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:
- 1 pint fresh strawberries
- 1 quart 1:1 simple syrup
- 6 ounces Gin
- 2 ounces Campari
- 3 ounces fresh lime juice
- Fresh Basil leaves
1. Dice the strawberries and infuse them overnight in a quart of 1:1 simple syrup.
2. Strain, discard the spent fruit and refrigerate the syrup until ready to use.
3. In a blender, add 5 ounces of the strawberry syrup, along with the gin, Campari and fresh lime juice. Fill to the top with ice. Blend until smooth.
4. Pour into glasses and garnish with basil leaves.