Wonderful memories are made on summer evenings spent in backyards with friends. On one such evening a number of years ago, we were served a cocktail that became an instant favorite: Bourbon Slush. We slurped and chatted and slurped some more, the heat of the day melting away with our frozen drinks.
The original recipe comes from the Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook, and our friend Deb made a batch for us on that evening (along with fried chicken and homemade pickles!). Deb is a Kentucky girl and has introduced us to really good bourbon ... she’s a good friend.
In this delicious slush, bourbon is mixed with iced tea, lemonade and orange juice and then frozen until it resembles a granita. When frozen, you scrape up scoops to serve in glasses with a sprig of mint. The glasses turn frosty in your hands, and the slush melts as you sip and relax and appreciate a warm, lazy afternoon. It’s just not summer until we’ve enjoyed some Bourbon Slush.
Icy, slushy and refreshing, this cocktail goes down easily and your guests will quickly be hinting for another scoop. Keep a stash in your freezer and you’ll be ready as temperatures soar in August.
Adapted from the Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook, via my friend, Deb
Makes 6 cups
3 cups freshly brewed, unsweetened iced tea
1 12 ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 cup orange juice
1 cup bourbon
Mint sprigs to garnish
Mix the tea, lemonade, orange juice and bourbon together in a freezer safe pitcher or container. Pop it into the freezer and freeze overnight. When ready to serve, scrape the slush (as you would a granita) into pretty glasses and serve with a sprig of mint to garnish.