Jun 18 2013

by Laura Leigh Packard

“The only way I could figure they could approve upon Coca-Cola, one of life’s most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put rum or bourbon in it.”- Lewis Grizzard

I love bourbon. I don’t know why exactly. Maybe it’s the mossy, woodsy, heady taste? Or the dark amber liquid, once touched upon the tongue, eases worries, searches the soul and softens dreams. Or maybe because it’s as Southern as Sweet Tea and just as proud.

Yes, it can heal what ails you. And right about now, it’s the gosh-forsaken South Georgia heat. Hands down this is one of the best Southern porch sipping cocktails to enjoy this summer.

My friend “Kentucky” Kat suggests using Marker’s Mark, Blanton’s, Booker’s, or Pappy Van Winkle because it’s not bourbon if it isn’t from the Kentucky.

Cheers, y’all! Here’s to a Happy Summer!

Kentucky Bourbon Slush

(suggest doubling for company)

6 ounces frozen lemonade

6 ounces frozen orange juice

2 cups boiling water

4 teabags

1/2 cup sugar

2 & 1/2 cup cold water

12 ounces bourbon


Boil 2 cups water, then add teabags for three minutes to steep; remove bags and stir in sugar.

Add frozen lemonade and OJ and stir until thawed.

Add 2 &1/2 cups cold water and bourbon.

Freeze overnight (8 hours) in an airtight plastic container.

Serve immediately and top with ice cold ginger ale.

Bourbon Slush will keep all summer in freezer.


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  1. trisha

    Raines. We’ve been drinking this for years in Montrose. We called it Old Fashion slushies. It’s in our cookbook!!! All great things begin at home!

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