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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Book Review: Slushed!: More Than 150 Frozen, Boozy Treats for the Coolest Happy Hour Ever by Jessie Cross; Adams Media


Who says pops are just for kids?
In the sweltering summer heat, you need a quick way to cool down and keep the party going. In this refreshingly spirited volume, you'll find a frosty collection of more than 150 booze-infused frozen desserts, such as:

  • Fiery Chili Lime Tequila Pops
  • Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Martini Pudding Pops
  • Amaretto Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Frozen Kahlua Cheesecake
  • Vietnamese Coffee Gelato
With full-color photos and unique party tips, Slushed! guarantees you'll have an intoxicatingly cool summer!
Slushed! comes to you from the kitchen of nationally acclaimed blogger Jessie Cross of The Hungry Mouse (thehungrymouse.com). It also includes good, basic instructions for making ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt--and has a primer for equipment and ingredients.

My Review

Yum, yum, YUM! Frozen Ice Pops, Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Yogurt? Why certainly! Mousse, Parfait, Granita, Sorbet, and Sorbet.. Could you make it any better? Ice Cream Sandwiches, Cakes, and Frozen Cocktails.. OMG—YOU did make it better! But wait—there is also Milkshakes AND smoothies to go with that.

Summer has finally arrived… after all the cold, bitter winds, and rain here. I’m pretty sure Mother Nature was trying to make me mad. I do NOT like winter.. I do not like the cold..

I want shorts, tank tops, and sandals, Bonfires, cookouts, lazy days, and swimming. We can’t forget the frozen treats, NOW can we?

The first chapter is “Getting Down to Basics: Technique, Equipment, and Ingredients” that are needed to get the job done. Ice Cream Maker, Blender, Mixer, Candy Thermometer, and Pop Molds. Coffee, Cream, Eggs, Espresso, Fruit Nectar, Yogurt..

I am definitely going to make ALL of these yummy looking Frozen Ice Pops. There are some that I wouldn’t have thought would taste good together—but the ingredients seem to make the right taste. These only require you to have the pop mold and ingredients. Nothing too hard.

Cosmo Pops

Kamikaze Pops

Chocolate Martini Pudding Pops

Blackberry Campari Pops

Mojito pops with fresh mint

Blueberry Basil Martini Pops

Mimosa Pops

………..and more

Chapter 3 is all about the ice cream! They all seem really delicious, but I’m stuck on this one. I can’t make any of these because I don’t have an ice cream maker. Until I do, I’ll be dreaming about the delectable amazingness of:

Death by Double Chocolate Liqueur Ice Cream

Strawberry Daiquiri Ice Cream

Tipsy Barista

Kate’s Brown Sugar Bourbon Ice Cream

Bananas Foster Ice Cream

Mango Sunrise Ice Cream

……….and more

Chapters 4 and 5 are Gelato and Frozen Yogurt. All of the Gelato recipes need an ice cream maker, but there are a few frozen yogurt recipes that don’t. I NEED to seriously get an ice cream maker!

All the recipes are easy to understand. They are in a numerical order with the ingredients listed beside. The pictures are scattered throughout the book—so you may need to search for the picture before you make it..

All of the Frozen Cocktails only require a blender and your ingredients. Some of them are classics frozen just the RIGHT way, then there’s the unique names that make you just want to grab that blender and get to blending!

Frozen Zombie

Frozen Gin Fizz

Artic Scorpion Bowl

Raging Frozen Aztec

Frozen Cosmo

Black Raspberry & Chambord Frappe

Frozen Long Island Iced Tea

I can’t wait to give these a try! ALL of them. There are more than this in this book as well. I love that there are such a variety and combination of frozen desserts to try. No matter what you’re wanting to fix for that Grill Out, Girls Night in, Fourth of July, or whatever.. They have it!

I’m glad to say that all the mousse recipes, semifreddo recipes, granitas, sorbets and parfaits only require freezing after making. I’m all for mixing and freezing the night before or an hour before (depending on what you’re making(.—that way it makes it easy. I can’t wait to get to TESTING! YUM.

Are you having any celebrations or get togethers this summer? What are you planning to make—would you incorporate some of these amazing drinks into it?

Which one?

About the Author

Jessie Cross started her nationally recognized food blog The Hungry Mouse (thehungrymouse.com) in 2008. An avid home cook, her recipes and photography have been featured in O, The Oprah magazine, The Huffington Post, Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and Gothamist. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, she works as an ad agency creative type. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two dogs.

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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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