Drinks & Cocktails

Whiskey Cranberry Slush

December 2, 2011

When I saw this Whiskey Cranberry Slush in Food Network magazine, I instantly knew it would be my beverage of choice for Thanksgiving. I had fabulous plans of sipping on these while I cooked Thanksgiving dinner. I think I’ve annoyed you enough with my pity-party on being sick on Thanksgiving, so obviously drinking alcohol didn’t happen that day. But two days later was the Iron Bowl, and that was reason enough for me to break out the whiskey.

Whiskey Cranberry Slush by So, How's It Taste

So, how’s it taste?

Loved. It. So. Much. It’s as fantastic as you expect it’ll be. I think a whiskey with some bite to it works great in this as opposed to a sweeter whiskey or bourbon, but use whatever you prefer. The drink is a tad bit sweet, but also tart from the cranberry and lime. It all comes together for one delicious drink. I’m a huge fan of whiskey so this fruit drink was a nice change from whiskey and Coke. Another perk is there’s no ice. It’s all slush, so the drink never dilutes. I thought for sure the slush would melt when I added the additional cranberry juice, but it doesn’t. It forms into a beautiful slush drink and stays pretty slushy for a good while. The recipe makes enough for a crowd, but can be easily divided in half or quartered.

This quite possibly may turn into my Thanksgiving/Iron Bowl beverage of choice! Roll Tide!

Whiskey Cranberry Slush

Robert Irvine for Food Network Magazine
makes 24 servings


2 cups whiskey (I used Jack Daniel's)
6 cups cranberry juice*
4 1/2 cups pomegranate juice*
2 cups orange juice
Juice of 2 limes
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh cranberries, diced
Mint leaves, for garnish

*Or use 10 1/2 cups Cran-Pomegranate juice.


1. Combine the whiskey, 3 cups of the cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, orange juice, lime juice, sugar and 1/2 cup water in a large, shallow freezer-safe container. Stir well, cover, and freeze until the mixture is icy, stirring every 20 to 30 minutes, 4 to 5 hours. The mixture won't freeze completely due to the alcohol, so if you forget to stir ever so often, no big deal.

2. Scrape and break up the frozen mixture with a fork and divide among glasses, filling them three-quarters of the way. Divide the remaining 3 cups cranberry juice among the glasses and top with the diced cranberries; stir until slushy and garnish with mint. (I left out the cranberries and mint, and garnished with a slice of lime instead.)

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  • Julie @ Table for Two December 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I looooooove that this is bright pink and has cranberries in it. A must try one weekend for me!!

    • Leah December 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

      It’s so festive! I was trying to be thrifty so I skipped the cranberry/mint decorations. This would be so cute with the cranberries floating in it.

  • amy (fearless homemaker) December 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

    looks delicious! you know i’ve been waiting to see this one come across the blog. maybe i’ll make it for our christmas cookin’ this year?

    • Leah December 6, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Definitely a fun drink for sippin’ while cookin’! 😉

  • Kira December 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Oooh, this looks like a great alternative to my normal Bourbon Slush. I love the festive color!

    • Leah December 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Ooo, what’s in your bourbon slush? That sounds good!

  • Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk December 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Wow, I wish I came across this before Thanksgiving, lucky for me Christmas is right around the corner!

    • Leah December 6, 2011 at 9:46 am

      This would totally work for Christmas, although I have a feeling I’ll be making it year round. It’s so good and something different.

  • Ann December 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    What a GREAT drink – I love the lime in it! I came over from Cassie’s site (Bake Your Day). This looks delicious and I’m a new follower via Google Follower!

    • Leah December 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Hi Ann! Thanks so much for following!

  • Anna @ hiddenponies December 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    This. sounds. perfect. Can’t wait to try it for the holidays…I’ll make sure it is well sampled before serving to guests 😉 Loving your blog!

    • Leah December 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks, Anna! Yeah, you should taste-test before serving. Probably at least a glass full…just to be sure. 😉

  • Jan December 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I served it at my house during our Thanksgiving dinner and it has been requested again for Christmas at my aunt’s. It is definitely a conversation piece and a drink everyone wants to taste.

    • Leah December 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Awesome! Glad it was such a hit and thanks for leaving a comment!