Bourbon Slush

Bourbon Slush

I’ve never been one for big, extravagant New Year’s Eve celebrations, instead preferring to enjoy a quiet evening at home, watching a movie or playing games and cards. This year will be quieter than most, as my Chief Culinary Consultant’s Nana passed away on Friday, and we will be attending the funeral service this morning. I do have one last-minute New Year’s Eve recipe to share with you on the heels of yesterday’s New Year’s Eve recipe roundup, in the event that you’ll be hosting or attending a New Year’s get-together this evening. This bourbon slush is delicious, easy and sure to please a crowd!

Bourbon Slush

This recipe comes courtesy of the same pre-wedding recipe sharing session with my bff that yielded Mrs. Waterman’s Stuffed Mushrooms. You boil a simple syrup and combine it with lemonade concentrate, orange concentrate and a healthy amount of bourbon. Pour into a freezer-safe container, put in the freezer, and a few hours later you have a wonderful frozen, slushy, boozy drink.

Bourbon Slush

Scoop some into a glass, pour your favorite lemon-lime soda over top and enjoy!

Bourbon Slush

If you want to make this for tonight’s festivities, you definitely have time to mix it together this morning and then pop it in the freezer. If you use a wider, shallower container it will freeze up even faster!

I wish you all a very happy, festive and safe New Year’s Eve.

Bourbon Slush

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Bourbon Slush

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 6 to 8 hours

Ingredients:

9 cups water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cups bourbon
Fresca, Sprite or 7UP for serving

Directions:

1. In a large pot, bring the water and sugar to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

2. Add the orange juice and lemonade concentrates to the simple syrup, and stir to combine. Add the bourbon and again stir to combine. Transfer the mixture to a large freezer-proof container and freeze for at least 8 hours.

3. When ready to serve, fill glass halfway with the slush, then top it off with your carbonated beverage of choice.

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26 Responses to “Bourbon Slush”

  1. Paula on December 31, 2012 at 12:37 am

    you both have my deepest sympathy at the loss of your Nana.

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  2. Kristen on December 31, 2012 at 2:21 am

    My mom makes something similar but with vodka. She subs the bourbon for odka and the Oj for a lime concentrate. It’s delicious!

    And sorry to hear about the chief’s nana.

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  3. Ellen on December 31, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I recently discovered from ordering a sazerac that I really like bourbon-dangerous discovery:) but now I’m on the lookout for bourbon drinks and this looks goooooood.

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  4. LJ Dubois on December 31, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Sending sympathy to you and your family for your loss, Michelle.. Prayers and thoughts to you all…..

    LJ Dubois

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  5. Carole Resnick on December 31, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Sorry for your loss.

    I take a lot of medication but will make your slush without the booze..

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  6. karen on December 31, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Sorry for your loss. But thank you for the drink!

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  7. Jill on December 31, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I will be thinking of you and your family. Death is never easy and at this time I’d the year it is worse. Hope the day goes smoothly and you have a beautiful service for your Grandma!

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  8. Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks on December 31, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Michelle, my deepest sympathy for you and your CCC. I’ll keep you both in my prayers.

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  9. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on December 31, 2012 at 8:03 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss!!
    Your drink does look amazing and refreshing!
    Happy New Years…

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  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on December 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Mmm yes please! Have the happiest of celebrations tonight! xo

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  11. Cindy on December 31, 2012 at 8:14 am

    My condolences on the loss of your ccc’s nana… Your family will be in my prayers.

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  12. Maria on December 31, 2012 at 9:39 am

    My sympathies on the loss of your CCC’s grandmother. May you both remember many pleasant thoughts about her. I have nearly the exact same recipe but it uses brandy instead. Isn’t it an awesome drink?

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  13. jules on December 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all!
    I make something like this also. But after you boil the water and sugar, you shut off heat add tea bags, let it sit for a while, then add frozen OJ, frozen lemonade..I like to add pink lemonade. My Mom adds brandy,but I have started using rum..not spiced.So Yummy!! Then I end up using ginger-ale in place of the 7up!

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  14. Jeanne on December 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you and your family lots of love and prayers for peace and comfort.

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  15. Lynne Eisiminger on December 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    My mom who passed away on St Patrick’s day this year also made the drink for Christmas eve celebrations. Cheers to those we have lost as we celebrate the life we shared with them. Here is to your nabs & my mom.

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  16. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up on December 31, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I am sorry to hear about your loss.

    This drink looks (and sounds) great. Perfect for a big crowd!

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  17. annie on December 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    So sorry for your CCC’s loss of his Nana. Michelle,I hope 2013 will bring you renewed joy and hope and continued good health.

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  18. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on December 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    My mom makes a very similar recipe to this but instead of using bourbon, she adds tequila and triple sec…we call it Margarita slush :)
    Sorry to hear about your CCC’s Nana. Hope you have a happy new year!

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  19. Linda L on January 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    So sorry for your loss. “Here’s a bourbon slush toast! to Nana!”
    I just LOVE your website.

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  20. Martha in KS on January 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Please give your CCC a sympathy hug for me. I used to make this slush about 30 years ago. I remember one KC Chiefs game when we took a batch of this along & there were many happy (and loud) people who enjoyed it.
    Happy New Year

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  21. Julie @Savvy Eats on January 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    This looks just like the slush I made for NYE, except I did mine with brandy. It is always a hit, and one of my favorites!

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  22. Barb | Creative Culinary on January 6, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I also have this recipe using brandy; it’s one of those in a very old, very tattered recipe binder I’ve had since I was in my twenties…and that cocktail has stood the test of time. I do think I have to try it with bourbon though..thanks for a great idea to switch it up.

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  23. Maggie on January 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    my family has been making a version of this for years! We call is “Schlater Slush” as that is my mom’s maiden name. Sounds like its not so unique to my family after all! (http://www.magpiesandmore.com/2010/12/whiskey-slush.html)

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  24. Soft Cut Saws on January 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    That’s a perfect sipping cocktail :)

    Reply

  25. Jen on February 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

    This was a HUGE hit at my super bowl party yesterday! I used ginger ale as my carbonated beverage. I thought about having a glass before work this morning (hey, it has OJ in it, so I say breakfast!) but I decided to wait for apres-work. Thanks for the recipe!

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  26. Maxine on December 26, 2013 at 8:03 am

    This looks so delicious. I must make it for New Years! Anyone know of a tasty non-alcoholic substitute for the bourbon? My guests are teetotalers. Thank you for any suggestions!

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