Get through the Summer heat with this Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Cocktail that combines the best of both worlds: slushies and vodka.
Today, I want to talk about learning.
Something that has absolutely nothing to do with Summer (which is the vibe these Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Cocktails are giving off), and in fact, is basically the total opposite (you know, since school is out over Summer. I’m funny, okay.).
The other day, I had an issue with my email system. It had been so long since I’d set it up, that I’d forgotten how to do what I was trying to do – something that took me hours to figure out the very first time I did it. I sat there, sifting through pages, becoming increasingly more frustrated. About to give up, I typed a message to my friend asking for help, knowing they’d done it before and could guide me through. Just before I was going to hit send, I realized that I was doing the very thing that so many people these days do, and it drives me insane: immediately seeking answers from someone else before exhausting all resources.
Had I really tried hard enough yet? Did I really need someone to give me the answer?
This day in age, we have so much at our finger tips. We’re spoiled. Can you imagine growing up with typewriters? Or with encyclopedia’s that you’d have to physically sift through to find an answer to your burning question? The fact that I’ve even just said those two things shows how lucky we are in the year 2016.
So, I came to my senses, erased my message, and kept digging. Eventually, I’d found the answer (which was, in fact, ridiculously easy and right in front of me). It took me a while, but when that happened to me, I learned something. Not only did I learn something, but I taught myself something.
And trust me, I know it’s frustrating to feel like you simply cannot find what you’re looking for. I’ve been there about five million times. And yes, I ask for help from time-to-time. I am guilty of the very crime I am condemning. Sometimes I cannot find my answer, and other times I simply want an answer from a human being with opinions, experience, and perspective.
But I truly believe that one of the best parts about doing something you’ve never done, is what you learn along the way. Correction: what you teach yourself along the way. Without pressure, you’ve got no diamonds, so what good are any of your lessons if the answers are handed to you?
The blog and business journey I have experienced thus far is priceless. I have spent hours upon hours immersing myself in this world of WordPress, SEO, Google Analytics, Mailchimp, Photoshop, CoSchedule, social media, web 2.0. And food blogging? Don’t get me started. Recipe development, cooking, food photography, recipe writing, editorial planning, I could go on. Every single one of these things I could not do three years ago, and many of them I didn’t know existed.
To my fellow bloggers: let’s think about that for a second. Think about how much you have learned since purchasing your domain. You probably didn’t even know what a domain was before you took that step. Now look at you.
While it may feel like a pain in the ass to exhaust your resources, buckle down and find the answer yourself, I promise it’s more rewarding, and you’ll feel much more accomplished in the end. Ask if you must, find if you can (and you probably can).
Blueberry Lemonade Frozen Cocktails
On that note, let’s talk about these cocktails, shall we?
For this recipe I used my NutriBullet 900 watt blender – it worked wonders. This was my first time using it to form a “slushie” texture, as I normally use it to make smoothies or juices (that thang is POWERFUL), and I was so surprised to see how well it worked. It blasted through the ice but left enough to form a slushie!
For my recipe, I pulsed the blueberries and mint together before adding to the lemonade slushie. However, you can simply muddle them if you prefer to do that instead. OR, you can blend them all together with the lemonade. I wanted to separate the textures then gently combine them, but it doesn’t really matter – whatever tickles your fancy. I’ve always wanted to say that.
This cocktail is
Crunchy (ya know, ’cause slushie)
Healthy (’cause blueberries lol jk)
- 12 ice cubes
- ½-1 cup of lemonade (begin with ½ cup, add more as needed)
- 1.5 oz vodka (1 shot glass)
- ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 6 mint leaves
- In a nutri-bullet or blender, add ice cubes, ½ cup lemonade, and vodka. Blend until slushie-like texture is formed, adding lemonade as needed.
- Pour slushie mixture into cups and place in the freezer while you prepare remaining ingredients.
- In your bullet or blender, add blueberries and mint leaves. Pulse until well-combined.
- Remove slushie mixture from the freezer. Pour blueberry-mint mixture into slushie and mix well.
- Garnish with mint leaves/stem.
Join the conversation:
Tell me about a time you overcame odds and used your determination to find the answer to something.
What is your favorite fruit to add to smoothies or juices?
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