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.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Brandy Apple Cider Slush Recipe

Recipe ingredients

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.
  1. Remove from freezer 1 to 2 hours before serving. As the slush melts, it will become easier to scrape and serve.
  1. To serve, add 1 cup slush to a glass (a ladle works well). Top with hard cider or sparkling water, as desired.

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.

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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.
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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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