I was the same way. I had never tasted Bourbon, much less bought a bottle of Bourbon in my life. Who drinks Bourbon? I mean honestly.
Then about 16 years ago, my dear friend Jan had me over for the Holiday's and served Bourbon Slushes. Yuck I thought. But it was Christmas so what the heck, I'll try it.
I thought Jan was so "grown-up" serving something with Bourbon in it. I mean don't only grown-ups drink Bourbon? Which was strange to think, because I was well into adulthood myself.
I took one look at it, and it was literally an ice tea colored slushy, served in a pretty little holiday goblet. Anything in a slush form served in an etched Christmas glass can't be all bad.
What a surprise! It's refreshing, lemonadeish, ice teaish, and slushy! It was delightful!
Let's put it this way. I asked for the recipe, and it went straight into my Recipe Binder. That very next Holiday season and the 8 years after that I made it without fail.
I forgot about these yummy slushes for several years in a row now, and going through my binder recently, it popped up at me, as if to say "you've forgotten all about me" (In this sad little voice).
So for Thanksgiving, this refreshing slushy is coming home for the Holiday. Like a long lost relative. Like your crazy Auntie Mame whom you have not seen in years! Who when you see her after 8 years, you think "Where has she been all these years, we've missed her"!
Yippie, Auntie Mame is coming home for the Holidays!
Here's the life of the party:
1 1/2 c. Bourbon
8 c. water
6 ounce can frozen lemonade, thawed
6 ounce can frozen orange juice, thawed
1 c. sugar
2 heaping tablespoons instant ice tea granules
Get your self a large container with a tight fitting lid. I use a Rubbermaid 1.5 gallon clear container that I bought at the grocery store. You don't want the kind that have really tall sides and that are deep, rather, get a long low container with shorter sides. You don't want to freeze the slush in something deep, as it won't freeze properly and get the slushy effect.
Combine all the ingredients and make sure you stir with a whisk to get everything all evenly distributed, especially the sugar. Something like this:
Put on the tight fitting lid, and place in freezer for 48 hours.
I've actually checked on this 24 hours later, and it's in slushy form, but it just depends on how deep the container is. The more shallow the better.
Once it's all good and frozen, set out the slushy, and in a few minutes, you will be able to take a scoop, and scoop it all out into an ice bucket or serving bowl. Remember, alcohol does not freeze, so this will not come out solid like a huge chunk of ice. It will scoop out in perfect slush form.
I place a scoop in the bowl, so everyone can go back and help their self. Because trust me, they will be going back for seconds.
If by chance, there are left overs (which I highly doubt) you can re-freeze them again and again. Great for having a batch in the freezer from Thanksgiving all the way through New Years Eve!
Here's to Auntie Mame! "May we not wait another 8 years to see you again"