Last Christmas, we did a progressive dinner with friends. We gathered at each other’s houses for food and drinks and admiring of each other’s Christmas decorations. During the salad course we were offered brandy slush. This was maybe the third time I’d had brandy slush in my life. I think one time was in college and another time was at a ladies’ night at a friend’s house where we ate snacks and sang Karaoke. (I should think about hosting that sort of event.) It’s one of those things where if you are offered it, you should think about accepting. (Assuming you are of legal drinking age and all that.)While brandy slush is good, I think this version is even better. It seems a little mellower and a little less acidy. The Southern Comfort adds a bit of extra fruitiness that isn’t captured with the more traditional recipe. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s cold. It’s delicious. It doesn’t give you the same sort of cold headache as a frozen margarita will. Best of all, this recipe is super easy. It has green tea in it, so just think of all the antioxidants. A truly authentic slush experience involves first purchasing one of those 5 quarts pails of ice cream. When the ice cream is gone, the void in your freezer can either be filled with another 5 quarts of ice cream or the same pail refilled with slush. I mean, it’s up to you to do what you think is best, but I have found that pints of really good ice cream are much easier to find room for.
I served this at both our game night and at Thanksgiving dinner. But it’s good for football games, rough days at work, basketball, relaxing on the porch in the summer…you know, pretty much any time.
You can do the recipe the way it reads above, but I sort of cheated and boiled 9 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar and 4 decaf green tea bags. I figured it didn’t really matter that much. Green tea bags only need to steep a couple of minutes. To that, I added a can of lemonade concentrate and a can of orange juice concentrate and 2 1/2 cups of Southern Comfort. Pour the whole thing into your ice cream pail and put it in the freezer overnight. To serve, take one (or maybe a bit more) ice cream scoop of the slush and put it into an old fashioned sized glass. Top with 7-Up (or ginger ale, or whatever sort of fizzy beverage sounds appealing to you).