You'll love these non alcoholic slush recipes for making old time soda fountain iced drinks. No beverage is more refreshing on a hot summer's day than a Freeze or a Smash. Forget today's artificial Slushies, these fancy iced drinks are naturally flavored and truly delicious.
Soda fountain operators made the forerunner to the Slush which they called a Freeze, a fruitade or a punch beverage with carbonated water in which the shaved ice is allowed to remain when serving. Shaved ice gives the drink a very low temperature, suggesting its name.
Freezes were usually served garnished with fresh fruit, a sprig of green mint, and colorful straws. Customers leisurely drank them as the ice melted.
A Smash drink is very similar to a Freeze and generally made with soda
syrups of a richly fruity flavor. Like Freezes, Smashes
also called for shaved ice and carbonated water, and they were
traditionally served garnished with a sprig of green mint in thin
glasses with straws.
Some recipes call for shaved or crushed ice that can be made using a blender or by hand. Handmade crushed ice is not only traditional, but it works best for cooling the drink. The following YouTube video demonstrates how to crush ice cubes.
The Dispenser's Formulary or Soda Water Guide (1915)
Crushed fruits served in the following manner are delicious and refreshing: 1-1/2 ounces crushed fruit, juice of half a lemon, sufficient shaved ice.
Put the shaved ice in a small glass, add the fruit and lemon juice, stir well, and serve with a spoon and straws. Price—8 ounces, 10 cents.
1 ounce pure grape juice, 1/2 ounce raspberry syrup, 1/2 ounce orange syrup, juice of 1/2 orange, 1/2 glassful fine ice shavings. Fill glass with carbonated water; mix with a spoon. Decorate with fresh mint and seasonable fruits; serve with straws. Price—12 ounces, 15 cents.
1-1/2 ounces vanilla syrup, 1 tablespoonful orange pulp, 1/4 glassful shaved ice. Place all in a 12-ounce soda glass, fill with carbonated water, fine stream, and top off with whipped cream.
1 ounce pineapple syrup, 1 teaspoonful powdered sugar, 1/2 glassful shaved ice. Add some carbonated water, stir vigorously in a shaker, strain into an 8-ounce glass, fill the latter with the coarse stream of carbonated water, stir again, and add a piece of pineapple or some crushed pineapple. Serve with a spoon and straws.
One ounce pineapple syrup, half glass shaved ice. Pour into 12-ounce glass, fill with carbonated water, stir, add spoonful of crushed strawberry; top with a slice of orange; serve with straws.
Or, pour ounce of strawberry syrup into 8-ounce glass; add large spoonful of either canned or fresh grated pineapple; fill with shaved ice, stir, serve with a spoon.
1 ounce cherry syrup, cracked ice to fill glass, and then pour in grape juice to fill glass. Price—8 ounce glass, 10 cents.
1 ounce pineapple syrup, 1 teaspoonful powdered sugar, 1/2 glass shaved ice. Add carbonated water, shake, strain into 8-ounce glass and fill with carbonated water, coarse stream; stir again, and add a piece of pineapple or some crushed pineapple. Add a small amount of lemon juice, and a sprig of mint for garnish. Price—10 ounces, 10 cents.
1 ounce maple syrup, 1/2 ounce vanilla syrup, 1/2 glassful shaved ice. Rub the rim of a tall frappe glass with a piece of orange and dip the rim of the glass into powdered sugar, which will adhere to it.
For this popular non alcoholic slush recipe, shake the syrup and ice, using a heavy glass and a shaker, pour carefully into the frappe glass so as not to wash off the crusting sugar, and fill to about half an inch of the tip with plain soda water. Add a slice of orange. Serve with paper napkin and straws. Price—10 cents.