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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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Made this yesterday morning and as of now the center isn’t totally frozen. Do I need to stir it? The frozen part is delicious
It should all freeze. It wouldn’t hurt to stir it.
We don’t like lemon lime soda, but I can’t wait to taste this slushy stuff. What do you think about replacing it with lime sparkling water?
I’ve had a recipe similar to this in my recipe box for decades and have never seen it published. I got mine from my former mother-in-law who got it from her sister! I’ve never thought of making it in the winter, but it is wonderful in the summer.
I’m dying to try this slushiness but we don’t care for lemon lime soda…what would u think of substituting a lime sparkling water?
I think that could work! You could also do a ginger ale.
You’ve resurrected a wonderful memory of summers gone by, drinking what we simply called an “alcohol slushy”. Here’s the easy combination. Use whatever alcohol you have on hand!
2 tea bags steeped in 1 c. water for 10 min.
Blend together 12oz can of orange juice concentrate + 12oz can lemonade concentrate + 3 1/2 c. water + 1 c sugar
Add fruit mixture to tea
Add 1 c alcohol ( vodka, bourbon, whiskey, apricot brandy, blackberry brandy, etc
Freeze until slushy
Scoop into glasses & add lemon-lime type of soda
I can’t wait to make this! My husband loves bourbon/old fashions! What type bitters did you use? Orange bitters, perhaps?
I linked the ones I used in the post. Just standard Angostura bitters. Orange could be delicious too!
I have the fondest memories of visiting family in Kersey and St. Mary’s. We lived out of town and we’d spend our visits treeing. It was fun to see everyone’s tree, what they got for Christmas and the cookie tray they’d pull out. I haven’t heard that term used in so long! I wish folks still did this as much today as they did years ago. Thanks for conjuring up some great memories!
I already have this in the freezer. My husband is dying to try it. Me, not a bourbon fan. I will just tell him since it will be frozen by morning and since it does have orange juice in it that it’s okay to have for breakfast, agree? 😂😂😂
Wow! You are so quick!!
Hahaha. Yes! The perfect breakfast treat!
You should give it a try too. The bourbon really isn’t that strong. You may enjoy it as well.