this is one of those recipes that is great to have around – for holidays and special occasions, or just for yourself on an ordinary day. along with her mini cheesecakes, my mom has been asked to make this banana slush (some people call it banana slush punch) for years for everything from open houses, christmas and new year’s gatherings, church dances…you name it. everyone absolutely loves it, and it’s always gone fast! and i know exactly why – it is so refreshingly sweet…just look at the ingredients below and you can see why is disappears! (and you can also see how little it takes to make something so delicious!):
sugar, pineapple juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice concentrate, and bananas. that’s it! and i love each and every one of these ingredients. put them all together, and magic happens…
the first thing you need to do is boil together water and sugar, until it looks like…well, water. you want all the sugar to be dissolved.
then you need to add to that the frozen juices. no preparation, just straight from the frozen state. admittedly, this picture doesn’t look the most appetizing, but i do like a lot of pulp in my orange juice, and so that is what you see! (along with some of the frozen pieces)
set all that aside while you make this other part:
blend together a little bit of pineapple juice from 1 of the cans with 2.5 bananas.
it will look nice and frothy, like this.
pour it into a gallon-sized plastic container.
then add the remaining juice from the pineapple juice can that you opened.
do the same thing with the other can of pineapple juice and the other 2.5 bananas and pour it all into a 2nd gallon-sized plastic container.
once you’ve done that, divide the orange juice-lemonade-sugar water mixture evenly between the two containers.
put the lids on and freeze for about 2 days, or until frozen through.
when you’re ready to drink it, you can do it 2 ways:
1. if you’re serving a crowd, get out a punch bowl. pull the container out of the freezer 1/2 hour before serving. scrape half of the container into a punch bowl and add a 2L bottle of pop (ginger ale, sprite, 7up). mix it all together until nice and slushy. done! (btw, this recipe will yield 4 punch bowls [1/2 container per punch bowl], so you will get a lot out of it.)
2. for individual servings, let it sit out for about 1/2 hour, then scrape out as much of the slush as you want into your cup and add pop (gingerale, sprite, 7up). my sister and i would always sneak down to the basement with cups and spoons and sneak ourselves some of this stuff. it is sooo good!)
i wish i could give you all a taste through the computer. then you would know first hand just how refreshingly great this stuff is! until you try it (and you should!) i guess you’ll just have to take my (and many other people’s) word for it!
- 2 48-oz cans pineapple juice
- 1 12-oz can frozen lemonade
- 1 12-oz can frozen orange juice
- 5 bananas
- 4 cups sugar
- pop (gingerale, sprite, 7up)
- 2 1-gallon containers with lids
- boil together 6 cups water and the 4 cups of sugar until sugar is dissolved. let cool slightly. add the frozen juices and mix.
- in a blender, blend part of 1 can pineapple juice with 2.5 bananas. pour into a 1-gallon plastic container. add the rest of the pineapple juice. repeat with the other can of pineapple juice and the remaining bananas.
- divide the sugar water mixture between the 2 containers. freeze for approximately 2 days.
- let thaw ½ hour before serving. scrape half of a container into a punch bowl and add a 2L bottle of pop.
- makes 4 punch bowls full.