I met Alex on an unbearably humid night in August. The former attorney was smiling, leaning his head out the big blue truck that houses his latest endeavor- Kelvin Natural Slush Co. Kelvin Natural Slush Co., named for the Kelvin scale (thankfully my distaste for high school science didn't deter my curiosity), has been careening through the streets of Manhattan for the last two weeks offering "slush beverages" made with all natural ingredients.
A slush-goer can customize his/her beverage ($3.50, $4, $4.50 for a small, medium, or large, respectively) by picking one of three flavors as a "base slush" (on this particular night, ginger, iced tea, or citrus) and adding a "mix-in" (fruit or herb infused juices based on the season- my choices were guava, strawberry, raspberry, mango, apricot, peach, mixed berry, mint, or basil). For the adventurous ("go big or go home" was the phrase the woman in front of me used) an additional $2 gets an oversized scoop of ice cream- transforming a gourmet slush beverage into a gourmet float.
Perched above the sticky corner of Sixth Avenue and 21st Street, Alex counseled me as I chose an iced tea base, guava mix-in, and vanilla bean ice cream add-on. A slightly odd flavor combination- my "slush float" did not disappoint. The icy drink left such a lasting impression that I went back for round two the following night...but the Kelvin Natural Slush Co. truck was nowhere to be found (my one issue with mobile food trucks- mobility when you're looking for stability). The truck's location can be found via twitter (something that I refuse to sign up for) or by calling 646.200.5083.
Alex in his Kelvin Natural Slush Co. truck (pic courtesy of Cool Hunting)
A Kelvin Natural Slush Co. "slush float" with iced tea base, guava mix-in and vanilla bean ice cream