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.

Glass of Christmas Slush with an Orange Garnish and Sugared Cranberries.

Christmas Slush

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!

Bucket of Christmas Slush with Some Scooped Out.

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.

Pouring Cherry Soda into a Christmas Slush Mocktail.

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.

Pouring Cherry Soda into a Christmas Slush Mocktail.

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:

  • Prosecco
  • Sparkling wine
  • Champagne
  • Brandy
  • Vodka
  • Tequila
Bucket of Christmas Slush with Some Scooped Out.
5 from 3 votes

Christmas Slush

Prep Time 10 minutes
Freezing Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Christmas Slush is a frozen mixture of cranberry juice, orange juice, and lemonade concentrate, served topped with cherry lemon-lime soda.


Slush Mixture

  • 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

To Serve

  • 4 liters cherry lemon-lime soda, like Cherry 7-Up™
  • fresh cranberries, for garnish
  • orange slices, for garnish


Slush Mixture

  • 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.

To Serve

  • 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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Reader Comments

  1. I would reduce cranberry and orange juice by half cup each and replace with 1 cup vodka. Sounds good

  2. Made this for our church group Christmas party. Everyone loved it! I liked that it was easy to make and the ingredients were easy to find. It is quite similar to a Christmas punch we made when I was a kid, only the punch wasn’t a slush and we put raspberry sherbet in it. Leftover punch went right back into the freezer to enjoy another day. I think I found anew Christmas tradition!

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