Quick & Easy Homemade Slushie Syrup Recipe

Cool off this summer with your own homemade slushie syrup recipe! Make this easy slush syrup and then add it to crushed ice for the easiest way to make a slushie at home with or without a slushie machine.

Let’s make slush syrup for homemade slushies!

Easy Homemade Slushie Syrup Recipe Perfect for Summer

This homemade slushie syrup recipe is perfect for hot summer days when your kids are needing something to do and want something sweet.

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This slushie syrup recipe is really easy for little ones to whip up, but there is a stove-top part to it that may require your assistance. This recipe is very similar to what I do to make agua fresca (fresh fruit juice). Kids will love that you can customize the flavors to make the best slushie syrup in the world.

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Note: If you don’t have a slushie machine, you can use a food processor a blender to make shaved ice.

Ingredients Needed to Make Slushie Syrup

  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cups Water
  • 1 packet of flavored drink powder
  • Ice

Directions To Make Slushie Syrup

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Easy steps to making your own flavor of slushie syrup.

Step 1

In a small saucepan, place the sugar and water, bring to a boil (remember to stir).

Step 2

Stir and lower to med. heat for about 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Add drink powder to hot water. I used a pink lemonade-flavored drink powder.

Step 4

Let it cool for a bit and place in a squeeze bottle. Let it chill in the fridge before pouring it on ice.

Step 5

While the syrup cools, start making your ice. We used our small slushie maker and made enough to fill 3 small cups.

Step 6

Fill your cups with ice, and pour the slushie syrup over them! YUM!

Step 7

Serve and enjoy!

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Our Experience Making Homemade Slushie Syrup

A few years ago, I went to a friend’s summer bash, and one of the fun things they had out was a slushie bar.  It was so much fun and I left their house thinking, “I NEED a slushy machine!”  I tried ordering a specific brand online, but by the end of the summer, they were out of stock. I ended up making crushed ice in a blender until we could get our hands on a slushie maker that was quicker to use.

Prep Time
45 minutes

Total Time
45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cups Water
  • 1 packet of flavored drink powder
  • Ice


  1. Place sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir the mixture to avoid the sugar sticking to the saucepan!
  2. Let it boil for about 2 minutes more. then remove it from the heat.
  3. Add in any drink powder to the hot mixture. Use your kiddo’s favorite flavoring, of course!
  4. Let it cool down a little and place it in a squeeze bottle. Let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Make your ice as you’re chilling the syrup. You may use a food processor or blender to crush the ice.
  6. Fill the cups with ice, and pour the slushie syrup over them. You may let your little one do this part!
  7. Serve and enjoy!


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What did your kids think of making homemade slushie syrup for a yummy summer treat?

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