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Vodka Slush Recipe

Vodka Slush Recipe with Grapefruit

This Vodka Slush Recipe combines vodka (or gin) with grapefruit juice, Cointreau and 7 up. Its the perfect summer treat, full of citrus flavour and truly icy cold. Summer is worth celebrating every day, I love being outdoors, enjoying the sunshine, and relaxing as much as possible.  This frozen vodka slush recipe with grapefruit juice is one of my favorite summertime treats.

A vodka slush recipe in a large picture with two full glasses of vodka slush beside it. The vodka slush is a soft pink colour from pink grapefruit juice and Cointreau.

Vodka slushies are so good for summer,  and this makeahead vodka slush recipe makes an ice cream bucket full of slush that keeps for months in the freezer.  You can serve it to a crowd or just use it a bit at a time whenever you want something a bit special.

The ingredients needed for making a frozen vodka slush, including lime juice, grapefruit juice, 7 Up, vodka and coutreau.

Ingredients for the Vodka Grapefruit Slush Recipe

8 cups grapefruit juice

1/4 cup lime juice

26 oz bottle Vodka (or gin)

4 oz Cointreau

4 cans of 7 up

7-up ( to serve)

I was not able to find yellow grapefruit juice for this post so I used pink grapefruit juice instead. You can also substitute for frozen concentrated juice or frozen lemonade as well, its all good.

For the pop (soda) I used 7-up but Sprite works as well, and you can use the low sugar pop to fill up the glasses although I wouldn’t use them in the slush base.

How to Make Vodka Slush

This vodka slush recipe is made in an ice cream pail. An ice cream pale is the perfect size to hold all the ingredients and the lid keeps it from spilling in the freezer.. If you don’t have an one gallon ice cream pail use a large plastic container as long as it has a lid. To make the vodka grapefruit slush, pour the grapefruit juice, lime juice, vodka (gin), 2 cans of 7 up and Cointreau into the ice cream bucket. Stir to mix, then freeze for at least eight hours, or overnight.

Vodka slush freezes well and you can keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Serving The Grapefruit Vodka Slush

You can make this punch and serve individual cocktails throughout the summer, or us it as a recipe for a crowd and mix in a pitcher.

A large glass picture and two full glasses of vodka slush cocktail. The glasses are garnished with lime slices and yoou can see the ice melting off the side of the glasses.

This grapefruit slush is so good, I love it anytime of year, but its especially great during the summer.  Its light and fresh and so icy cool and refreshing.  When mixing the slush you can control the strength of the alcohol consumption by the amount of 7 up you add.

Pouring 7up into a tall thin glass full of Vodka Slush.

Serving Vodka Grapefruit Slush

Vodka Slush Cocktail

You can mix the slush into a vodka slush one glass at a time. To serve, scoop about 1/2 cup (large ice cream scoop)of slush into a pretty glass and top it up with 7-up.  Of course the more 7-up you use the milder the drink is,   I typically mix mine 1 large scoop of vodka slush and then fill with 7 -up.  Hub’s prefers his with two scoops of slush.

When making the slush you can’t substitute the 7 up for diet 7 up as the recipe requires the sugar to keep it from freezing solid.  When serving feel free to top it up with diet 7 up, or try tonic water.

Vodka Slush Pitcher

To make a pitcher full I use 6 scoops of vodka slush and then top it with four cans of vodka. As I expect the pitcher to be sitting out I add about a cup of ice cubes to keep it freezing cold.

Because of all the citrus juices this Vodka Slush isn’t as sweet as lots of the other slushy drinks with alcohol are, and because it’s so cold it’s really refreshing.  I am sure you’re going to love it.

Please comment and let me know if you’re going to try it, or if you have ever had anything similar.

A closeup of two cocktail glasses filled with vodka slush. You can see the icy coldness on the outside of each glass and there is a pitcher of vodka slush in the background.
A large pitcher and two glasses of Vodka Slush, on a tray for serving. The vodka slush is pink grapefruit coloured and its served with a slice of lime.

Vodka Slush Recipe

A delicious and make ahead vodka slush recipe for summer. This vodka slush recipe makes a one gallon ice cream bucket of slush that keeps in the freezer until needed. Using grapefruit juice makes this vodka slush less sweet than other slushie recipes.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Freezing Time:8 hours
Total Time:8 hours 5 minutes


  • 8 cups grapefruit juice
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 26 oz vodka (gin) I love mine with gin.
  • 4 oz Cointreau
  • `4 cans 7 Up
  • 1 fresh lime for garnish


  • Place all ingredients except the fresh lime into a one gallon ice cream pail, or a large plastic bowl with lid. Mix well. Place in the freezer for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Once frozen, scoop 1/2 cup of the vodka slush mixture into a glass, and top with 7 Up to taste.
    Adding a half cup of vodka slush to a glass. There is a pitcher of slush and a glass of vodka slush in the background.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: vodka slush recipe
Servings: 20
Cost: $30

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Orange Mango Slush or Margarita Recipe

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