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Alcoholic Slush - A Drink For Adults

Don't be fooled... this drink is for adults only!

This drink was always something my mom made for the holidays.

This drink was always something my mom made for the holidays.

A Family Tradition

When I was younger, I remember a lot of different things my family did around the holiday times. With Christmas just around the corner, one of the traditions I remember is my mom making an alcoholic Slush beverage for the adults.

When I was younger, our family used to do something called house hopping. We would visit all our relatives, see their tree and decorations for the holiday and open presents. We would travel from house to house and each house would have gifts under the tree for everybody and snacks to fill our tummies. It was a full day, and while it was exhausting, I remember this tradition and always think fondly back to it.

However, as the families grew and some moved further away, the idea of house hopping became to difficult. Yet, there are some traditions that stayed with us. One of them was my mom's Slush Beverage. Each year for Christmas this was always on the drink menu!

Keeping with the tradition

When I got married, my cousin made me a cookbook for a wedding gift. In this cookbook was a collection of recipes, most of which were made by members of our family. I was super excited that the Slush Recipe was in there and I couldn't wait to continue with the tradition by making it at my house as well.

When I was younger, I always thought it was just my mom that made this. However, later I realized not only did my mom make this beverage, but so did all my aunts and my grandma. While I think this is a great drink, I will admit, it was mostly women that filled their cups up with this. The men stuck to something more "manly," like beer.

I have made this a few times, particularly because members of my husband's family have never tried this. Although I will also admit I have strayed from the traditional times of just having this for Christmas. I have made it for other large gatherings where alcohol is served as well.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

24 hours

24 hours

Varies on how much slush is used per glass

I always find it beneficial to get your ingredients out. This way you are ready to go and know if you need to run to the store for anything missing.

I always find it beneficial to get your ingredients out. This way you are ready to go and know if you need to run to the store for anything missing.


  • 9 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 bags green tea bags
  • 12 ounce can frozen lemonade, softened
  • 12 ounce can frozen orange juice, softened
  • 2 cups Whiskey, Brandy, or Vodka, (liquor of choice)
  • ice cream pail
  • 2 bottles 2 liter 7-up or Sprite


  1. Set out your ingredients to make sure you have everything. This will also allow the frozen lemonade and frozen orange juice to defrost some, making it easier to work with.
  2. Boil 2 cups of water with the tea bags. I let it boil for a few minutes before removing it from heat and letting it cool. Set aside.
  3. Mix the remaining 7 cups of water with the 2 cups of sugar. Bring to a boil. Let cool.
  4. Once the water is cool, remove the tea bags.
  5. Mix all the ingredients together in a plastic ice cream pail and freeze.
  6. After 24 hours, stir ingredients to make slushy.
  7. To make the Drink: Add slush to the glass until it is about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. Top off by mixing with 7-up or Sprite.
  8. Add a straw and enjoy!

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A versatile drink recipe for adults to enjoy

This is a very versatile recipe. The last time I made it, I used Brandy. In the past I have made it with both Whiskey and Rum. This is great for those who prefer one type of alcohol over another type.

One ice cream pail will make several servings, but it depends on how you mix it. For the last party I threw, the pail was almost gone by the end. When I was younger, it seemed like it went much further, but after talking to my mom, I realized she actually made a couple of different flavors for the holidays.

For my family, this drink has become a bit of a tradition. However, remember there is alcohol in this and therefore you must drink responsibly. This is not intended for children. And as always, if you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver. Keep the holidays safe and drink responsibly.

How would your rate this drink?


About the Author

Barbergirl28 is a wife of 12 years and a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful girls and one handsome little boy. After high school, she joined the Army to become a photojournalist. To this day, she continues to have a passion for writing and photography. After leaving the military, she obtained a license in Cosmetology and also studied Massage Therapy. Her passions include writing, photography, cooking, crafts, health, and fitness. Currently, she is working on a book and freelancing at Hubpages.

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Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on March 21, 2013:

@sweetie1 - I am sure your guests will love it! :)

sweetie1 from India on March 21, 2013:

Barber girl, since i do not drink alcohol in any form at all so I can not try this but it looks good as a drink for the party. I might try it out next time my bf throws a party. voted up and interesting.

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on March 21, 2013:

@AudreyHowitt - It definitely makes for a refreshing start to the weekend. I actually got the name barbergirl because I used to work as a barber. I trained in cosmetology and could do all kinds of hair, but I specialized in men's clipper cuts and preferred them over doing woman's hair because it was faster paced.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 08, 2013:

It is Friday--and a maagarita slush is coming my way! So how did you get the name--barbergirl anyway?

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on February 21, 2013:

@DDE - This is one of my favorite holiday traditions. Hope you enjoy it!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 05, 2013:

Interesting idea sounds a good drink and a different kind for me thanks

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on January 09, 2013:

@stellakeira - Glad you like it... I think it is pretty amazing as well! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on January 09, 2013:

@idigwebsites - This drink is delicious... hope you enjoy it! :)

Stella Keira from Calforina on December 30, 2012:

Its an delicious drink... i must try it at home when my friends come .... i think its amazing drink.....

idigwebsites from United States on December 21, 2012:

Wow, might try this for the holidays... and all year round! Thanks for sharing. :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on December 14, 2012:

@Brett.Tesol - Oh... I definitily have visions of drinking this on the beach now. What a great suggestion to keep cool and hydrated! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on December 14, 2012:

@TToombs08 - I am always looking for something to drown my day away in... and i love the creative alcoholic drinks... did you see my chocolate martini? LOL Come on over... we will have one or two or ten!

Brett C from Asia on December 13, 2012:

Would be great in the summer, served in a bucket on the beach lol.

Sure a few of my followers will try this one.

Shared, up, useful, pinned and tweeted.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on December 12, 2012:

Yet another reason to come and visit you! :) Great recipe. Voted up and shared here and there. :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on November 28, 2012:

@Anil and Honey - It is definitely not a drink for everybody. Glad you enjoyed my writing style though. :)

Anil from Kerala on November 24, 2012:

I wouldn't dink it. Ok I will try for preparing it.You are a nice writer your language and narration is nice , simple English thanks

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on November 01, 2012:

@shin_rocka04 - Green Tea and Scotch... never heard of that either. Might have to give that a try! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on November 01, 2012:

@Peggy W - I loved this time of year and mainly it was because of all the house hopping we did. What can I say.. our family was a ton of fun. Loved spending time them!

shin_rocka04 from Maryland on November 01, 2012:

I've heard of Green Tea and Scotch but never something like this. Sounds interesting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 30, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

Nice to have family traditions to pass on down the line. Your house hopping sounds like it would have been entertaining...kind of like a progressive dinner party but with Christmas trees and gifts. Nice! This slush recipe sounds interesting and I am sure for large parties it would be a hit especially with the different choices of liquor. Sounds like your family had a lot of fun!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on October 30, 2012:

@drbj - I am glad you are enjoying your drink and mostly that you are acting responsible while enjoying yourself... love your comments! :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on October 29, 2012:

@NMLady - Hope you enjoy it... and thanks for letting me know about the typo. :)

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on October 29, 2012:

@Janine Huldie - It's hard to imagine that the holidays are so close. Don't worry, at least you know longer have to stress about the drink. I got that covered for you... well the recipe anyway! :)

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 26, 2012:

What a great idea, Stacy, I am sipping a slushy drink with brandy as I type. This is very refreshing and jusht what a typisht needs to shtay alert. And I promish not to drive jusht now.

Thanksh for thish recceipee, er ... reshipe ... er, inshtrucshions.

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on October 26, 2012:

@carol7777 - Depending on the type of alcohol you use will surely depend on how strong it is. The last time I used brandy and I am not used to drinking brandy. I try to limit myself to no more than 2 at most. It can be very strong!

Stacy Harris (author) from Hemet, Ca on October 26, 2012:

@Just Ask Susan - Truth be told it isn't a bad thing to just have a bucket in your freezer. It's refreshing drink to have on hand after one of those really really long days! ;)

NMLady from New Mexico & Arizona on October 26, 2012:

sounds great. Will do for our next patio party. (ummm, typo in headline)

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on October 26, 2012:

Sounds awesome even though I truly don't want to think of Christmas just yet. However I am pinning to try closer to the holiday and thanks for sharing!! Have also voted up and shared, too :)

carol stanley from Arizona on October 26, 2012:

Sounds like Long Island Ice Tea..sort of...I love slushy drinks..But you have to remember to drink slowly or else...Thanks for sharing and voting up.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 26, 2012:

I'm not waiting for Christmas to try this, I'll make this up this weekend!

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