It is the time of year where all I want to eat is salads, fruit and all things cool and cold, because turning on an oven just doesn’t seem like a good idea in the heat!  Last year on the hottest day in the history of Seattle…two stick candles in our third floor apartment literally were melting from the heat.  One melted all the way over into the shape below…haha.  We have it in our house still to memorialize the day that it was 96 degrees in our house at 9:30 at night!

After that day, I decided to always have something cold and refreshing on hand for days when there is no air conditioning, no cool breeze, no pool to jump in, no relief from the heat except a cold delicious drink!

Lillian’s Slush is a recipe from Lillian Richey.  She was a sort of adopted Grandmother for me growing up and every time my family would go over to her house for dinner, she would have this Slush for us to enjoy.  It is a simple recipe, but absolutely delicious and incredibly refreshing!  It is now a traditional recipe for my family and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we have!  The taste takes me right back to those family dinners at the Richey’s and the wonderful memories of those times.


  • 3 Lemon’s Juiced
  • 3 Oranges Juiced
  • 3 Banana’s Mashed
  • 1 can Crushed Pineapple
  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 3 oz pkg lemon Jello
  • 6 Cups Water
  • Sprite or 7up to mix with the slush
  • optional Vodka or Rum to mix in for a delicious cocktail for the adults (shout out to my Cashmere friends Phil and Nick)

The first step is to Juice the Oranges and Lemons.  There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh squeezed citrus.

Now mash the bananas into the citrus juice.

Now you mix in the Can of Crushed Pineapple and Sugar and mix well so the sugar can dissolve.

In a Saucepan, mix 1 Cup of Boiling water into the Lemon Jello powder Gelatin.  Whisk until dissolved and then add in 5 Cups of Cold Water.

Now Pour this mixture into the fruit and sugar mixture and stir to combine.

Now you have your Slush Base and the only step left is to freeze it.  I like to freeze it in Ice Cube Trays as that makes it easy to divide into glasses or I will freeze it in plastic tupperware containers.  With those you simply pop the frozen Slush out onto a cutting board and cut into slices to put in your glasses.

When Serving, you put the Frozen Slush in a glass and then just pour Sprite or 7up over it and then mix into the most delicious drink EVER!  For a delicious cocktail, I then will pour a shot of Vodka or Malibu Rum in on top of the Sprite before I mix it up.  Actually, the mix in options are endless…just mix with whatever sounds good to you!  Sprite is the original and you should definitely give that a try as it is the BEST!