I have so much fun coming up with new drink recipes. Is it tapping into my creativity or is it the literal buzz I get during the process? Hmm, it’s both, but mostly the latter! I had friends coming over for a BBQ and was trying to come up something different and nostalgic for them to try. Something that reminded them of childhood in a grown-up kind of way. I grabbed a handful of grapes, a bottle of vodka and went to work.
My original idea was having it on the rocks. I finished the drink and it tasted like a naughty grape soda. It was very good, but darn it, it’s summertime and it’s hot! I dumped my sample glass in the blender to turn it into a slushy! Ahhh…that took it to a 80s childhood level! This sparked 10 year old Ping walking into her Auntie Jane’s convenience store and pulling the lever to fill her extra large cup up with grape Slush Puppie, sucking it down so fast that a brain freeze was inevitable. Yes, I just wrote in 3rd person! Yes, I taste tested a lot today!
Hence, the creation of my Grown-up Grape Slush Puppie! Of course, this version is free of corn syrup, dye and artificial flavors and replaced with fruit and vodka! It’s just the perfectly sweet nostalgic adult concoction.