This Frozen Old Fashioned Slush recipe takes the classic cocktail to a new, and dare I say it, much cooler level. Made with bourbon, this a refreshing and flavorful drink that can be served any time of the year.
Frozen Old Fashioned Slush Recipe
Frozen cocktails have a special place in my heart, which is why I’m so excited to share this Frozen Old Fashioned recipe with you. For as long as I can remember, my family has served frozen cocktails during the Christmas season. We called them “slushes.” The one that always comes to mind is a Slow Gin Slush. (Writing that sentence reminds me I should try to get a recipe for that!)
Here in central PA, many of us go “treeing” during the week of Christmas. This entails visiting friends and relatives to see their Christmas trees, play cards, snack, talk, and enjoy time together. More often than not, slushes are on the menu. I obviously did not partake in slushes when I was a kid, but now, as an adult, they’re a beloved holiday treat.
This past Christmas, my dad’s wife made a new slush for us: this Frozen Old Fashioned. It was so good that I thought I’d share the recipe with you today.
So why am I talking about a “holiday” drink with spring and summer approaching? Well, you don’t need to wait until the holiday season to serve this cocktail recipe. I’m sharing it now because it’s also a refreshing libation for the warmer months ahead. As I said earlier, this Frozen Old Fashioned can be enjoyed all year long.
Now that you know my history with slushes, let’s whip up this delectable drink.
What do you need to Make Frozen Old Fashioned Slush Recipe:
Before we get into the recipe, let me tell you what you’re going to need to make this delicious slush recipe.
- bourbon (My favorite is Four Roses.)
- frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- Luxardo cherry juice
- lemon-lime soda
- Luxardo cherries and orange slices
How to Make this Frozen Old Fashioned Slush Recipe:
First off, keep in mind that this is a frozen cocktail recipe, so it requires freezer time. That means you’ll need to prepare some things in advance.
To create the cocktail mix, add water and sugar to a large saucepan. While stirring, bring the mixture to a boil. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. Then, let the mixture cool completely. (I’ve shared a full ingredient list and recipe instructions in the printable recipe card below.)
Next, stir in the bourbon, orange juice concentrate, cherry juice, and bitters. Pour this mixture into a freezer-safe baking dish that will hold at least 3 quarts. Freeze for 10-12 hours or overnight. If possible, stir the mixture with a fork once or twice while it freezes.
For this recipe, I’m using Four Roses Bourbon. It’s a favorite at my house. I usually serve Single Barrel, but for this recipe I opted for their standard recipe.
As I’ve mentioned many times, I prefer Luxardo cherries. I’m using them and their juice in this recipe.
I think they’re superior to standard maraschino cherries, but they do come with a higher price tag. I made a note in the recipe that it’s okay to use maraschino cherries instead.
Once your mixture is a nicely frozen slush, it’s ready to serve.
To serve, place about 3/4 cup of the Old Fashioned mixture in a glass. Top with 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
This cocktail is so delicious! If you want to make it a bit stronger, feel free to add another splash of Four Roses Bourbon.
Looking for more bourbon based cocktails? Try these:
- Maple Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
- Pumpkin Old Fashioned
- Cranberry Old Fashioned
- Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail
I just love the ice crystals in the slush paired with the sweet and rich flavors of an Old Fashioned. It’s so good!
If you like slush recipes, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll share others with you. Enjoy!
Frozen Old Fashioned Slush Recipe:
Frozen Old Fashioned Slush Recipe
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups bourbon - (My favorite is Four Roses.)
- 12 ounces (one can) frozen orange juice concentrate - thaweed
- 2 tablespoons Luxardo cherry juice*
- 1/4 cup bitters
- Lemon-lime soda - (1/4 cup per serving)
- Orange slice and Luxardo cherries*
- Start by adding the water and sugar to a large saucepan. Stir continuously and bring to a boil. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. This will take about five minutes. Allow to cool completely.
- Next, stir in the bourbon, orange juice concentrate, cherry juice, and bitters. Pour this mixture into a freezer-safe baking dish that will hold at least 3 quarts. Freeze for 10-12 hours or overnight. If possible, stir the mixture with a fork once or twice during the freezing process.
- To serve, place about 3/4 cup of the Old Fashioned mixture in a glass. Top with about 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda. Garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
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