I think I've complained about this endlessly of late, but there's still no real signs of autumn on the horizon yet. It will be up to 101 degrees this Saturday, and aside from that one red leaf I found on the path while walking to the car a couple of days ago, I'm still hearing birds chirping, there's a bright yellow thing blazing in the sky, and flowers hanging over the back fence. Sounds positively dreadful doesn't it? It's not really, I actually love the summer, but once the kids head back to school it immediately puts my mind in fall mode.
But, even though there's no signs of autumn yet, it doesn't mean I can't burn the pumpkin spice candles, and pretend that fall will be here soon ... right?
For now though, there will be no spiked apple cider, or pumpkin hot chocolate, instead there will be after school treats such as cinnamon apple slush.
This is so fun, and such a perfect fall themed after school treat for the kids. It's one they can make too. I'm going to show you two different methods, one that you can make while they are at school, and one they can make when they get home.
And, for an adult version, splash an ounce of bourbon in. Trust me!
The first method is to make it in the freezer. This certainly adds a lot more flavor, but is a little more time consuming and really needs to be made while they are at school.
Here's what you need:
- 1 bottle Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple
- 1 tsp cinnamon sugar
Combine these two ingredients into a glass or plastic container and place into the freezer. Set a timer for 45 minutes, then take it out, scrape down the sides and stir. Pop it in for another 45 minutes and again scrape down the sides and stir. Then you'll want to repeat this every 10-15 minutes (you should only need to do it 2-3 times) until your slush is ready. So it takes a good 2 hours to have the perfect slush. Personally, I like mine a little more liquid than ice because I like to drink it and get those little ice pieces, but my kids prefer flavored ice.
Scoop into glasses, and then garnish with apple slices and cinnamon donuts.
The next method is perfect for kids to make. They simply need to combine 1 bottle of Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar, with about 2 cups of ice in the blender. Pulse until blended. Add more Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple to make it drinkable, or more ice if you want to scoop it with a spoon. This doesn't have the strong apple flavor of the first (and my preferred) method because of all the ice, but it's still such a refreshing treat.
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