Have You Heard of The Shush?

Well, let me introduce you  to them! The Shush is a boozy slushy!
If you want to beat the heat, these are the perfect way to wind down on a hot day. And with Labor Day coming up, this would be perfect! These are available off menu at El Original TX-MX in New York's Hell's Kitchen. They are a slushy mixed with a shandy. ( I had to look up what a shandy was. No shame. If you don't know, a shandy is beer mixed with a non-alcoholic drink, like lemonade. Now you know.)  The shush includes shandies from the maker Traveler Beer. And I get to share the recipes with you for the Grapefruit Shush and the Lemon Shush so you can  make these at home. They sound absolutely scrumptious! Each recipe makes 4 servings.

Lemon Shush
4 Servings

- Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy (1 bottle)
- 3 oz. of fresh lemon juice
- 3 oz house made honey syrup
- A dash of bitters

Honey syrup ingredients:
- 3-5 cubes of fresh pineapple 
- Lemon zest to taste
- 3 oz. of honey
- 54 oz. of crushed ice 

Homemade Honey Syrup Directions:
Muddle fresh pineapple then add lemon zest and honey. Bring to a boil on a stove and let it cool to room temperature.

Slush Directions:
Break down crushed ice as much as possible so the carbonation of the shandy won’t dilute the slushy.  Blend till smooth. Combine all ingredients, except shandy. Add the homemade honey syrup, water and lemon juice. While those are blending, add shandy base. 

Garnish with a dash of bitters and lemon wedge.

Grapefruit Shush
Serving size 4

- Traveler Grapefruit Shandy (1 bottle)
- 3 oz. of grapefruit juice 
- 1 oz. of lime juice 
- 2 oz. mint simple syrup
- 54 oz of crushed ice 

Mint simple syrup ingredients:
- 3-5 pulled mint leaves
-  2 parts water 
- 1 part sugar 

Mint simple syrup directions (makes 32 oz.):
Combine mint leaves with 2 parts water and 1 part sugar. Bring to a boil and then let it cool to room temperature.

Slushy directions:

Use crushed ice to be broken down as much as possible so the carbonation of the shandy won’t cause it to separate or dilute. Blend till smooth. Combine all ingredients (except shandy). Add the mint simple syrup, water and lemon juice. While those are blending, add Shandy. Garnish with a ruby red grapefruit wedge. 

Garnish with grapefruit wedge and mint sprig.


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