In my family, we typically make brandy slush during the holidays. (And by we, I mean my mom.) But sometimes, you simply need to enjoy some more.
It’s easy to make, tastes great, and has a small enough quantity of brandy that you could feel comfortable serving it to most anyone. I mean, I can handle all of 3 sips of wine, but I’ll enjoy a full glass of slush. Granted, I nurse that glass, but it allows me to still enjoy my brandy.
Having a party or gathering? Make a batch of slush. Favorite TV shows on tonight? Have a glass of slush. Bad day at work? Have a glass (or more) of slush. Good day at work? Oh, you know where I’m going with this. A little goes a long way, and it will keep quite awhile in your freezer, allowing you to enjoy it whenever the mood hits.
The only thing missing, in my opinion? A maraschino cherry.
2 cups sugar
9 cups water
2 black tea bags
12 ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
12 ounce can frozen lemonade, thawed
2 cups brandy
Bring sugar and water to a boil; stir until sugar is melted. Add tea bags and steep until cooled.
Discard tea bags and add orange juice concentrate, lemonade, and brandy. Transfer to large container (empty gallon-size ice cream containers work great) and freeze. Stir after 12 hours, then again 12 hours later.
Scoop slush into a glass and fill with citrus soda* (Sierra Mist, Squirt, etc.).
*In the winter, I like to mix the slush with room temperature soda, so I don’t get cold.