Frozen Drinks 101, Part 5!


By Shawn Robare

So let’s bust through some more Frozen Drink goodness on this the most stress-less day of the week. Today I’m going to take a look at the Sonic Slush from the 50’s styled fast food chain. We first got Sonics a couple few years ago after the boom of another 50’s styled chain of fast food places, Checkers. Whereas Checkers has the corner on the market of seriously cheap burgers and hot dogs (almost in a scary way), Sonic has a different approach, a seriously cheap and amazingly diverse drink selection.

Though they are known for their various Lime-Aids, it’s their slushes that I was interested in since I’m a frozen drink fanatic. What stuck me first is their selection. You can get a slush in like a gazillion flavors including cherry, orange, grape, green apple, watermelon, blue coconut (called Ocean Water for some weird reason), apple juice, cranberry juice, fresh lime, fresh strawberry, fresh lemon, and fresh lemon-strawberry. I’ve also heard rumors of a fabled vanilla slush. Well it’s not really fabled; I mean they offer vanilla as an add-in, in any drink though I’m not sure which base flavor other than coconut it would go good with.

Now being a slush it’s definitely in the Slush Puppie camp of frozen drinks and no where near a Slurpee or Icee, and even though I’m not a huge fan of the Slush Puppie, I am of the Sonic Slush. The reason is that where the Slush Puppie has huge ice crystals that are easy to suck the syrup off of, the Sonic slush has smaller ice crystals and therefore it stays more in solution. You can pretty much enjoy a good three quarters of the drink without it turning into a giant useless lump of ice.

Also, all the flavors are good. Seriously. This is an oddity in the frozen drink world. The cherry tastes like cherry candy not cough syrup. The orange is sufficiently orange-y without being too tart (think basic orange drink not soda.) The fresh slushes are awesome being made with real fruit as opposed to a chemically derived syrup, so the lemon is like homemade lemonade and the strawberries are awesomely strawberry-y and not just a bubble gum derivative.

Now being the option laden chain that they are, Sonic just compounds the possibilities by adding soft serve vanilla ice cream as yet another flavor option in the form of the Cream Slush. Basically you take any slush you love and have soft serve blended in to make a creamy dreamy concoction that is unmatched in the world of frozen beverages. It’s not like a milkshake or any of the various “Orange Cream�? flavored drinks out there. It’s like a cream-sicle (you know the pop-sicle with the vanilla ice cream in the middle) whipped into a drinkable drink. For however bad my grammar is, don’t let that get in the way of knowing just how good these things are.

Here are the previous entries in Frozen Drinks 101:

The Slush Puppie

The Burger King Frozen Coke

The Quik Trip Freezoni

The Race Trac Frozen Drink

  • Shawn Robare

    Pfffft – Well, if you want to get technical, the Hulk is actually from the 60s. Sure, the interpretation of the character that I love and chose to use for some of my iconography is from the late 70s (first movie in 77, and series in 78), but it ran through 1982 and was a big part of my childhood. I get that you’re being snarky, but this sort of timeframe complaint tends to raise my hackles a bit. Every decade effects the next greatly, and honestly, most decades are really in two parts. The first five years tends to have a lot more in common with the last five of the previous decade, and so on. Would you say Star Wars wasn’t a part of the 80s because the first flick debuted in 77?

  • Pffft

    Why have you got the hulk on this site when it’s called “branded in the 80s” ? The Hulk is 70s

  • HooveR

    Sonic Orange CreamSlushes are very frickin’ amazing for sure!!

  • Erica

    I miss the sour slush at Sonic. Those were the best! I would usually get cherry. One time i got green apple. Too bad they don’t have them anymore. I can drink the whole thing (it takes plenty of stirring and paying attention to your liquid/ice ratio) but my husband can only get through half of a sonic slush before it turns into ice that you can’t drink.