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Newfoundland Christmas Slush

Newfoundland Christmas Slush - a frosty blend of pineapple and citrus juices frozen together with amber rum to create the base for a delicious Holiday cocktail.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Newfoundland
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 30 or more servings
Calories 133 kcal
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 1/2 cups simple syrup (1 1/2 cup sugar + 1 1/2 cups water)
  • 6 cups fresh golden pineapple cubes (diced small, about 1 large pineapple)
  • 1 bottle amber rum (750ml/26oz)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 cups premium quality orange juice


  1. First you will need to make the simple syrup so that it can cool down. Simply add the 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a small saucepan over low heat and stir constantly until all the sugar is dissolved. The syrup does not have to come to a boil. As soon as no sugar crystals are visible in the bottom of the pan, take it off the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. 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!
  3. In any case, this recipe makes about 4 litres/quarts of slush so a 5 litre/quart container will be required.

  4. Dice the pineapple into small cubes. Measure 6 cups of these cubes.
  5. Purée the pineapple in a food processor or blender.
  6. Add the pineapple purée to the plastic container along with the cooled simple syrup and the remaining ingredients.
  7. Give it a good stir to combine, put the lid on and put the container in the freezer for about 6 hours.
  8. 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 idea for this, but if you don't have one, a few minutes of vigorous stirring with a whisk should do the trick.
  9. 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.
  10. When serving, depending on the size of drink you want to serve, fill the glass from 1/3 to 2/3 full of slush and top up with club soda, ginger ale or lemon lime soda. Stir well and serve
  11. Another serving suggestion is to serve the slush in martini glasses mixed with a splash of Prosecco and a garnish of pineapple and a maraschino cherry.
Nutrition Facts
Newfoundland Christmas Slush
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 72IU1%
Vitamin C 32mg39%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.