Nothing could be prettier or more festive than this delicious Sparkling Christmas Slush Drink! It is a super impressive drink to serve for dinner parties, holiday parties, bridal showers, or anything else you can dream up!
and 1/2 cups sugar
cups 100% cranberry juice*
(12 ounce) cans frozen lemonade
cups orange juice
quarter of a lemon or orange, optional
colored sugar, optional
(2 liter) bottles Cherry 7Up
fresh cranberries, to garnish
orange slices, to garnish
In a large pot, combine 4 cups water with the sugar. Heat over high heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved completely.
Remove from heat and add the cranberry juice, frozen lemonade (don't make it into juice, just add it frozen), and the orange juice.
Cover and freeze until solid, at least 3 hours or up to 1 week.
Meanwhile, sugar the rims of the glasses. Pour colored sugar into a small bowl or a plate. (Any color would be fun, but I love to do red sugar. Plain white sugar would be pretty, or yellow. Green would be festive for Christmas!)
Rub the rim of the glasses with the lemon slice. Dip the glass into the sugar, then set aside to let dry. It's great if you can do this an hour or so before serving, but it's not necessary. You can even do it the night before your party to save time.
When ready to serve, use a fork to break up chunks of the slush and add to each glass.
Pour Cherry 7Up in each glass.
Garnish with fresh cranberries and an orange slice, if desired.
by The Food Charlatan
*If all you can find is a cranberry juice cocktail, that will work just fine.
If you do 8-ounce cups, you will get about 24 servings. You could fill the glasses more and add more 7Up to each glass and get more like 16 servings. It's kind of a flexible recipe. Turns out that adding sugary soda to sugary slush in ANY ratio is delicious.
The drinks have to be assembled last minute. If you want to, you can add the remaining slush and 7Up to a punch bowl set inside a large bowl of ice and let people serve themselves, but the slush melts faster this way.