side view of a cup full of brandy slush with garnishes

Brandy Slush Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 20 servings 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Freezing
  • Cuisine: Wisconsin


This easy, make-ahead brandy slush recipe is a year-round staple in Wisconsin, but it’s  especially popular around the holidays because it makes enough for a crowd. Garnish them with whole cranberries and fresh rosemary for the perfect Christmas drink! #ChristmasDrinks #Cocktails



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

For serving

  • Club soda, seltzer water, or lemon lime soda
  • Orange slices



  1. Heat a large saucepan *affiliate link 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.
  2. Add tea syrup to a large freezer friendly container with remaining ingredients. Stir and cover with a an airtight lid.
  3. Freeze overnight, or for a minimum of 6 hours.
  4. To serve, scoop brandy 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 brandy slush. Feel free to use what you have on hand, but you’ll want to use a real tea, not an herbal or infusion.

Keywords: frozen, cocktail, brandy, alcohol, make ahead, batch cocktails

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