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The Newfoundland Christmas Slush


Nothing says it’s officially the Christmas season like making a batch of famous Newfoundland Christmas Slush! A frosty blend of pineapple juice, citrus juices, vodka, and topped with a sweet, fizzy soda. It’s as wonderful and refreshing as it sounds! 

What is a Christmas Slush?

If you’re not from the East Coast, particularly Newfoundland, you might be wondering…what is a Christmas Slush? It’s essentially a festive drink enjoyed during the holiday season that’s made by freezing various fruit juices and alcohol until it reaches a “slush” consistency and serving with bubbly soda. 

Depending on the region, the exact recipe for a Christmas Slush can vary widely. But this Christmas Slush recipe is the infamous slush Greg’s mother, Monica, has been making for years. Monica is from Cape Breton, so if you’re from the area, you’ll be very happy with this citrusy version of Christmas punch!

Why You’ll Love This Newfoundland Slush 

  • It’s chilled! During the holiday season, it’s common to sip on warm cocktails and Holiday Lattes but sometimes it’s nice to sip on something refreshing and chilled. If you agree, you have to try our Cranberry Orange Bourbon Sour and Peppermint White Russian, too!
  • Easy to make. Many Christmas slush recipes call for blending everything together in a blender. We eliminated that step by using pre-made fruit juices for an easy cocktail you can make all season long. 
  • Customizable. Like your slush to taste more citrus-like? Replace some of the pineapple juice with additional orange juice? Prefer your slush less sweet? Feel free to adjust to taste!

Key Ingredients and Substitutions 

  • Pineapple juice: To make this quick and easy, we use a 24 fl ounce can of canned pineapple juice. The measurement doesn’t need to be perfect, so look for a can (or a couple of cans) closest in measurement. 
  • Orange juice: We recommend using a 12 fl oz can of orange juice without pulp. This will yield the best consistency. 
  • Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice adds brightness and acidity that enhances the citrus flavors and balances the sweetness!
  • Vodka: We use 1 quart (1140 ml) vodka in our slush. Feel free to adjust to suit your personal preference, but note that if you lower the alcohol content too low, the slush will freeze more solid and be more difficult to scoop. 
  • Sugar: White, granulated sugar adds sweetness while keeping the flavour of the slush neutral. We wouldn’t recommend using brown sugar or coconut sugar as this would change the final flavour of the slush! 
  • Soda: 7up or Sprite are our favourites for this Christmas slush punch, but any other type of fizzy mild soda, like ginger ale or even club soda would be delicious! 

How to Make a Christmas Slush

  1. Combine all slush ingredients. Using a large freezer-safe container or bucket, combine the canned pineapple juice, canned orange juice, lemon juice, vodka, 6 cups of water, and sugar. Stir until well combined. 
  2. Freeze for 24-48 hours. The mixture won’t freeze completely solid because of the vodka, but when it is ready it should be a scoopable, slush-like consistency! 
  3. Serve. Scoop the slush into individual drinking glasses and top it off with the soda. Enjoy immediately! 

Ideas for Serving

Christmas slush goes well with virtually any holiday occasion. Try serving at holiday parties, while putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping holiday gifts, or alongside your other favourite Christmas recipes while watching your favourite Christmas movie. 

We love to garnish ours with fresh mint and orange slices, but you can also garnish with pineapple chunks or other fresh herbs of choice. 

If you’re planning a Christmas party this time of year, check out some of our other popular Christmas recipes: Holiday Lentil Mushroom Loaf in Puff PastryGarlic Parmesan Fluffy Mashed Potatoes, and Vegan Mini Pot Pie Pastries

How to Store

Leftover Christmas slush should be stored in the freezer in an airtight container. If stored in an airtight container, the slushy drink should keep for several weeks, so feel free to make a double batch at the start of the season and be prepared to serve Christmas slush at any moment!

What should I freeze my Christmas slush in? 

This frosty cocktail contains about 4 quarts of liquid, so you’ll need a large enough bucket that will hold about 4.5-5 quarts of liquid. An ice cream pail is typically about 5 quarts and would work perfectly, but really any bucket with a tight fitting lid is great. 

Can I use different fruit juices?

I definitely think the fruit juices in Christmas slush could be customized. We haven’t tried it, because you know, why mess up a perfect thing? But some people might want to venture off and give it a go, and I think that’s great. Cranberry juice, pomegranate juice, or limeade might be good. 

Can I use simple syrup?

We haven’t tried it, but it would probably work just fine! If you are using a simple syrup, sweeten to taste, and consider reducing the amount of water in the recipe to keep the liquid ratios the same. 

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The Newfoundland Christmas Slush Recipe

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  • Author: Liv B


Nothing says it’s officially the Christmas season like making a batch of famous Newfoundland Christmas Slush! A frosty blend of pineapple juice, citrus juices, vodka, and topped with a sweet, fizzy soda. It’s as wonderful and refreshing as it sounds!


  • 24 fl. oz canned pineapple juice (approx 0.68 L)… this can be a rough estimate just dump it in
  • 12  fl. oz frozen canned orange juice (no pulp)
  • 1 fresh lemon, juiced
  • 1 quart (1140 mL) vodka
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

For serving: 7Up, Sprite or other soda


  1. Pour all ingredients into large container or bucket, leaving room for expansion as it freezes. Freeze for 24-48 hours (takes a while because of the alcohol).
  2. Use an icecream scoop or large spoon to spoon out the slush. Fill each glass about 1/2 full of slush, then top it off with the soda. Enjoy!

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