Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Brandy Slush

Delicious brandy slush mixed with ginger ale and fresh cranberries....a beautiful, bubbly, and festive holiday beverage!

Happy Monday-after-Thanksgiving! Have you recovered yet?? Just as I suspected, our Thanksgiving week was busier than ever! And no, we have not fully recovered. We did get our fall decor taken down and our Christmas decor up (hooray!) and we did clean our fridge out of some of the leftovers from the week. But....somehow, in the midst of the holiday week, Ellia caught a little flu bug and has been down for the count ever since! Poor girl. The good news? She did still have LOTS of fun with her cousins who were here visiting.

They are the same cousins we spent some time with this past summer, when we went to see them in Michigan. To be fair, they are second cousins....and to be clear, they have only met one another a handful of times in their lives! But none of that has ever seemed to matter! From the first time they met a few years ago, their bond has been strong, and has grown quickly. They had tons of fun together when we visited in August, and had an absolute BLAST when they visited this past week! Swimming, sleepovers, movies, playtime, fun on the hotel couldn't have been better! Unless, of course, Ellia hadn't been sick....

....and unless I could have had one of these drinks! They remind me of our visit to Michigan this past summer, because this is the drink Jorden's aunt made for us when we first got there. They are deliciously sweet and oh so inviting...and with the addition of fresh cranberries, they are perfect for the holidays! Perfect for friends....or family....or whoever decides to pay you a visit. Just be sure you make never know just how much fun you might end up having!

Holiday Brandy Slush
9 c. water
2 c. sugar 
4 tea bags
12 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
12 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
1 pint apricot brandy
ginger ale
fresh cranberries

1. Boil 7 c. water and 2 c. sugar until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
2. Steep 4 tea bags in 2 c. water. Cool.
3. Mix sugar water, tea, orange juice concentrate, lemonade concentrate, and apricot brandy.
4. Freeze 48 hours.
5. To serve, scoop slush into a glass (2/3 - 3/4 full) and top with ginger ale and fresh cranberries.


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  1. Looking forward to trying this. Sorry you can't have it now. ☺

  2. This looks delish! Thanks for sharing! You will have to have one to celebrate the new baby when you're ready! AND! My 2 kiddos are sick now - maybe I'll need one tonight! Hubby is away too - no FUN AT ALL!

  3. You know I love a cocktail, and this one looks amazing! I haven't tried using brandy in a mixed drink, but I want to try this for sure. Thanks for the recipe. Pinned!

  4. This is what I remember all the adults drinking at my Grandparents house during all of their holiday parties! Can't wait to serve at my own :)

  5. I can't wait to whip this up in a week or so!! Would love for you to come & share at my party

  6. what kind of tea did you use? What do you freeze it in?

    1. I just used Lipton tea bags - the basic nondescript ones - and froze it in a BPA-free disposable plastic container (like Gladware). Hope you enjoy!!


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