Cranberry Vodka Slush is cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda, and vodka, frozen into a slush mixture, and served topped with more lemon-lime soda. It’s the perfect Christmas and New Year’s Eve drink to serve at all of your parties! Add my Christmas Punch to your list of alcoholic drinks, too!

Glasses of Cranberry slush with Sugared Cranberries.
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Cranberry Vodka Slush

This adult beverage is a holiday drink, but would also be delicious in the summertime, so don’t forget about it. It’s a festive and refreshing drink to serve with a lovely red color from the cranberries. Plus, the lemon-lime soda gives it some carbonation for a few bubbles. Serve it in a large punch bowl with some sugared cranberries on the side and let your guests help themselves! Cheers!

Ince Cream Scoop Scooping up Slush form Container of Cranberry Slush.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Cranberry Juice: With cranberries being a huge part of the holidays, why not add a Christmas slush recipe to your list of holiday items?

Lemon-Lime Soda: Use your favorite lemon-lime soda, like Sprite or 7-up. If you don’t have any on hand, make your own soda to use! Or, try this with a different soda like Ginger Ale.

Alcohol: This is definitely a spiked (adult) drink with added vodka to the mix. You can use your favorite brand of vodka. Of course, you could leave that out entirely or substitute it with a non-alcoholic vodka to make this a Christmas Mocktail Recipe.

Adding Sprite to Glass of Cranberry Slush

Does Vodka Freeze?

No, vodka does not freeze, but this recipe will still give you the frozen slush you are hoping for, even with the added vodka. Although pure vodka will not freeze on its own, the ratio of vodka to cranberry juice and soda is just right to pop in the freezer and turn to slush. If you add too much vodka, that could affect the freezing.

Can I Make This Ahead of Time?

Yes! In fact, for the mixture to turn into slush, I recommend giving it plenty of time to be in the freezer, but at least 8 hours before serving.

Glass of Cranberry Slush with Sugared Cranberries.

How to Store Cranberry Vodka Slush

Cranberry Vodka Slush can be stored in the freezer for up to a few months.

Glasses of Cranberry slush with Sugared Cranberries.
5 from 2 votes

Cranberry Vodka Slush

Prep Time 5 minutes
Freezing Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Cranberry Vodka Slush is cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda, and vodka, frozen into a slush mixture, and served topped with more lemon-lime soda.


  • 4 cups (1,012 g / 1.012 kg) cranberry juice
  • 2 bottles (16.9 ounces each) lemon-lime soda, we used Sprite (about 4 cups total)
  • 2 cups (445 g) vodka

To serve

  • 1 cup slush mixture
  • lemon-lime soda, for topping


  • In a large freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid, add cranberry juice, soda, and vodka. Cover with the lid and freeze overnight. (I highly recommend an old, clean, plastic ice cream container or a rectangle/square container.) Be sure to label the container and note it is alcohol.

To serve

  • Add about 1 cup of slush to a lowball glass.
  • Top the glass off with lemon-lime soda (about ¼ cup). Stir and enjoy!

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Reader Comments

  1. I enjoy reading and sometimes trying out your yummy recipes, Amanda. Every time I click onto your site, your beautiful, smiling face gives me a lift. So pretty. I wish you a healthy, happy Merry Christmas. God Bless you and yours.

  2. This sounds beyond delicious! I love a tart, slushie drink! I will be sure to use pure cranberry juice and not cranberry cocktail juice. That would make it too sweet! Can’t wait for Christmas Eve, to serve this. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

    We used to mix up a drink with just cranberry juice and vodka and called it :Rangoon Ruby! LOL

  3. Love the story! Do you used cranberry juice cocktail or unsweetened cranberry juice? Thank you! Love your recipes!

          1. You make it, that is what this is a recipe for. Just look at the recipe card, see the ingredients, read the instructions, prepare, and then you have a slush mixture.

    1. Hi Diane – are you asking what slush is? It is described in the post and recipe card. It’s a drink.

  4. I made exactly as recipe states! I do not have “scoopable” slush…… I have a “solid” block of ice! Was going to give as a gift! What do I do? Have made Brandy Slush in the past and it was never solid. Thank you!

      1. Just give it a few minutes on the counter. Scrape some out (or scoop) and add the liquid. It will be great.

  5. If I don’t want to do the “slush” style, could I just use the same ingredients and serve over chipped ice ?

  6. I made this for our family’s Christmas celebration for this weekend. This is the perfect slush recipe! I did use Diet Cranberry Juice, Sprite Zero (both my dad and I are diabetics, and my sister likes to watch her sugars anyway), and whatever Vodka I had in the cabinet. I sampled it today, and it is perfect! I am so pleased and excited to have a lower-sugar option for a cocktail!. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us!

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