Bluegrass Bourbon Slush

Even Santa will tell you that sometimes the best way to keep warm is actually with a nice cold cocktail. This bourbon slush recipe has been handed down through my family for generations. It achieves the perfect balance between sweet and sour and the bourbon will warm your tummy and your soul. It’s been a proven favorite at holiday parties for years – and that’s saying something given that people in the Bluegrass State can be a bit picky about their bourbon. So, put on some holiday music and have yourself a cup (or two) of cheer!


  • Preparation Time: 00:15
  • Cook Time: 12:00
  • Cuisine: American
  • Servings: 8


  • 4 teabags
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 cups warm water
  • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, mostly thawed
  • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, mostly thawed
  • 1 cup of Evan Williams bourbon (or your favorite will do just fine)
  • 2 liter bottle of Sprite or 7-Up
  • Maraschino cherries


  • 1Steep teabags in 2 cups of hot water for 3 minutes.
  • 2Remove teabags and add sugar, stirring until dissolved.
  • 3In a large, flat plastic container or plastic pitcher, combine tea, 6 cups of warm water, orange juice, lemonade and bourbon. Stir until mixed well.
  • 4Cover and store in freezer until frozen (usually overnight).
  • 5When serving, scoop into small glasses and top with a little 7-Up or Sprite. Garnish with a cherry and enjoy!