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Bourbon Slush: Make it with bourbon or with rum. Either way, it’s the guaranteed fastest and most delicious way to get a wee bit sloshed.

Bourbon Slush

This is a monumental week, guys. This week, Julia comes to visit! Yes Julia of The Roasted Root, Julia of Paleo Strawberry Crumble, Julia of Apple Cinnamon Crock Pot Oatmeal is going to be here. With me. Live and in the flesh.

I’m just a little bit excited.

False. I’m so excited that I actually bothered to clean the apartment. That’s some monumental excitement, folks.

For the occasion, I decided it would only be appropriate to pull out an old recipe of my mom’s from her college days. I have been hearing about her Bourbon Slush recipe since probably before I was *technically* old enough to drink it. Technicalities. Either way, apparently it was her college roommate’s favorite thing in the world, and I was completely missing out by neglecting to make it.

Turns out, woman was totally right. You can make this recipe with bourbon or with rum – we just happen to always have bourbon in the house (thanks to a certain Boyfriend), so bourbon it was this time. It would be equally as excellent with the rum, though.

Just be careful – this goes down easy. If Julia and I look a little pained at all this weekend…well, just blame it on the slush.

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Bourbon Slush

Bourbon Slush: Make it with bourbon or with rum. Either way, it’s the guaranteed fastest and most delicious way to get a wee bit sloshed
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 black tea bags
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups cold water
  • ¾ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 12 oz can of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • ¾ cup bourbon or rum


  • Add teabags to boiling water. Steep for 4 minutes; discard teabags. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Add the cold water.
  • Add the orange juice concentrate, lemonade concentrate, tea mixture, and bourbon or rum to a large (2.5-quart) freezer-safe container. Whisk to combine. Cover tightly and freeze for several hours or overnight.
  • When ready to serve, use a spoon or fork to scrape slush into glasses.


Makes around 2 1/2 quarts


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.1mg


  1. Yeeeeew! I’d be so excited too! Have fun, enjoy every moment… how awesome is blogging friendship that becomes face-to-face friendship? As for this bourbon slush, you made it on my birthday so I consider it a present. One that I, uh, have to make myself, I guess… when I get home. Oh well.

  2. My family has made this drink ever since I was a little kid. Yeah, I got the “virgin” version when I was a kid 🙂 Anyway, it’s also fantastic with blackberry brandy and, when you scoop it into a glass, top it with Sprite, 7-up, Ginger Ale, or my favorite, Squirt 😉 It’s also fun to add canned fruit to it before freezing.

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