It only takes 3 ingredients to make this easy Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush! This Midwestern classic is great for the holidays, showers, and cocktail parties! 

When I was growing up, this is the Vodka Slush my mom always made.

I remember it from neighborhood block parties, bridal showers, Christmas, and that one time we threw a surprise party for my dad. (How old did he turn that year, Mom? I have no idea! I just remember I was equally surprised!)

Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush being poured into a clear glass.

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One piece of “special equipment” is required, though. You need a 1-gallon ice cream pail!

Let me tell you how easy this Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush is to make.

First, eat all the ice cream in your ice cream pail. (Just kidding! I’m sure you already did that!)

Combine pink lemonade concentrate (the frozen kind, but thawed) with 2 cups of vodka and a 2-liter bottle of your favorite citrus soda. I love 50/50 (if I can find it), Squirt, or even Sprite. Stir and freeze.

Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Then, just pull it out and hour or two before you want to serve it. Once it starts to thaw and melt, you can scrape the slush into your glass.

Just top with extra soda and you’re good to go! I’ve also topped mine with carbonated water and it tastes great. So refreshing.

Make this for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, your next birthday, any bridal shower, or even a sassy baby shower. Nothing could be easier to make and your guests are going to love it!

Pink lemonade vodka slush in a short clear glass.

Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush

You need just 3 ingredients to make this easy classic Midwestern cocktail recipe that's ideal to serve at holiday gatherings, showers, and parties.
5 from 18 votes
Cook Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 5 mins
Servings 12 servings (1 cup each)
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 216


  • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate thawed (see note 1)
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle citrus soda (see note 2)


  • In an empty one-gallon ice cream pail, combine lemonade concentrate, vodka, and 2 liter bottle of soda. 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 additional soda as desired.

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  1. Frozen pink lemonade concentrate: If you prefer a yellow slush, feel free to use regular lemonade concentrate. The flavor is equally delicious either way.
  2. Citrus soda: Canfield's 50/50 is my top choice, but Squirt, Sprite, or Fresca work too (If you like the taste of diet or zero sugar sodas, they work here).
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 12 cups slush. Each serving is 1-cup slush plus soda to top.
  4. Storage: Store in a freezer safe, airtight container in the freezer.
  5. Make ahead: Since it's designed to be prepped in advance, this cocktail recipe is a busy host's dream. Complete step 1 and 2, then freeze the slush recipe for up to 1 month.
  6. Alternate spirits: If you don't have or don't love vodka, try this same slush recipe with an equal amount of rum or tequila.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 1gSugar: 30gVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Just a suggestion from someone who love to makes slushy cocktails in the summer months. Freeze the mixture in ice cube trays then throw into the blender with a bit of liquid to make the slushy. That way you dont have to defrost the whole batch if you only want to make a few cocktails.

    1. Hi Jody, I’m not sure! I don’t see why it would have to be frozen lemonade concentrate. The texture might be different (frozen concentrate is somewhat syrup, crystal light wouldn’t be) but I think the end result would be basically the same. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it goes for you! Thanks.

  2. my parents used ice in a blender, vodka and the frozen pink lemonade. …super quick and no need to wait for it to freeze in the freezer5 stars

    1. This is great for a serve now thing, but if you’re going to be serving for a party or where people can come back for more the Frozen is better as it doesn’t water down and still taste great when it melts! :)
      We like to add strawberries. Taste like a strawberry limeade from Sonic :)5 stars

    1. Hi Dana! I’d use sparkling water. It won’t be a sweet, though, but I think it would still taste good.

    2. Maybe instead of pop you could add raspberry juice or concentrate or even puree. Or even cranberry juice. Just a thought.

  3. My uncle made something like this. I had the recipe but cannot find it. It was so much fun to do. 

    1. Jody if you ever find it, or if you can even describe it, I’d love to know more! These kinds of drinks are THE BEST. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. This looks almost perfect for a baby shower I’m planning. Have you ever done a non-alcoholic version? What did you use to replace the vodka?

    1. Hi Wanda, I have never done a non-alcoholic version but its seems like an obvious idea for a baby shower. I think you could just leave out the vodka and you wouldn’t even have to add anything else. Or, you could add more lemonade and soda! Good luck!

    1. I personally would use something sweet like Riesling or Moscato! YUM! Thanks Adam!

  5. I haven’t had this drink for many years but it was always popular for showers and other parties. It’s always a crowd pleaser and easy to make!5 stars

    1. Maybe instead of topping the slush off with sparkling water or more soda, you should top it off with more vodka. ;) LOL!