Easy to Make Homemade Slushies {with Just Kool-Aid and Water}

If you've ever wondered how to make homemade slushies, you've come to the right place.

This easy homemade slushie recipe is perfect for a hot summer day and from start to finish is ready in under 5 minutes.

Red cherry homemade slushie in a clear glass with a red and white paper straw and a homemade blueberry slushie in the backgroun

This recipe is so easy and once you make your first slushy you'll want to make them in all the different flavors of Kool Aid you can find.

This particular Kool Aid Slushie recipe is made with only 2 ingredients plus water and ice (no soda).

We'll start with the basic recipe and then I'll provide options for making a homemade slushie with soda as well.

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Why I Developed This Recipe

My oldest son always wants slushies....always......it can be the middle of the winter and if we pass a Sheetz....he wants a slushie....

The other day....he wanted a slushie....I figured they couldn't be too hard to make so I gave it a whirl and lo and behold....slushie success and I did it without a special slushie machine using only my blender.

If you would prefer using a Slushie Maker, while I've never tried one myself, this particular slushie maker got good reviews on Amazon and seems pretty simple to use.

Homemade Slushie Recipe Package of Kool-Aid Unsweetened Soft Drink Mix - Strawberry Caffeine Free

I used a package of powdered drink mix from Aldi but you can also use Kool Aid or any other packaged drink mix you would like. Kool Aid has a wider variety of flavor options available.

Homemade cherry slushie in blender being slushed

More Easy and Delicious Summer Drinks to Try:

Fun and Flavorful Variations:

  • Watermelon Slushie: Use Watermelon Kool Aid or other watermelon-flavored drink mix powder. Garnish with a fresh watermelon wedge if desired and a splash of watermelon water if the slushie is quite thick.
  • Lemonade Slushie: Use Lemonade flavored powdered drink mix and follow the directions below. Garnish with fresh fruit!
  • Strawberry Slushie: Use strawberry Kool Aid and follow the directions below.
  • Soda Slushie: Substitute chilled Club Soda for the water in the recipe below.
  • Layered Slushie: Choose 2, 3, or more different flavors and colors of Kool Aid. One for each layer. Following the directions below, make one layer at a time putting in glasses or cups. Place glasses in freezer between making each layer. Make second layer and place on top of the first and continue until you have the end result you desire!
Homemade Slushie reci- 3 layered in a clear plastic cup with straw - front view
  • "Invisible" Slushie: Kool Aid has an "invisible" Kool-Aid (flavors vary). It would be fun to use this as the middle layer in a patriotic 4th of July slushie with a red layer below and a white layer above similar to this Red, White, and Blue Drink.

Frequently Bought Together

Overhead view of Homemade Cherry Slushies in a clear glass on a yellow countertop.

🥤 Ingredients for Homemade Slushies

  • package of unsweetened drink mix
  • granulated sugar
  • water
  • ice


This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions for making Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup are in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Overhead view of cherry homemade slushies in an Oster Blender

Whirl the above ingredients in a blender until well mixed. Add ice cubes {I used 2 trays which is approximately 3 cups}. Choose the ice crushing mode and pulsate a few times until the slushie is the consistency you desire.

And that's it! Your slushie is all ready. The above recipe will yield approximately 3 generous servings.

💭 Top Tips

A good blender or Slushie maker is super helpful with this recipe. When I originally shared this post I used my Oster blender but when it no longer worked, I got a Ninja and haven't looked back. It works like a beast and we use it to make milkshakes (like this awesome freak shake) and protein drinks often.

If you love this recipe please give it a 5 star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

📖 Recipe

How to Make Homemade Slushies

Quench your thirst with our easy homemade slushies recipe! Perfect for beating the heat, these colorful icy treats are a summer must-try. Get your brain freeze on today!
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Front view of clear glasses filled with homemade slushies - one glass filled with a cherry slushie and one filled with a homemade blueberry slushie
Prep Time:1 minute
Cook Time:1 minute
Total Time:2 minutes


  • 1 package of unsweetened drink mix 0.13 ounces
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 cups of ice


  • Whirl the above ingredients in a blender until well mixed.
  • Add ice cubes {I used 2 trays which is approximately 3 cups}. Choose the ice crushing mode and pulsate a few times until the slushie is the consistency you desire.
  • And that's it! Your homemade slushie is all ready.

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Sodium: 9mg | Sugar: 50g
Servings: 3
Calories: 194kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $1.00
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