Spanish-Ish Strawberry Slushito Recipe

The great nation of Spain is known for many glorious food and drink traditions, but frozen cocktails is not one of them. So, when restaurateur Mark Kuller wanted to put slushy drinks on the menu at his contemporary Spanish restaurant Estadio in Washington, D.C., he and bar manager Adam Bernbach struggled a bit with what to call them. "A lot of the names we came up with were too serious," Bernbach recalls. To make the slushies at least sound Spanish, anyway, the pair ultimately decided to add the -ito suffix. And, ahí está! The "slushito" was born. It works, Bernbach says, "because it's so silly." Here's Bernbach's recipe for making your own silly-sounding strawberry-flavored drink at home, even if you have no proper slushito — er, slushie — machine:

Spanish-Ish Strawberry Slushito Recipe
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  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 1 quart 1:1 simple syrup
  • 6 ounces Gin
  • 2 ounces Campari
  • 3 ounces fresh lime juice
  • Fresh Basil leaves
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