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Strawberry Hibiscus Slushie

Stay cool all summer long with this Hibiscus Strawberry Slush! Refreshing, hydrating, and fruity, this slush is made with frozen strawberries, sweetened with homemade hibiscus syrup, and livened up with a kick of mint. This simple frosty beverage is made with just 5 ingredients.

Strawberry Hibiscus Slushie

As the weather warms up, we all start to crave something refreshing to help us cool down. A cold glass of lemonade or a frosty ice cream cone are classic summertime treats. But if you’re looking for something a little bit different, this Hibiscus Strawberry Slushie is the perfect summertime beverage. Made with frozen strawberries, sweetened with homemade hibiscus syrup, and livened up with a kick of mint, this slush is refreshing, hydrating, and fruity. Plus, it’s made with just 5 ingredients, so it’s quick and easy to make. So next time you’re looking for a cool and refreshing summer drink, reach for this Hibiscus Strawberry Slushie.

Key Ingredients

To make this summer-inspired slushie, you will need the following key ingredients:

  • Strawberries. I like to use frozen strawberries to help give the dish its slushie consistency, but you can use fresh strawberries if needed.
  • Lime juice. The acidity in lime juice brightens everything up and enhances the fresh flavors. It’s also loaded with antioxidants!
  • Fresh mint. This adds a really nice fresh flavor that pairs beautifully with the rest of our ingredients. I definitely don’t recommend swapping this ingredient out for dried mint; it’s important to use fresh mint leaves here.
  • Hibiscus simple syrup. We’ll be making our own from scratch with water, sugar, and dried hibiscus leaves in this recipe. It’s super easy and completely delicious.

Strawberry Hibiscus Slushie Recipe

This drink is split into two components: the slushie itself and the simple syrup we add to it. If you’ve never made simple syrup before, don’t stress! It’s beyond easy to make and is mostly hands-off.

How to Make Hibiscus Simple Syrup:

  1. Add sugar, water, and hibiscus leaves to a medium-sized pot over medium heat.
  2. Bring the ingredients to a boil, then remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour syrup into a bottle or jar through a strainer and press down on the hibiscus leaves to squeeze out any remaining syrup.

How to Make Strawberry Hibiscus Slushie:

  1. Add the simple syrup, lime juice, strawberries, and mint leaves to a blender. Blend for 15-20 seconds, then add the ice and pulse until smooth. Everything should be fully incorporated with no chunks.
  2. Pour in the glass and garnish with fresh strawberries, mint sprigs, and/or candied hibiscus.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

Here are some of my top tips and tricks to help you make this icy beverage: 

  • If you’re working against the clock, try placing the pot with the hibiscus syrup over an ice batch to make it cool faster. 
  • Try using crushed ice, if possible. Blending ice that has already been broken down makes it easier to produce a nice, smooth slushie. 
  • Be sure not to over-blend; otherwise, you run the risk of winding up with a watery slushie. 
  • Hosting a barbecue? Add some vodka or rosé and get the party started with delicious boozy slushies! 
  • Not a fan of mint? Try using fresh rosemary or thyme instead, as these herbs pair well with both strawberries and hibiscus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some of the most common questions about slushies:

What is simple syrup made of?

Simple syrup is traditionally made by boiling equal parts sugar and water until a syrup has formed. Many people also add herbs or flowers to the boiling mixture to infuse flavors into the syrup, like we do with hibiscus in this recipe. 

How long does homemade simple syrup last?

Homemade simple syrup can be stored in an airtight bottle, container, or jar in the fridge for up to one month. This goes for both traditional simple syrup and infused simple syrups like this one. After a few weeks, always make sure to check for mold before using your syrup. 

What can I use instead of strawberries?

Any type of berry will pair well with hibiscus. If you don’t have strawberries or want to use something different, feel free to swap them out for frozen raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries.

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two glasses of Strawberry Hibiscus Slushie

Strawberry Hibiscus Slushie

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 269kcal
Author: Meiko Temple

Ingredients

Hibiscus Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup dried hibiscus leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Hibiscus Strawberry Slush (Non Alcoholic)

  • 2 ½ cups frozen strawberries 325 g
  • 1 cup Hibiscus Simple Syrup 340 g
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice 2 limes (60g)
  • 15 fresh mint leaves 1g
  • 2 cups of ice cubes crushed (240g)
  • [optional] Candied hibiscus flowers mint, and fresh strawberries for garnish

Hibiscus Strawberry Slush (Boozy)

  • 2 ½ cups frozen strawberries 325 g
  • 3/4 cup Hibiscus Simple Syrup 255 g
  • ½ cup rose vodka or tequila (170g)
  • 15 fresh mint leaves 1g
  • 2 cups of ice cubes crushed (240g)
  • [optional] Candied hibiscus flowers mint, and fresh strawberries for garnish

Instructions

To Prepare Simple Syrup

  • Turn on the heat to medium in a medium pot stir hibiscus leaves, water, and sugar together. Bring to a boil then remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.
  • Pour syrup through strainer and press down on hibiscus to squeeze out the syrup.

To Prepare Slushie

  • Initial Blend: Place the syrup, lime juice, strawberries, mint leaves in a large high-powered blender. Blend for 15-20 seconds, or until large chunks are gone.
  • Add Ice: Add in the ice and blend or pulse until smooth. There should be no ice chunks and all ingredients should be fully incorporated.
  • Pour in glass and garnish with candied hibiscus, fresh strawberries and/or mint.
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Notes

  • Place hibiscus syrup pan over an ice bath to cool faster.
  • If possible, crush the ice in advance. Breaking down the ice prior to blending, the easier it is for the slushie to come out with smooth results.
  • To avoid a watery slush, be sure not to over blend
  • To make a boozy version reduce hibiscus simple syrup to ½ cup and replace the lime juice with ¾ cup of your favorite alcoholic beverage.

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 398mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 923IU | Vitamin C: 115mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2mg

Equipment

Medium Pot
Wooden Spoon
Blender
Strainer

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

**The equipment section above contains affiliate links to products I use and love. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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