Brandy Slush is a citrusy slush cocktail that can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer until serving. Perfect for summer!
There's no better way to cool down on a hot summer day than with a frozen, slushy drink. And if that slushy drink is made with citrus, sweet tea, and brandy, all the better!
So clear some space in your freezer, and get ready to make a batch of this Brandy Slush!
How do you make Brandy Slush?
Making brandy slush is a two-step process:
First, you steep the tea, mix all the ingredients together and make sure all the sugar is dissolved. Then you freeze the mixture for a few hours or overnight.
Once the mixture is completely frozen, you scoop or scrape it all into a blender, and blend it until it reaches a slushy consistency. Now your brandy slush is ready to serve. Simply scoop it into a short glass, top with sparkling water or lemon-lime soda, and garnish with fruit.
You will have lots of leftover slush, so store it in the freezer so it's always ready to go!
Brandy Slush Ingredients:
- Boiling water - used to steep the tea and dissolve the sugar
- Black tea bags - any kind you like will work, but I always use English Breakfast
- Granulated sugar - used to sweeten the cocktail and help prevent over-freezing
- Lemon juice - bottled lemon juice works fine here, but if you have lots of lemons you want to juice, that works too
- Frozen concentrated orange juice - the kind that comes in cans in the freezer section of the grocery store
- Brandy - I've only made this with regular, unflavored brandy like Korbel
- Chilled sparkling water, club soda, or lemon-lime soda - I like my drinks less sweet, so I use plain or citrus flavored sparkling water, depending on what I have. It's also commonly served with Sprite or 7-Up.
- Orange and/or lemon slices - to garnish
- Maraschino cherries - to garnish
This slush is perfect for summer gatherings because it can easily be prepared ahead of time. That way the slush is ready to pull out of the freezer and serve when your guests arrive. Also, this recipe is large, and serves approximately 8 drinks.
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Brandy Slush Nutrition Notes:
The nutrition information provided in the recipe below uses sparkling water to make the cocktail, and does not include any garnishes. Using lemon-lime soda instead of sparkling water will increase the calorie and sugar content of your cocktail, unless it is diet, in which case it will not change significantly.
- Steep the tea bags in 4 cups of boiling water for 10 minutes.
- Dissolve the sugar with the remaining 1 cup water in a 9X13" baking dish or other oblong baking dish or casserole dish (see note). Stir in the lemon juice and orange juice concentrate. Add the tea and brandy and stir until everything is dissolved and well mixed.
- Cover the dish with plastic or a lid and place in the freezer. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Scrape the mixture out of the dish with a fork (it will be flaky and resemble a granita). Transfer to a blender (see note). Blend until the mixture is slushie, stopping the blender to stir/scrape down the sides as needed.
- Scoop about ½ to ¾ cup of the mixture into a short glass. Top with chilled sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. Garnish with maraschino cherries, a spoonful of maraschino cherry juice, and/or lemon and/or orange slices as desired.
- Store any remaining slush in an airtight container in the freezer. It will remain at a scoopable consistency for future cocktails.