One taste of this sweet icy treat leads to another...and another. My mother-in-law makes it for family gatherings, and it never lasts long. Often, my husband and twin daughters request it as a snack or dessert. It's a refreshing party beverage as well.
Total TimePrep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min. + freezing
- 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
- 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided
- 3-1/2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups ginger ale
- 1-3/4 cups raspberry ginger ale or additional ginger ale
- In a large saucepan, cook the cranberries and 1-1/2 cups water over medium heat until the berries pop, about 15 minutes. Stir in raspberries.
- Transfer to a blender; cover and process until smooth. Strain and discard seeds, reserving juice. Pour the juice into a 2-qt. freezer-proof container; set aside.
- In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over remaining water. let stand for 1 minute. Stir in sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin and sugar are dissolved. Add to berry juice. Stir in ginger ale; cover and freeze.
- To use frozen slush: Remove from the freezer 1 hour before serving. For each serving, combine 1 cup cranberry slush with 1/4 cup raspberry ginger ale in a glass; stir well.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 331 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 84g carbohydrate (75g sugars, 7g fiber), 2g protein.
Originally published as Cranberry Slush in Country Woman November/December 2002