By D. Laverne O'Neal

Mmmm, there's nothing like a slushy ice drink on a hot summer day -- or anytime you're looking for a cold drink fix. Slushy drinks can be made in a variety of flavors. You only are limited by your imagination. Consider lemon, orange, raspberry or strawberry. You might even consider using flavored liqueurs, as long as you add them near the end of the slushy-making process. It's as easy as 1-2-3.

A frozen slushy can evoke the feeling of the frozen tundra -- in your mouth.

Step 1

Dump the ice cubes into a blender. Use half a tray for a single drink, or a whole tray to serve two.

Lemon is a popular slushy ice drink flavor.

Add the flavoring of your choice into the blender pitcher. You may add flavored syrups, powders or gels. If you elect to flavor your drink with a liqueur, you should wait until the ice is nearly perfectly crushed.

A blender is a critical part of the process.

Turn the blender on at lowest speed. You want to be careful not to let the ice grind too fast so it liquefies. Be patient, and watch as the large cubes get smaller and smaller. When they are the size of your choice, and before they are completely liquid, turn off the blender.

Fun glassware can add joy to the occasion.

Pour into glasses. You can use beer glasses, parfait or other dessert glasses. Use whatever type of glass lends a sense of fun to the occasion.

Step 5

Drink up. Be sure to enjoy your slushy drink before it melts. Otherwise, you might have to start the process all over again.