Brandy Apple Cider Slush

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Who says all fall cocktail recipes must be warm? My easy and festive Brandy Apple Cider Slush recipe can act as an after-dinner drink and dessert all in one.

Brandy apple cider slush in a mason jar next to a stack of four brown donuts.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for brandy apple cider slush.

Ingredient notes

  • Apple cider: You’ll use kid-friendly, classic apple cider in the slush base. Then as a fizzy finish, I call for topping off each glass with a splash of sparkling hard cider (Angry Orchard, Virtue, and Strongbow tend to be widely-available across America). You can also opt for sparkling water as the final element instead of the hard cider, if desired.
  • Brandy: This distilled wine is often sipped as a digestif after meals, and has between 35% and 60% alcohol by volume. That alcohol will keep the Brandy Apple Cider Slush recipe from freezing rock hard (while adding some good spirit to your party).

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In an empty one-gallon ice cream pail, combine the apple cider and brandy. Place in the freezer and chill at least 8 hours, overnight, or up to a month in advance.
Someone pouring brandy into an ice cream pail.
  1. Remove from freezer 1 to 2 hours before serving. As the slush melts, it will become easier to scrape and serve.
Someone scooping brandy apple cider slush out of an ice cream pail.
  1. To serve, add 1 cup slush to a glass (a ladle works well). Top with hard cider or sparkling water, as desired.
Someone pouring hard apple cider over brandy apple cider slush.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 12 (1-cup servings), ideal for parties or for the adults to enjoy after dinner over a few fall weekends.
  • Make ahead: Feel free to stir together and freeze this slush recipe up to 1 month in advance, then store in the freezer until you’re ready to slightly thaw and scoop.
  • Garnish your glasses: Try nestling a few pieces of thinly-sliced apple in each mug or cup. Or make this drink a dessert by adding a dollop of Whipped Cream and a generous drizzle of Caramel Sauce.
Three mason jars of brandy apple cider slush surrounded by donuts and apples.

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Brandy apple cider slush in a mason jar next to a stack of four brown donuts.

Brandy Apple Cider Slush

Who says all fall cocktail recipes must be warm? My easy and festive Brandy Apple Cider Slush recipe can act as an after-dinner drink and dessert all in one.
Author: Meggan Hill
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Freeze/Thaw Time 10 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs 8 mins
Servings 12 (1-cup) servings
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 162

Ingredients 

  • 64 ounces apple cider (see note 1)
  • 2 cups brandy (see note 2)
  • hard apple cider or sparkling water, for serving

Instructions 

  • In an empty one-gallon ice cream pail, combine the apple cider and brandy. Place in the freezer and chill at least 8 hours, overnight, or up to a month in advance.
  • Remove from freezer 1 – 2 hours before serving. As the slush melts, it will become easier to scrape and serve.
  • To serve, add 1 cup slush to a glass (a ladle works well). Top with sparkling water or hard cider, as desired.

Notes

  1. Apple cider: You’ll use kid-friendly, classic apple cider in the slush base. Then as a fizzy finish, I call for topping off each glass with a splash of sparkling hard cider (Angry Orchard, Virtue, and Strongbow tend to be widely-available across America). You can also opt for sparkling water as the final element instead of the hard cider, if desired.
  2. Brandy: This distilled wine is often sipped as a digestif after meals, and has between 35% and 60% alcohol by volume. That alcohol will keep the Brandy Apple Cider Slush recipe from freezing rock hard (while adding some good spirit to your party).
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 12 (1-cup servings), ideal for parties or for the adults to enjoy after dinner over a few fall weekends.
  4. Make ahead: Feel free to stir together and freeze this slush recipe up to 1 month in advance, then store in the freezer until you’re ready to slightly thaw and scoop.
  5. Garnish your glasses: Try nestling a few pieces of thinly-sliced apple in each mug or cup. Or make this drink a dessert by adding a dollop of Whipped Cream and a generous drizzle of Caramel Sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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