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.
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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.
Here’s what you’ll need to make
- Tea bags
- Orange juice concentrate
- Lemonade concentrate
- Club soda or lemon lime soda
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.
Everything you need to know about brandy slush
You’ll want to freeze your brandy slush for at least 4 hours, but I’d recommend freezing it overnight for best results.
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.
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.
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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.
For the sweet tea syrup:
- 4 tea bags*
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
For the brandy slush:
- 1 12–ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 1 12–ounce container frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 2 cups brandy
- 6 cups water
- Club soda, seltzer water, or lemon lime soda
- Orange slices
- 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.
- Add tea syrup to a large freezer friendly container with remaining ingredients. Stir and cover with a an airtight lid.
- Freeze overnight, or for a minimum of 6 hours.
- To serve, scoop slush into glasses and top with seltzer or soda. Garnish with an orange slice.
*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.
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