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Brandy Slush

Brandy slush is a Wisconsin favorite during the holiday season. This delicious brandy cocktail is infused with flavors of citrus and tea, and it’s perfect for making in advance for parties.

closeup of brandy slush

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Wisconsin brandy slush

This recipe is just another example of how much we love our brandy in Wisconsin. If you’ve never head of it, brandy slush is a sweet, frozen cocktail that you scoop into a glass and top with soda.

You can make it well in advance, which is great for around the holidays, and it’s traditionally stored in an old ice cream container. We are in America’s dairyland after all, even if we can’t have traditional ice cream in our house.

I thought about buying a pail just for photos, but I subbed a large glass bowl with a lid in it’s place because I didn’t want to be wasteful.

brandy slush in a glass garnished with cranberries, orange and rosemary

Here’s what you’ll need to make

Ingredients

  • Brandy
  • Tea bags
  • Sugar
  • Orange juice concentrate
  • Lemonade concentrate
  • Club soda or lemon lime soda
brandy slush in a large container with an ice cream scoop

How to make brandy slush

Make the sweet tea syrup. Heat 2 cups water with 1 cup of sugar oven medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add tea bags and allow syrup to steep until cool.

Mix the slush. Once the tea has cooled, discard tea bags and mix the syrup with the rest of the ingredients in a large freezer friendly container with a lid.

Freeze overnight for best results, or at least 4 hours. The high sugar and alcohol content keep the slush from fully freezing, but you should seem fairly solid and you’ll get some pretty crystals when it’s ready.

To serve: place a scoop or two in a cocktail glass and top with seltzer or soda. Garnish with an orange slice and serve immediately.

adding club soda to a glass of an orange slush cocktail

Everything you need to know about brandy slush

How long does Brandy slush take to freeze?

You’ll want to freeze your brandy slush for at least 4 hours, but I’d recommend freezing it overnight for best results.

Can I use a different juice in my Brandy slush?

If you want your brandy slush to taste like the traditional cocktail, I wouldn’t swap out the juice, but if you’re looking to change things up, feel free to experiment with other frozen juice concentrates.

What is the best brandy to use for this cocktail?

I always recommend buying the the highest quality liquor you can afford, but since we’re adding so much to this recipe, you really don’t need to use anything fancy. We usually use a bottle that’s about $10-15/liter.

overhead of frozen slush cocktail garnished with fruit and rosemary

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Brandy Slush

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 servings 1x
  • Category: Brandy
  • Method: Freezing

Description

Brandy slush is a Wisconsin favorite during the holiday season. This delicious brandy cocktail is infused with flavors of citrus and tea, and it’s perfect for making in advance for parties. Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary for a festive look.


Ingredients

Units Scale

For the sweet tea syrup:

  • 4 tea bags*
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

For the brandy slush:

  • 1 12ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 12ounce container frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 cups brandy
  • 6 cups water

For serving

  • Club soda, seltzer water, or lemon lime soda
  • Orange slices

Instructions

  1. Heat a large saucepan to medium-high. Add 2 cups water and sugar and heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring as needed. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Steep until cooled and discard tea bags.
  2. Add tea syrup to a large freezer friendly container with remaining ingredients. Stir and cover with a an airtight lid.
  3. Freeze overnight, or for a minimum of 6 hours.
  4. To serve, scoop slush into glasses and top with seltzer or soda. Garnish with an orange slice.

Notes

*Traditionally this recipe is made with green or black tea, but I used a vanilla rooibos and it added the most amazing flavor to the drink. Feel free to use what you have on hand, but you’ll want to use a real tea, not an herbal or infusion.

Keywords: brandy slush cocktail, brandy cocktail, slush cocktail, frozen cocktail

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