Bourbon Slush


In August, a bunch of us partiers got together at a friend’s house. I kid about the partying, cause we’re not exactly dance floor type folk at our age. It was more about wandering around our friend’s beautiful garden talking flowers while the guys played horseshoes.

Being August, it was hot. To help cool us off, our hostess prepared a specialty drink, which she always does, often with some new flavored vodka, or something muddled… it’s always really inspired.

This time, I was hesitant. The drink was a bourbon slush. I can hardly stand the smell of bourbon (or any brown liquor for that matter) let alone the taste.

But, I did want to taste it, out of courtesy at least. And, it was good! To serve, Sheila was scooping the bourbon slush out of a plastic container and placing the granita-looking mixture in copper mugs.

So while we walked around and discussed gardening, cause we’re that hip, we slurped away on our slushes. They were such delicious and refreshing. Like a grown-up version of an Icee!

Sheila offered ginger ale and club soda if you wanted to top off the bourbon slush, but I enjoyed the slush as is because it was so hot outside.

According to Sheila, a bourbon slush is not something new. In fact, could it be called vintage? Perhaps like an Old Fashioned? Supposedly, it was a popular drink way back when, often served at holiday parties.

At Christmas time, I decided to make bourbon slushes. When I though about something bubbly to add, based on the fact that there are citrus flavors in a bourbon slush, you can bet I reached for Fresca as my mixer!

So here’s the recipe that our dear friend Sheila uses.

Bourbon Slush
printable recipe below

1 – 12 ounce can frozen orange juice
2 – 12 ounce cans frozen lemonade
7 cups water
3/4 cup white sugar
2 cups strong tea, decaffeinated
2 cups bourbon, nothing fancy
Fresca, optional

Set frozen juices out for a while until they soften a bit. Then mix all of the ingredients together except the Fresca.

Put in freezer in Tupperware-type container with a lid. Place in the freezer overnight.

To serve, use an ice cream scoop or spoon and place in cold-proof cups!

If desired, top with Fresca. This was actually a great combination!

Well, believe it or not, these are just as good at Christmas time!

I served the slush with panetonne, but it would work just as well with a cheese and charcuterie platter, or a bratwurst.

These aren’t strong drinks, so bourbon lovers could add another splash.

Thanks, Sheila!


61 thoughts on “Bourbon Slush

  1. I can make these in my slush puppy machine. I’m a huge fan of bourbon so I’m all in, maybe I’ll make some for New Years Eve. Thanks for sharing Mimi and have a Happy New Year.

    • You are so welcome! I think you will love these! The recipe is really interesting. Happy New Year back at you and yours! And Chloe´

  2. What? No dancing?? I could have danced all night with a bourbon slushie (even at my age, cos that’s what I love to do) LOL! Happy New Year! They do look tempting :)

    • That’s why I was so shocked. I don’t even like to smell the brown liquors, but the slush is delicious. It’s also not very strong!

  3. The fresca made me smile. Wish I had seen this recipe before our big holiday get together. Hope your holiday was merry and bright and happy new year!

    • Fresca is a grapefruit soda. I use it so much my friends have told me I need to write a Fresca cookbook! It’s fabulous in sangria, and even in margaritas. Bubbliness, with a bit of flavor! Happy New Year!!!

  4. What a fun drink. I’m not a bourbon fan, but if it turned you, it just might turn me too. Sounds like my kind of party, too. :-) Loving the festive snowflakes on your site and those cozy red mugs.
    Happy New Year to you and yours! ~Valentina

    • Thank you! I don’t even remember how I discovered the option for snowflakes. It’s kinda cheesy, but I like it! Happy New Year!

  5. I do love a good bourbon…whether it’s straight up or mixed in a drink! And I agree that bourbon slushes are a thing. I’ve never had one, but I believe I have a recipe that was passed down in my grandmother’s recipe box. I’ll have to try this one soon, though! It sounds delicious, and I’m glad you enjoyed it, too, Mimi! :-)

    • Thanks. So interesting that your grand mother had a recipe for bourbon slush! I guess they knew how to party back then!!!

  6. Happy New Year to you Mimi. I hope you had a good one, and a good Christmas too! I am a big fan of bourbon so this bourbon slush recipe is right up my street. However, it’s too cold to think about at the moment so I’ll park it until the sun comes back out here again and the temparature rises above freezing if that’s OK with you? Looking forward to all the amazing recipes you’ll bring us in 2019! :-)

    • I know! Isn’t it interesting that this is a holiday drink? Our house was warm, so it didn’t bother me, but I’ll tell you that I enjoyed it more outside in August.

  7. You were right! So similar to mine!! I love it – and I’ve got to try the bourbon variety. I also love your Christmas mugs – ADORABLE. Thanks for the recipe pal! Happy New Year!

    • Tracy Porter. She used to have her own website, but she works differently now. Like through Macy’s. She’s on IG! Here’s to bourbon slushes!

  8. I have a freind that makes something like this, but non alcoholic, that I’ve been meaning to make! I am with you about the brown liqour. I cook with bourbon but don’t drink it,so maybe this is a way to get some good use out of what’s left!

    Your photos are so enticing, it actually makes me want to try it!!!! Aren’t those gardens gorgeous!!

  9. I loathe bourbon, too, but the slushes are always good. Definitely Christmas and Derby traditions around these parts. I think most folks use Sprite/7Up instead of Fresca, but the recipes are similar.

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