to get some ice cold slushies

Slushies make me very happy.  I think I can drink about five of them before I start bouncing off walls.

Overhead View of 2 Glasses Filled With Slusshies. One is Filled with Watermelon Slushie and the Other is filled with Honeydew Slushie. Make Slushies without a slushy machine

On one recent visit, though, the unthinkable happened.  I was greeted by a broken down slushy machine.  I made a very sad face and came back home with a yearning for some slushy sugar.

Talk about first world problems…..

Front View of 2 Glasses Filled With Slusshies. One is Filled with Watermelon Slushie and the Other is filled with Honeydew Slushie. Make Slushies without a slushy machine

When I had made my fruit ice cubes for my summer lemonade recipe, I had a few ice cubes left over.  The wheels began turning in my head and I put my smoothie blender to work.

After adding a couple of teaspoons of lime juice, I blended it into a slushy consistency.  That was all I added and it came out delicious!

From that point on, I experimented with a few other ingredients and finally came up with my perfect blend of flavors to the perfect slushies.

Front View of a Glass Filled with Watermelon Slushie. Make Slushies without a slushy machine

Notice the ingredients? There is a very grown-up ingredient.  For the adults, I added 1 ounce of Malibu rum.

(You are welcome)

If you are serving this to those that should not be served alcohol, substitute the rum for pineapple juice.

Front View of a Glass Filled with Honeydew Slushie. Make Slushies without a slushy machine

Sometimes the watermelon is sweet by itself and you may not need the pineapple juice.  For this recipe, I stayed away from any sugar.  The natural sweetness of the fruits was enough sugar for the slurpee drink

This doesn’t mean that I am going to stop buying my slushies.  On some rare occasions, I will pull out my blender and make them at home.

I found an article that documents the history of the slushies.  It is a fascinating read.

If you have melons left over, why not make this melon sandwich?  I made it with melon balls inside a sweetened pita with arugula and yogurt sauce! Its my favorite brunch recipe of all time!

You can also make a delicious watermelon curry or Watermelon lassi using the leftover watermelons.

What is your favorite flavor?

Overhead View of 2 Glasses Filled With Slusshies. One is Filled with Watermelon Slushie and the Other is filled with Honeydew Slushie

how to make a slushie at home with a blender

How to make slushies at home. Use fresh watermelons & honeydew, make this quick summer coolers. Takes only 10 minutes. Add Malibu Rum to make the grown-up version
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 73 kcal


  • 1 cup melon cubed (honeydew or watermelon)
  • 1 tsp ginger ground
  • 2 tsp lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/8 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 oz Malibu Rum (optional)
  • 1 oz pineapple juice (optional)
  • 1 cup water to freeze the melons


  • Add the watermelon to ice cube tray. I like to put 1 watermelon cube per slot
  • Use only 1 cup of water per tray
  • Leave it overnight, if possible or it will be ready in 2 hours.
  • In a smoothie blender, add all the ingredients
  • Blend using the pulse settings
  • When the ice has been crushed, transfer to a cup and serve.


If you don’t have the time to freeze the watermelon or honeydew, use ice cubes in the slushie
You can omit the water altogether and just freeze the watermelon / honeydew by itself. It will work great


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 1gSodium: 26mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 4000IUVitamin C: 19.5mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.3mg
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  1. This is a perfect idea for a refreshing cold drink to beat the summer heat. I love how you are putting the melon with lime, ginger and vanilla. Sounds delish!

    1. Thank you, Tara. I think we need a little “adult” versions once in a while

  2. Yum! What great flavor combinations. I love the ginger and lime additions– and the malibu! I’ve been keeping watermelon frozen in my freezer this summer, and blending it with fresh citrus- an orange or grapefruit, and it has been wonderful! Perfect for hot days.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. I love the your idea of blending it with various citruses.

  3. Thank you for this alternative idea post I love these because sometimes Ppl are just lost because not every country uses or has similar kind of lifestyle in the kitchen.
    Slushies are not found at every other corner here in India. just like espresso machine is rarity. so i do and love reading these!
    The watermelon slushie looks great btw. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Roy. I had no idea that espresso machines are rare in India. I am so happy to hear that you like this recipe.