Recipe: Bourbon Slush

Bourbon Slush

(Guest post by The Boyfriend)

Do you ever forget about favorite recipes?

Perhaps you prepared a dish so often that you temporarily burned out on it…and then forgot about it. Maybe you made the dish only on special occasions…and those special occasions didn’t occur for a while.

But have you ever said to yourself, for whatever reason, “You know, I haven’t made Dish X in ages!”? And then ran to the store to get the ingredients because you couldn’t wait to put it together? All the while recalling pleasant memories of the dish?

It was in this vein that re-discovered the perfect summer drink: The Bourbon Slush.

On a recent hot afternoon, I was looking for something to add to my mental file of “Beverages, Summer, Refreshing.” This file normally contains three beverages:
1. Beer
2. A 50/50 mix of fruit juice and Sprite
3. Beer

About fifteen years ago, I stumbled across the bourbon slush. And it was a happy accident, indeed. Light. Refreshing. Quick. Perfect for summertime. I made at least one batch of the drink during each of the next several summers. Then, inexplicably, the drink just dropped off my culinary radar for probably ten years.

Just as inexplicably, the drink re-emerged from recipe purgatory. I have no idea as to why I thought of it, but I did. I pulled the recipe that a friend and I had freely adapted from an old charity cookbook that I found years ago on a bargain table in a Philadelphia bookstore (A Second Helping, published by the women’s ministries of Gloria Dei Church).

And I headed to the grocery store.

I returned half an hour later and went to work…

The Bourbon Slush
2 cups strong tea (3 or even 4 teabags)
1 1/2 cups sugar
12-oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
12-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate
2 1/2 cups bourbon
6 cups water
Sprite or 7-Up

Dissolve the sugar in the tea while the tea is still hot. Add all remaining ingredients, and pour into a large freezer-safe container. Put the mixture into the freezer. Stir the mixture every couple of hours for the next 24 hours, until the mixture has frozen. Because of the alcohol, it won’t freeze solidly, but will retain a slushy consistency (hence the name “Bourbon Slush“…clever, no?) (Note: The original recipe, titled “Slushy Beach Drink,” called for only a half cup of bourbon, and listed even THAT as “optional.” Right.)

To serve, fill a glass (any size) two-thirds to three-quarters full of the slush mixture. Give the mixture an extra splash of bourbon (this step is optional, but highly recommended). Finish filling the glass with Sprite or 7-Up. Stir. Enjoy.

The mixture will keep in the freezer for weeks. Once you’ve made the slush mixture, it’s two minutes from freezer to glass. Quick. Easy. Extremely tasty.

So…when was the last time youremembered a long-lost favorite recipe?