Christmas Slush Mocktail is a frozen mixture of cranberry juice, orange juice, and lemonade concentrate, served topped with cherry lemon-lime soda. It’s a festive drink for all ages that is perfect to serve at your Christmas party! I also have a Cranberry Vodka Slush for adults.
This Christmas slush recipe is a mocktail from The Food Charlatan that can be enjoyed by all ages. It’s served out of a large ice cream bucket and topped with cherry lemon-lime soda for a fizzy, icy beverage. Just set out the slush with an ice cream scoop, the soda, and some fun glasses for serving. Don’t forget to include some sugared cranberries and orange slices for garnish!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Cranberry Juice: Look for cranberry juice that is 100% juice. Cranberry cocktail, on the other hand, is different and has added sugars for extra sweetness. And, this slush is definitely sweet enough. However, you could still use the cranberry cocktail if that is all you have on hand.
Lemonade: Add 2 cans of lemonade frozen concentrate to the mix. You can opt for different flavors of frozen lemonade here.
Cherry Lemon-Lime Soda: I added cherry 7-Up™ to my drink. But, of course, you could add any lemon-lime soda to give the drink a little sparkle and fizz.
How to Serve Christmas Slush
There are a couple of options when it comes to serving this drink.
- Set out the large pail of slush with low-ball glasses (or your favorite decorative glasses), soda, and garnish. Then, the guests can help themselves. If possible, keep the slush mixture in a cooler of ice to keep it as slushy as possible.
- Serve it in a punch bowl with soda added to it. However, the slush will melt faster this way.
Can I Make This Ahead of Time?
Sure! The slush does need time to freeze (I prefer overnight). But, it can stay in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Alcohol Christmas Slush
It’s quite easy to add liquor to this drink. I recommend adding to each individual glass instead of the whole recipe. These are the most popular alcohol options:
- Sparkling wine
- 4 cups water
- 1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar
- 5 cups cranberry juice
- 3 cups orange juice
- 2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen lemonade concentrate
- 4 liters cherry lemon-lime soda, like Cherry 7-Up™
- fresh cranberries, for garnish
- orange slices, for garnish
- In a large pot over high heat, add water and sugar. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat. Add cranberry juice, orange juice, and lemonade concentrate. Stir until the lemonade concentrate has melted. You will have about 4 quarts of the mixture.
- Allow the mixture to cool completely. Once cool, pour into a large freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid. (I prefer an ice cream container.) Place in the freezer to freeze overnight.
- Use a fork to break up chunks of the slush mixture. Add about 1 cup of the mixture to a lowball glass.
- Top with cherry soda. Serve garnished with cranberries and orange slices.
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