This slushy cocktail made with ouzo and lemonade is the perfect summer slushie treat!
Summer makes us thirsty! There is nothing like a refreshing cocktail, sipped poolside, to help celebrate the warm weather months. Flavours and recipes we would pass on in winter, we crave in the summer – frosty cocktails are one of those things.
Montreal summers can get pretty hot and humid. Temperatures ranging in the high twenties or early thirties, with a high humidex can make you feel hot and sweaty and pretty uncomfortable. The best place to be when that happens is by the water (a pool, a lake, the shower), sipping a nice cool drink.
We have already established that ouzo served with lemonade will make an ouzo drinker out of everyone, even people who don’t care for ouzo! There is something about the tartness of lemon that brings out the best in ouzo. The strong anise flavour is still present, but less pronounced, and it goes down easy!
Most Greeks we know have had at least one souvenir bottle of ouzo in their dining room buffet or liquor cabinet. These are usually bottles decorated with scenes of the Parthenon and go unopened for years – either because they are too pretty to “ruin” or because no one actually likes to drink ouzo. Well, get ready guys. Dust off those bottles and prepare to run through your whole stash of ouzo with this amazing ouzo lemonade slushie, the perfect summer slushy cocktail!
What is ouzo?
Ouzo is a dry aperitif that is flavoured with anise. It is prepared through the distillation of rectified spirits, and the anise flavouring is then added to it. Ouzo is widely consumed throughout Greece and Cyprus and is perfect to serve alongside mezes such as keftedes (Greek meatballs) and Greek sausage, like our loukaniko stuffed with kefalotyri cheese.
Is ouzo high in alcohol?
Most ouzo is around 80 proof, which is milder than some other alcohols, like whiskey and rum. Still, caution must be used when drinking ouzo because the high sugar content delays the release of alcohol into your bloodstream, so you don’t feel the effect of the alcohol immediately.
Where can I buy ouzo to make ouzo lemonade slushie, a perfect slushy cocktail?
Any well stocked liquor store will sell ouzo that you can use to make ouzo lemonade slushie, our delicious slushy cocktail.
How long does ouzo last?
The short answer is, forever! The concern over how old ouzo is relates to the quality of the product, and not the safety of consuming it. If stored properly, a bottle of ouzo, even one which has been opened, will last indefinitely. However, if the ouzo tastes off or looks murky, it should be discarded for quality purposes.
If you love our ouzo lemonade slushie, try these other slushy cocktails:
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Ouzo lemondade slushie (Slushy cocktail)
- 1 Blender
- 1 fluid ounce ouzo 30 ml
- ½ fluid ounce simple syrup 15 ml; see Recipe Note
- 10 frozen cubes of lemonade
- 2 fluid ounces lemonade 60 ml
For garnish, optional
- 1 lemon slice
- sugar for rim of glass
- If desired, run a piece of lemon along the rim of your glass and then dip it into a bowl of sugar. Set aside.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend just until you reach a slushie consistency. Pour into glass and serve immediately. Enjoy!1 fluid ounce ouzo, ½ fluid ounce simple syrup, 10 frozen cubes of lemonade, 2 fluid ounces lemonade