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I am so looking forward to a bit of relaxing during Christmas and New Years. Christmas Eve is going to be spent with my husband's family and this year my sister-in-law decided it was going to be a themed evening - with pjs! When she suggested the idea, I was all for it! A night of relaxing, gift giving, and good food in my Christmas themed pjs? Absolutely! The only thing left to add is a cocktail in my hand. A glass of wine can be nice, but the holidays are special and deserve a special cocktail.
Christmastime + cocktails = brandy slush!
For as far back as I can remember, my mom had been making brandy slush in big ice cream containers for holidays parties. Of course as I kid I never had any, but I did fill my glass with Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP®.
If you have never made brandy slush before, here is a great recipe from my mom. The trick to this drink is having both Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® on hand for the mixer. The Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® give the brandy slush a unique taste making it either citrus flavored or ginger flavored.
Brandy Slush Holiday Drink Recipe
- 2 cups brandy
- 7 cups cold water
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 tea bags steeped in 2 cups water
- 12 oz can of frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
- 6 oz of lemonade frozen concentrate (thawed)
- 6 oz of lime frozen concentrate (thawed)
- 2-liter bottle each of Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP®.
Step #1 Steep 4 tea bags in 2 cups of hot water.
Step #2 Mix together brandy, 7 cups cold water, and sugar in a stockpot and bring to a boil. Once it boils, turn off the heat.
Step #3 Remove tea bags and pour tea into brandy and sugar mixture in stockpot.
Step #4 Add orange juice, lemonade, and lime concentrate to stockpot and mix well.
Step #5 Once it's slightly cooled, use a glass measuring cup to pour mixture into a gallon ice cream container or divide into smaller freezer safe containers.
Step #6 Freeze for at least 24 hours.
I divided mine into three 5-cup containers so I can use for different parties. Try to keep the brandy slush frozen up until you plan on using it. There is no need to thaw it out since this is a slush anyways.
Walmart carries most varieties of both Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® in cans and bottles. Instead of using the classic 7UP® you could try this brandy slush topped with Cherry 7UP® - that sounds real good too!
Are you ready to relax this holiday? Go ahead and try this budget friendly Brandy Slush Holiday Drink Recipe with Canada Dry Ginger Ale® and 7UP® and chances are, while you are sipping your drink on Christmas Eve, I will be too - in my Christmas pjs! Cheers!