During the previous heat wave, I had run out of my soft drink of choice, and either it was too late or hot or I was too lazy to go to Bridgehead for my favourite slush-based drink. It occurred to me that I had purple stuff mix of a certain vintage, allowing me to make the next best thing.
Here's what you need:
- Drink Mix (can be Gatorade powder or sugary drink mix or try out something else--on a per-drink basis the stuff is dirt cheap)
- Mason Jar, or County Fair Drinking Jar (with screw top)--I've seen them at Canadian Tire
- straw (at least 0.5cm diameter; not pictured)
Add the Purple Stuff mix (2 heaping tablespoons tingles my sweet tooth just right, though you might want less)
Add water to the shoulder of the jar. Again, this is a bit too low. You might want to put the water in first to make sure the mix doesn't stick to the bottom.
Unscrew the bottom of the blender jug and reattach it to the jar. This makes for one less thing to have to clean afterwards. Don't tighten it too much! If you do, it is a bitch to unscrew it. The rubber seal works well.
Put the jar with the blender attachment on the blender. Yes, it feels weird turning a container full of drink upside down. Get over it.
Once again, this doesn't have nearly enough inside to blend properly. Here's one I did during the last heat wave that blended much better:
I had to add more water to this one, which made for a poor ice-to-water ratio. This shouldn't have layers like this; it should be more homogeneous.
Either way, it's an iced drink, and if you used Gatorade powder, it has electrolytes too. Pop a straw in and drink! Drink it without a straw at your own risk!
So there you go. It's easy, cheap, and fast.
Unless, I guess, you don't have a blender or a compatible jar or glass. In that case, you'll probably have to buy air conditioning, which is probably not easy, cheap, or fast.