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Frozen Vodka Slush Recipe

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Frozen Vodka Slush Recipe is a family favorite from way back in the day. This simple recipe combines frozen orange juice and lemonade, sugar, green tea, and vodka. A perfect cocktail to prepare ahead of time, and so refreshing for warm nights on the patio!

Side shot of my hand on a frozen vodka slush, with other in the background.

I should have called this recipe the Reding Family Holiday Slush. Because that’s basically what it is. For as long as I can remember, we drank vodka slush at our family gatherings, and we still do. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, graduations, birthdays…meant vodka slush. Mom almost always had a “bucket” of slush in her freezer for when we all gathered. I’m pretty sure I drank it in high school (or before) WITH my family. Hello, I’m Catholic, and drinks are welcomed. 😀

The weirdest thing is that we rarely drank slush in the summertime. But I’m putting an end to that here and now, because a frozen slushy concoction is BEST when it’s warm outside, don’t you think?

Overhead shot of a frozen vodka slush, with a partial one in the corner, on a gray napkin.

Ingredients needed for Frozen Vodka Slush Recipe:

  • Frozen Items – You’ll need one large can of both frozen orange juice and frozen lemonade. The orange juice is what gives this drink that lovely bright yellow color!
  • Simple Syrup – This version is far less sweet than normal simple syrup versions. Just a bit over one cup of sugar to 7 cups of water.
  • Green Tea – You’ll need green tea bags and two cups of water.
  • Vodka – Use a good quality vodka, as always, for best results (and easier on the body too).
  • Sprite – This is optional, but a splash to serve gets the frozen cocktail to melt slightly, and makes it easier to drink. You can also skip it, and just wait for it to become slushy.
Overhead process shots of 1) the frozen concentrates in a large green Tupperware container, and 2) the green tea mixture on a gray and white background.
Overhead shot of the slush mixture before freezing.

If you have 15 minutes, that’s all you’ll need to make vodka slush. Very simple to make and super handy to have available in your freezer for last minute happy hours or just because.

How to make this Frozen Vodka Slush Recipe:

  1. Prepare by setting out all ingredients. You’ll need a large Tupperware container with a lid, along with the recipe ingredients listed above (and below in the recipe).
  2. Empty the frozen products in the container. Take the orange juice and lemonade and empty it into the large container.
  3. Make the simple syrup. You can make the simple syrup on the stovetop or the microwave. You want to combine the water and sugar, and simmer until the sugar is fully dissolved. Pour this over the frozen juice.
  4. Steep the green tea. Boil the two cups of water and add the bags of green tea. Let it steep and then combine with the other ingredients. Stir well.
  5. Add vodka. Don’t forget to add the vodka! 😀
  6. Freeze. After the mixture has cooled off, place the container in your freezer for approximately 24 hours.
  7. Serve. To serve, set the slush out on your counter, and let it slightly soften. Spoon slush into glasses, add a splash of Sprite, and serve with a spoon or a straw. Enjoy!
Overhead shot of the frozen vodka slush recipe in a green Tupperware container.

What kind of vodka is best for Frozen Vodka Slush?

I have passed this recipe on to many friends and this is what they normally ask me. You can use any vodka you have on hand BUT just be wary if it is super cheap. Cheap alcohol equals headaches even if you don’t over-drink. I usually use a fairly good quality vodka. Just head to the liquor store and ask the staff.

Is green tea required for vodka slush?

The simple answer to this question is absolutely not. You can skip the green tea if you want. However, I feel like it adds to the taste, and it’s easy to keep green tea in the pantry.

How long does Frozen Vodka Slush keep?

This is a tricky question. My mom often kept “buckets” of slush in the freezer for months if it didn’t get consumed at our holiday gatherings (which was rare). It was still good! But for best results, I recommend drinking it by the end of three months.

Side shot of three frozen vodka slushes, with a gray napkin.

Snacks to serve with your happy hour:

As with all happy hours, it’s best to eat while drinking. You’ve come to the right place for that, and I’ll share a few of my favorite recipes to munch on while slushing. 😀

Overhead shot of my hand holding a frozen vodka slush, with a wooden spoon.

Try these summertime cocktails next!

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xoxo ~Sue

Side shot of my hand on a frozen vodka slush, with other in the background.

Frozen Vodka Slush Recipe

Frozen Vodka Slush Recipe is a family favorite from way back in the day. This simple recipe combines frozen orange juice and lemonade, sugar, green tea, and vodka. A perfect cocktail to prepare ahead of time!
4.80 from 15 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freezing Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 12 oz. frozen orange juice
  • 12 oz. frozen lemonade
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 bags green tea
  • 1 fifth good quality vodka = 25 ounces
  • Sprite to serve – optional


  • Using a large airtight container, add the orange juice and lemonade and let sit until soft.
  • Boil seven cups of water with 1 1/4 cups of sugar until sugar dissolves. Add to container.
  • Boil two cups water, remove from heat, and add the green tea bags. Let it seep for 10 minutes, remove bags, and then add liquid to container.
  • Add vodka and stir. Freeze for at least 24 hours.
  • Serve slush with chilled Sprite.


  • One fifth of vodka equals approximately 25 ounces.
  • Use a good quality vodka for best results.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 51.4mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. Rae Bailey says:

    many years ago we made this so glad to find the recipe again. Is there any way to email this to my daughter?

  2. Has anyone made this with an artificial sweetener vs sugar?

  3. Can I omit the orange juice and add another lemonade?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      The taste will be pretty different, but you can definitely give it a try.

  4. Cathy Hanson says:

    Every year, my sister in-law sends a text to make sure I am going to have this in the freezer when everyone gets together for Christmas! 🙂 Always a big hit!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      This is probably my favorite slush recipe on the blog. Also nostalgic for me!

      1. Elaine Hoffman says:

        Is it necessary to use the simple syrup? I’m thinking just use water instead. I’m finding it very sweet.

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          Yes, feel free to add less sugar!

  5. Michele Wade says:

    My family has made Orange Juice Slush for holidays & family gatherings since probably the ’70s. Like you, I drank it as a teen with my family! Ours was made with regular tea instead of green tea and bourbon instead of vodka. The rest of the ingredients are the same. I’ll have to give your version a try sometime, but do love our bourbon version!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That sounds great too, Michele!

  6. I just realized I didn’t give this a rating, just a review. Definitely a 5 star recipe!

  7. This is always favorite! We made these the other night, and once again they did not disappoint! So yummy and so easy!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad, Terry! This slush is one of our favs too!

  8. Thanks for posting this Sue! This recipe is awesome!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You’re welcome, Adam! Enjoy! 🙂

  9. Do you need the additional two cups of water if you are not using the green tea?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      The slush will just be a little bit stronger if you don’t use the extra two cups of water (more alcohol content to water). You can definitely skip the green tea and just use extra water, but either way is fine. Good luck!

  10. I make this for every Ugandan gathering, they are hooked!! So many memories around this one!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad they enjoy it, Shari! Now they have the recipe so they can make it too!! 🙂

  11. Your recipe is one of my favorites!! Yum!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you Terry! I’ve got some in my freezer, so just come on over anytime!! 🙂

  12. Seriously one of your BEST drink recipes, right next to the tropical sangria! So yummy & refreshing!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Ahhh, thank you sweet Tiff. It’s one of my all-time favorites!

  13. The best drink for parties and family gatherings ever because it tastes great and……

    1) It is quick to make.
    2) It can be made in advance.
    3) It serves a lot of people .
    4) Its fun and social.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You got it! THE perfect cocktail!

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