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Strawberry Lime Slush

Strawberry Lime Slush. An economical, icy, refreshing slush serves as the base for this popular spritz cocktail for the Holidays or for summer entertaining.

Strawberry Lime Slush photo of 2 cocktails with Cristmas decorations in background

Strawberry Lime Slush

There seems to be a bit of a resurgence in the popularity of slush recipes over the last couple of years. Indeed, our original recipe for Newfoundland Christmas Slush, is consistently one of our most popular recipes during the Holiday season.

Newfoundland Christmas Slush image with title text for Pinterest

It makes a very refreshing summer cocktail as well, so it can be enjoyed year round. Plenty of folks agree that it’s a great economical way to serve this sort of frozen cocktail. 

For those of you who have never heard of it before, I would encourage you to read our original slush recipe post. It’s been very popular here for the last few decades at least.

Basically it is a frozen mix of fruit, juice, sugar syrup and alcohol which forms a sort of semi frozen slush. This base is then topped up with club soda , lemon lime soda or ginger ale, when serving.

The fact that a carbonated nmix is used makes it very easy to adapt to different tastes and tolerances for alcohol level.

photo of limes on a white background with one cut to reveal the interior.

Fresh lime juice gives this cocktail plenty of zing.

Strawberry Lime Slush. A new flavour idea.

First, I have to admit that his was not my idea alone. My son Noah, has slowly but surely become the family bartender, now that the kids have grown up.

He’s constantly experimenting with classic cocktails and a few twists on them. This time he took on the challenge to create a new slush recipe for the Holidays using what we had on hand.

Photo of two Strawberry Lime Slush cocktails shown with pink polka dot napkin

Strawberry Lime Slush

Frozen strawberries are almost always in the freezer and lemons and/or limes are something that is rarely out of stock in my kitchen. So, they both were the obvious choices for a flavour pairing.

It was a tasty marriage that worked well.

Frozen strawberries for Strawberry Chiffon Squares

It’s easy to make this recipe using frozen berries.

Personalize your Strawberry Lime Slush.

In this recipe, we have chosen gin as the alcohol of choice. It is a natural pairing with lime, and the strawberry adds much needed sweetness.

Photo of a bottle of Bombay Sapphire

Gin compliments this flavour combination well.

You can however, easily substitute vodka if you don’t like the juniper berry flavour of gin. Other variations could include using tequila for a sort of margarita spritz cocktail. Use a clear rum if you like and this becomes a frozen rum punch.

As you can see, it is quite a versatile cocktail idea, that you can easily customize to your taste. Give it a try for the Holidays!

Strawberry Lime Slush shown with Christmas decorations and with title text added for Pinterest

Looking for another frozen cocktail idea?

One of our most popular recent cocktail recipes was one that keeps Newfoundland berries front and centre; Blueberry Rum Slush.

Blueberry Rum Slush image with title text

Blueberry Rum Slush.

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Strawberry Lime Slush photo of 2 cocktails with Cristmas decorations in background
Yield: 35 servings (4 litres/quarts)

Strawberry Lime Slush

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 30 minutes

Strawberry Lime Slush. An economical, icy, refreshing slush serves as the base for this popular spritz cocktail for the Holidays or for summer entertaining.


  • 8 cups chopped frozen strawberries. 
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3 cups white cranberry juice or white grape juice
  • One 750ml bottle gin (26 ounces)


  1. You will need an airtight covered plastic container to make the slush in, and to store it in the freezer. Airtight is important because this slush can stay in the freezer for quite a long time if need be, and you don't want it absorbing freezer odours. Large tupperware bowls with snap on lids work well. Here in Newfoundland, if we are making large batches, we use food grade plastic buckets that salt beef is sold in. Don't assume a salt beef bucket in a Newfoundland freezer has salt beef! In any case, this recipe makes about 4 litres/quarts of slush so a 4.5 or 5 litre/quart container will be required.
  2. Add the chopped strawberries, sugar and water to a saucepan and simmer together for about 10 minutes. Allow this mixture to cool to near room temperature.
  3. Strain the fruit, to separate the strawberry pieces and syrup. (You will be using both, don't throw anything away.)
  4. Add the strained strawberries to a blender or food processor and puree for a couple of minutes until smooth.
  5. Add the strawberry puree to the plastic container, along with the strawberry syrup and all of the remaining ingredients. Give it a good stir to combine, put the lid on and put the container in the freezer for about 6 hours.

Freezing and serving

  1. After six hours, ice sheets should be beginning to form in the slush. You want to break these down into smaller crystals. An immersion blender is ideal for this, but if you don't have one, a few minutes of vigorous stirring with a whisk should do the trick.
  2. Return to the freezer and after a few more hours, give it another stir. The slush then stays covered in the freezer until ready to serve.
  3. When serving, stir the slush well every time and spoon 4 ounces of the icy mixture into an 8 ounce glass.
  4. Add 2 or more ounces of club soda. Stir and serve
  5. Another suggestion is to serve the slush in martini glasses mixed with a splash of Prosecco and a garnish of a lime slice and frozen berries on top.
  6. A 4 ounce serving of this slush with a 2 ounce splash of soda water per serving works out to a cocktail that is about 5% alcohol/volume.


This recipe is also easily halved for a smaller batch of 2 litres, using a 375 ml flask of rum.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 111Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 0g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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