Many of our favorite family recipes have a story behind them. This slushy drink was served at a baby shower for one of my daughters when she was expecting her first baby. Most of my girls like coffee and at the party we fell in love with a delicious coffee drink that was served as “punch.” Forget the nuts and mints–we wanted a second cup of this stuff! It didn’t take long for us to ask for the yummy frozen coffee slush recipe.
One of the hostesses graciously wrote the recipe on a napkin and we brought it home and photocopied it for our files—uh, well—for the gallon-size plastic bag where we store loose recipes. This is the original copy:
Here’s the recipe in more legible form:
Coffee Slush Recipe
6 cups strong coffee (Eight O’Clock brand decaf is one of my favorites)
3 cups sugar (we use less, but if you don’t use enough it’s somewhat tasteless)
3 tsp. vanilla
2 pints heavy whipping cream
Add enough milk to make a gallon
Mix ingredients together until sugar is dissolved. Freeze, thaw slightly before serving. If you freeze it in quart-size bags you can thaw smaller amounts at a time by running warm water over the bag and squeezing it to break up chunks and make it form a slushy consistency. Allow the mixture to thaw a bit longer to make it drinkable.
We don’t make this very often because, well, sugar and heavy whipping cream. But every once in a great while, it’s a special dessert-ish frozen treat just for us girls. I could see adding some chocolate or cinnamon for a different flavor, but it’s hard to improve on perfection. This coffee slush recipe would be perfect for a shower, wedding reception, birthday party….or an ordinary day. I’m pretty sure you should test it out in the name of research. 🙂