Finally…a new post! What’s the occasion? Well, I made these fabulous Pineapple Vodka Slushes that I haven’t had in a couple of years and I NEEDED to share them with you!
I hosted my book club last week, and we read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. It’s a wonderful, fairytale-ish book that will make you long to visit Alaska, with its lyrical descriptions of the wilderness. Anyway, I wanted the refreshments to have an icy, Alaska theme, so my friend Krista’s Pineapple Vodka Slush seemed perfect. I know, pineapples are tropical, but the slush part fit my menu!
Pineapple Vodka Slush
- 8 cups water
- 3 cups sugar
- 6 oz. orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 46 oz. pineapple juice
- 1 liter vodka
1. In a large stockpot, bring the water and sugar to a boil and cook 3 minutes. Let cool.
2. Add all the other ingredients and freeze for at least 24 hours. I put mine in big plastic containers with tight lids to freeze it. It makes about 16 cups of liquid, so I use two extra large rectangular Glad containers.
3. After it’s been in the freezer for 24 hours, use a fork to “shave” it…just break it up into large flakes. I scoop it into 8 oz. Mason jars, put the lids on the jars, and store them in the freezer until party time. Or until I have a light-night craving for one! This fills 20 to 24 eight-ounce jars, so it’s great for a crowd, and it gives you a reason to have extra boxes of Mason jars.
The rest of our menu, if you’re curious, included smoked salmon with lemon pepper cream cheese and crackers, pecan tarts (because the heroine was always baking pies), snowflake-stamped almond shortbread cookies, pull-apart garlic cheese sourdough bread, and strawberries with chocolate mousse dip (because they ate moose through the winter to survive, but I didn’t want to search for a source of wild moose). Then my friend Patty also brought an amaretto cheeseball with pound cake cubes to spread it on, which was divine!
As you might guess, we enjoy good food along with our literary discussions. I hope you’ll give these slushes a try…they’re delicious anytime of year!