A citrusy sweet slush made with frozen orange juice, lemonade, and pineapple juice topped with lemon-lime soda. Perfect for summer.

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This sunrise slush recipe is perfect for summer BBQs, get-togethers, and celebrations.  Our family even makes this slush for Christmas. It became a Christmas tradition—which we find humorous, considering how cold it gets here in Montana.

It’s delicious without alcohol, but it’s also fun to make into a cocktail on special occasions. You can leave the alcohol out of the frozen mix and add it right before serving. That way, you don’t leave out the kids or people who don’t care for alcohol.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups of sugar*
  • 2 cans of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 can of frozen lemonade
  • 46 fl ounce can of pineapple juice
  • 2 liter of 7UP

*Note on sugar: this is the original family recipe, but you can cut down this amount of sugar & it will still be delicious!

If you’re making the alcoholic version:

  • Whipped vodka (optional)
  • Garnishes – oranges, pineapples, or cherries (optional)

Supplies

  • Large pot
  • Mixing spoon
  • Ice cream bucket or freezer-safe storage container
  • Scoop and serving glasses

How to Make This Frozen Slush

Follow these simple steps to make this delicious frozen drink.

Step 1 | Boil water & Sugar

In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water and 4 cups of sugar to a boil. Again, you can reduce the amount of sugar if you’d like. Remove from heat.

Step 2 | Add Orange juice, lemonade, and pineapple juice

Add the frozen orange juice concentrate, frozen lemonade, and can of pineapple juice to the water/sugar mixture. Mix well.

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Step 3 | pour into container & Freeze

In a large container (I use an ice cream bucket), pour in the slush mixture.  Freeze overnight, stirring a few times if you can.

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Step 4 | scoop & serve with lemon-lime soda

Now for the fun part. Put one or two scoops into a glass.

Pour lemon-lime soda to the top of the glass (or leave some room to add your favorite liquor – keeping reading!).

Step 5 | optional – add garnishes and liquor of choice

Optional (but so good) – add grenadine, alcohol of choice (whipped vodka is our favorite), and garnishes (oranges, pineapples, or cherries).  Enjoy!

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We usually scoop individual servings, but you could use it in a punch bowl for birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, and more.

Another great option is to serve in a fun pitcher.

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Sunrise slush

Sunrise Slush (Citrus Frozen Slush)

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Citrus slush perfect for summer events. Pineapple, orange and lemon slush topped with lemon lime sode with the option to add garnish and your alcohol of choice.

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x

Ingredients

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  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar*
  • 2 cans of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 can frozen lemonade
  • 46 fl oz can of pineapple juice
  • 2 L 7up

*Note on sugar: this is the original family recipe, you can decrease the amount of sugar if you’d prefer.

*If you’re making the alcoholic version: whipped vodka and garnishes (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring 6 cups of water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the frozen orange juice concentrate, frozen lemonade, and can of pineapple juice. Mix well.
  3. In a large container (like an ice cream bucket), pour in the slush mixture. Freeze overnight, stirring occasionally.
  4. Put one or two scoops into a glass.
  5. Pour 7UP to the top of the glass.
  6. Optional (but so good!) – add grenadine, whipped vodka, and garnishes (oranges, pineapples, or cherries).

Notes

  • If you plan to add alcohol, freeze the mixture without it and add it right before serving. That will allow your guests to choose alcoholic vs. non-alcoholic.
  • Author: Kelsey Restemayer
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Freezing
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 327
  • Sugar: 80.7 g
  • Sodium: 14.9 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 83.2 g
  • Protein: 1.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
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6 Comments

  1. Stacy R Smith says:

    I have been looking for a recipe like this…. My mother-in-law would make something like this for breakfast. She has passed, and I do not have her recipe. I am so hoping this recipe is like what she made!!!
    thanks for sharing

    1. Northern Yum says:

      Hi Stacy! I hope it is the right one! Otherwise, maybe a homemade orange julius? I have never heard of it used for breakfast, but it could be. Happy holidays!

  2. Andrea O'Leary says:

    I’ve been searching for a similar recipe I grew up with and finally found it! Thank you!

    1. Northern Yum says:

      Awesome! Love to hear this.

      Thanks for the message!
      -Kelsey

  3. My mother in law makes something similar. I only got the list of what’s in it and no recipe. I’ve been wanting summery things and specifically this slushy drink. So I went looking and found your recipe!!! We tried this and we like it a lot better!






    1. Northern Yum says:

      Hi Sheila! Thank you for leaving a review! So glad you like it. 🙂

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