I received this nifty little gadget via courier last year: the ZOKU Slush & Shake Maker. It’s a simple way to make ice cold drinks, icy slushies and perfectly frozen milkshakes in 7 minutes tops, on your countertop.
So how does it work? The Zoku Slush & Shake Maker consists of 3 parts: 1) a cup, 2) a stand and 3) a scraper spoon. You place the cup in your freezer for a few hours (just store it there for whenever you might need a slushie), then remove it from the freezer and place inside the stand. Now add your ingredients – anything from milk to juice, coffee or yoghurt, fruit pulp, crushed cookies or alcoholic drinks. Then watch as it turns to ice, scraping down the sides often to create a slushed effect. Safe and entertaining for kids, yet cool enough for adults to create mischievous party drinks.
ZOKU also published a beautiful book with loads of recipes and ideas for your slush gadget: The Art of Slush, also available from Yuppiechef for R195.00. Here is a recipe from this book for a blood orange mojito:
Ingredients: (serves 2)
- 25 mint leaves
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) water
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) blood orange juice (or use regular oranges for an orange-coloured drink)
- 30 ml fresh lime juice
- 1 cup (250 ml) sparkling water
- 50 ml rum (2 tots)
- Make a simple mint syrup: heat up 15 mint leaves with the sugar & water in a saucepan. Simmer for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to cool completely. Then remove the mint leaves.
- Now add the simple syrup to the rest of the mint leaves, orange juice, lime juice & sparkling water. Pour half of the mixture into the Slush Maker, then stir and scrape to create a thick slush. Add 1 tot rum, then stir and scrape again to create a thick slush. Repeat with remaining half of mixture to create 2 mojitos.
You can find the Slush & Shake Maker at Boardmans, @Home, Wellness Warehouse, ToyZone and online at Yuppiechef.co.za for around R250. Available in 5 bright colours. A great summer gift for the whole family.