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Icy Rum Slush-Summer Signature Party Drink

It’s getting warmer and you need a drink fitting for summer BBQ season!  This frozen rum drink is an Icy Rum Slush that you can make in the freezer overnight that’s refreshing and thirst-quenching!

It's getting warmer and you need a drink fitting for the summer! The Summer Season Kick-of Cocktail is an Icy Rum Slush that you can make in the freezer overnight!

Cue the Happy dance, pool parties and great weather~~~ Summer is in full bloom, which means its time for the Icy Rum slush, a frozen rum slush drink that will be the hit of any summer bbq you have!

Made with just a few ingredients, lemonade, limeade and rum this cocktail is one my mom used to make every summer for parties.  Even as a child before it was legal we could have a couple of spoonfuls of the icy frozen drink and as we became of age she would serve them along with appetizers when we’d be by in the summer.  (Try them with this crack dip for a simple evening with company!)

Frozen slushy Cocktails on a tray for serving

It’s a perfect drink for hot weather, it’s refreshing, tangy and just what getting together with friends calls for to get off on the right foot. I mean what could be better than a boozy slushy to enjoy after a long day in the heat!

It does take a night in the freezer to make, you could drink it right away but by prepping it ahead, mini ice crystals form giving you a refreshingly cold drink without any ice watering down the cocktail.

It whips up in a jiffy, and you can make it really far in advance as well if you like to have a cocktail ready in case someone stops by at the last minute.

Literally you just mix all the ingredients together, pour them into a shallow pan and cover. You then stir the concoction after 24 hours and then again at 48 hours. Alcohol won’t freeze, but everything else in this drink does so the drink is a soft shaved ice texture. Yum!

Stirring the Icy rum slush to get frozen snow cone texture
After a night in the freezer, spoon it right into a glass

Variations on Icy Rum slushes

ALCOHOL OPTIONS:  My mom always made this with rum, any rum will do but white rum will give a whiter boozy cocktail and a golden one will be more yellow.  If you are using grenadine to make them pink, use white rum for a prettier slushy!

You can also use vodka instead of rum for the same effect and great tasting frozen drink.  If you have a gin lover, it will work, but it’s a much stronger tasting frozen drink with gin.

FLAVOR OPTIONS:  Adding grenadine will add a nice pink color and a slight cherry flavor for more of a pink lemonade icy rum slush! (see photo below!)

NON ALCOHOLIC OPTION: This doesn’t work for those that don’t want alcohol because the beauty of this drink is that the alcohol not freezing gives it the great soft ice texture. Serve lemonade/limeade over crushed ice for those that prefer a virgin cocktail.


SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Pool Party, Hot Summer evening after a long day of work.

TIMING: 24 hours minimum, but can hold for a couple of weeks in the fridge in a sealed container if you stir it occasionally. (Trust me though, they’re hard to keep because they are so refreshing and delicious!) Take the pressure off the day of the party and make them ahead!

Red White and blue Layered Vodka Drinks on a table

This icy rum slush can also be made into layers like I share here in this Red, White and Blue drink for the Fourth of July! 

Icy rum slush ready to serve from a table in a pitcher and in glasses

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It's getting warmer and you need a drink fitting for the summer! The Summer Season Kick-of Cocktail is an Icy Rum Slush that you can make in the freezer overnight!
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Icy Rum Slush Cocktail

It's getting warmer and you need a drink fitting for the summer! The Summer Season Kick-of Cocktail is an Icy Rum Slush that you can make in the freezer overnight!

A summer bbq signature drink! This frozen rum drink is an Icy Rum Slush that you can make in the freezer overnight thats refreshing and thirst quenching!  #summercocktails #frozenslushy #slushies #boozycocktail

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 - 12 ounce cans of frozen Limeade, thawed
  • 2 - 12 ounce cans of frozen Lemonade, thawed
  • 8 ounces of Grenadine, see notes
  • 48 ounces of Cold Water
  • 25 ounces of White Rum, Bacardi


  1. minutes before mixing together remove the cans of limeade and lemonade from the freezer and allow to thaw to almost all liquid.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl or pitcher.
  3. Pour into 2 clean 9 X 13 pans. (any size pans will work, just make sure what ever size you use will fit into your freezer easily.) (see notes)
  4. Cover with plastic wrap or foil.
  5. Place in freezer for 12 hours, then scrape up with a spoon.  Stir again at 24 hours.
  6. Remove from freezer using a spoon to create the icy texture of shaved ice.
  7. Spoon icy slush into glasses and serve with a lime wedge or a cherry.


The grenadine makes your drink a pretty pink color. In my pictures I omitted the grenadine in half of the mixture to get a green color.

The size of the pan is more dictated by your freezer space. Make sure to clear off a shelf before you're ready to place it the freezer to avoid spilling. I usually use 2-3 pans and double the recipe because it goes so quickly when I make it.

If you are short on time, you can use several pans. A smaller thinner amount in the pan means it freezes quicker.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Sodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 18gSugar: 13g










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Wednesday 28th of August 2019

Could you use coconut rum instead?


Thursday 29th of August 2019

Yes! It will work the same! Any alcohol will work-- flavored or not... its the alcohol that won't let it freeze! I love the idea of coconut rum! I think I'll try this too! ~m


Saturday 9th of September 2017

I could use another batch of these. They were gone in mere moments..:

Kay Little

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

I don't drink but I am sure this is equally delicious without the refreshing!!

Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

This looks amazing, Michelle! So refreshing!


Friday 3rd of June 2016

Love this recipe! Can't wait to try this for parties!


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