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Sparkling Christmas Slush Drink

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Freeze Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 245kcal
Author: Karen


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 cups 100% cranberry juice*
  • 2 (24-oz) cans frozen lemonade
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 lemon or orange optional
  • colored sugar optional
  • 6 liters Cherry 7Up Three 2 liter bottles
  • 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.
  • Stir until the lemonade is dissolved.
  • Pour the juice into two 9x13 inch casserole dishes or cake pans. Or any wide shallow dish will do.
  • 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.


 *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. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg