Surprising Slush

by Oct 12, 2023Recipes, South Brunswick

This whiskey-based frozen cocktail might just sneak up on you.

The term Sneaky Pete originally referred to a person who did something unexpected. Like the time when my grandmother’s neighbor arrived at her home on Christmas Eve dressed as Santa. To our surprise, he began passing out gifts to the whole family. “Isn’t he a Sneaky Pete?” said my grandmother with a smile.

In the same vein, this Sneaky Pete Frozen Cocktail is named for the unexpected kick you get from the whiskey. The fruity flavors of cranberry juice, lemonade and orange juice along with the fizz of 7-UP can easily disguise the presence of the whiskey. This drink goes down easy, and before you know it, you will feel the effects.

It is traditionally made in a large batch and comes together easily. Simply pour the juices and whiskey into a deep 13×9-inch plastic container and stir. Cover the container and place the mixture in the freezer for at least 24 hours.

When you are ready to serve, remove it from the freezer and use a metal spoon to scrape the mixture. Put the slush in an 8-ounce glass and pour some bubbly 7-UP or Ginger Ale over the top. Garnish the glass with an orange slice or maraschino cherries. This recipe makes 16 cocktails, which makes it perfect for entertaining.

Sweet, bubbly and refreshing, it is a surprisingly delicious blend. My family likes making Sneaky Pete Frozen Cocktails to serve to guests who arrive unexpectedly at the lake house for a visit. It is a treat to sit on the dock and watch the boats go by while drinking a tasty whiskey slush — and to see the effects sneak up on everyone!

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Sneaky Pete Frozen Cocktail
This whiskey-based frozen cocktail might just sneak up on you.
SBM 2023 Spirit
Course Drink
Cuisine cocktail
Servings
cocktails
Ingredients
Course Drink
Cuisine cocktail
Servings
cocktails
Ingredients
SBM 2023 Spirit
Instructions
  1. Mix the first six ingredients in a deep 13x9-inch plastic container. Freeze for 24 hours until solid.
  2. Remove the whiskey slush from the freezer and allow it to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop or a metal spoon, scrape the frozen whiskey mixture to make slush. Fill an 8-ounce glass 2/3 full with slush, then fill the glass with 7-UP and top it all with an orange slice for garnish. (Sprite, Ginger Ale or Fresca can also be used in place of the 7-UP.)
  4. This recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer until ready to serve.