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August 14, 2015

Bourbon Peach Slush

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Celebrate peach season with a refreshing Bourbon Peach Slush. This boozy slush, made with simple ingredients that are in season, makes for a perfect entertaining cocktail because the recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. Makes 4 small drinks.

A highball with Bourbon Peach Slush is garnished with a peach slice

It’s peach season! This is one of my favorite times during the year, even though it’s close to the temperature of the sun outside.

The high temps have been in the 100’s for the last two weeks or so… but when I was watching the news yesterday, I learned that the highs are only in the upper 90’s for the coming week.

And do you know what I said? “Oh, that’s not too bad.”

Because that’s how life goes here in Texas in August: You accept the heat, even though it’s brutal, and you want to hide indoors until autumn arrives. Which won’t be until October. Probably.


You accept the heat, too, because it’s PEACH SEASON! And peaches make everything better.

More peach recipes we adore: Dairy Free Peach CobblerPeach Moscow MuleBlackberry Peach Hand PiesIndividual Ginger Peach PunchPeach Julep PopsiclesBalsamic Peach CompoteGrilled Peach Bruschetta

Overhead of two bourbon slushes with peach garnishes

We have my husband to thank for this recipe.

When I was discussing what to do with the last of the peaches from the most recent dozen purchased, he suggested making a drink. I wanted to make the peach-bourbon base bubbly and light by topping it with club soda.

He immediately nixed that, instead suggesting it would probably make a good slush.

And boy, was he right.

The natural sweetness of the peaches sings when paired with the bourbon, but the alcohol doesn’t overpower the fruit.

And the slush? Well, bravo to Winston because it is a perfect cocktail to enjoy on a scorching summer’s day.

Close up of the slush glasses, garnished with peaches

What the difference between a slush and a smoothie?

Well, there isn’t much of a difference! Typically, smoothies include some form of dairy (yogurt, milk, etc.) or could also be dairy free, but with a product like almond, cashew or coconut milk that adds a creamy element.

Slushes tend to involve liquids, which is why adding booze is totally acceptable!

Can I make this bourbon slush with frozen peaches?


Instead of the two fresh peaches, substitute 1-1.5 cups of frozen sliced peaches. They’ll work beautifully in the simple syrup and blend beautifully into this drink!

Two Bourbon Peach Slushes are served on a light-colored background

Can I make a nonalcoholic Peach Slush?

I haven’t tried it without the booze, but I bet it would be delicious! Who doesn’t love peachy goodness that’s frozen?

To do this, simply leave out the alcohol. 

What bourbon do you recommend adding to this frozen cocktail?

Please, for the love of everything good and right in this world, use a good bourbon.

It doesn’t have to be Pappy or anything exceedingly fancy, but you want it to taste good.

TL;DR: Don’t purchase the bottom-shelf bourbon for this drink because you’re gonna taste the bourbon.

What tools do I need to make a Bourbon Peach Slush?

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Pinterest graphic for Bourbon Peach Slush, featuring a close up of the nonalcoholic mixed drinks

Lookin’ for more boozy slushes? I recommend this Blackberry Ginger White Wine Slush and Blackberry Gin Slush.

And if you just want this drink? Well, you’re in luck!

Here’s how we made the Bourbon Peach Slush:  

Bourbon Peach Slush
Yield: 4 small drinks

Bourbon Peach Slush

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Celebrate peach season with a refreshing Bourbon Peach Slush. Simple to make and easier to sip, this frozen cocktail is perfect for an end-of-summer party.


Peach Simple Syrup

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 peaches, sliced


  • Peach Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • ½ cup bourbon


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar and peaches to make the simple syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat, and steep for 15 minutes, then refrigerate until use.
  3. Pour the peach simple syrup (with the peach slices, too!), the bourbon and ice cubes into the blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Serve immediately, and enjoy with a slice or two of fresh peach on the side!


No fresh peaches? No problem! Substitute 1-1.5 cups of frozen sliced peaches for the fresh peaches in this recipe to make the Peach Simple Syrup.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 343 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 4mg Carbohydrates: 75g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 73g Protein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

How are you surviving the dog days of summer?

Are you enjoying peach season, too?


  1. Lacey Bean

    Girl you are speaking my love language!! Mmmmm.

    • Erin

      This is totally my love language, too, Lacey! Enjoy!

  2. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Ummm YES! I have been loving peaches lately, so this sounds amazing. I’ve been adding bourbon to so many recipes, too. Yum yum!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jenna! So happy you’re loving peaches, too, and that you’re a bourbon fan, as well! Enjoy!

  3. Kerri

    Yum! I added a bit of lemon juice to balance out some of the sweetness since my peaches were super sweet. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Erin

      Oh, that’s a brilliant idea, Kerri! I’m so happy that you enjoyed this recipe and got to enjoy some fresh peaches before they are out-of-season!

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