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The Speckled Palate
July 19, 2019

Cherry Bourbon Slush

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Mix up a Cherry Bourbon Slush on a warm day! This adult slush drink is beautifully colorful, wonderfully bold and incredibly simple to make at home.

Two Cherry Bourbon Slushes are shown on a marble background

Who has two thumbs and enjoys a colorful, flavorful drink that’s perfect for sipping at any kind of gathering?

This lady right here. (And probably you, too. You do like a good drink, yes?)

So it should come as no surprise during this season’s FREAKY FRIDAY collaboration that I would choose a fun cocktail to share with y’all.

This recipe comes from Lori and Heather of the site, Who Needs a Cape? .

More summer drink recipes: Cherry Lemonade MargaritasSpiked Watermelon LimeadeBlackberry Mint SpritzerPeach Moscow MuleVodka Lemonade with Raspberry

Cherries sit in a white bowl on a turquoise background

Let me tell you a little bit about Who Needs a Cape?

Lori and Heather are have been friends since they met online during their pregnancies, and their friendship has turned into a sisterhood.

Together, they formed their blog to share simple, easy to prepare recipes their families enjoy… and the occasional cocktail and dessert, too, so long as they don’t take too much time.

They say they don’t wear the “cape” so many super-moms seem to wear these days. (HI, hello. Who does? Not me!) Meaning… they’re real ladies who have real lives and who share what makes their lives easier, as well as bring smiles.

I had a hard time choosing which recipe to make off their blog because everything sounded scrumptious. I mean, hello, their Buttery Bacon Cheddar Rolls look mouthwateringly delicious. So do their Raspberry Lemon Bars. And don’t even get me started on their Watermelon Fizz Cocktail.

Ultimately, I chose the Cherry Bourbon Slush because I’m a sucker for a good bourbon drink… and because it’s cherry season!

Freaky Friday Summer 2019 banner

So… What Is Freaky Friday?

It’s an old-fashioned blog hop.

A blog hop, for those of y’all who haven’t been around the blogosphere for forever, is a collaboration between bloggers where everyone brings something to the table, then you link to one another when the posts go live.

Michaela from An Affair from the Heart, the lady who founded this quarterly collab, secretly assigns everyone another blogger, who we will choose and make a recipe from.

We make their recipe, photograph it as if it were our own, write a post about it with our own personal anecdote and then all share our posts on the selected Friday.

We hope that this collaboration helps you discover some amazing new recipes, as well as find new bloggers to follow!

You can check out these Boozy Bacon Pretzel Peanut Butter Bars, the recipe I made for the Winter 2019 Freaky Friday, and Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese, which I made for the Spring 2019 Freaky Friday.

Ingredients for the the slush drink are laid out before blending

What you’ll need to make a Cherry Bourbon Slush

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Ice is poured into a blender before the drink is made

How to make a Cherry Bourbon Slush

Measure out the ingredients.

This recipe, obviously, takes more measuring than anything else. (Hi, it’s a blender drink.) So it’s measure-heavy at the beginning.

When making this, you can measure the ice, bourbon, cherry juice and Sprite directly into the blender, or you can measure them into separate containers and let kitchen helpers assist you in the pouring.

Whatever you choose, just make your pours as accurate as possible.

Cherry juice is poured into a blender

Blend the ingredients.

The next step, obviously, is to blend everything together.

If you like your slush a little less ice-y, you can add ½ cup less ice.

Personally, I like mine where it ended up for these photos—pretty slushy, but still drinkable. And still super flavorful, too.

Bourbon is poured into a blender

Serve the drinks.

I chose to divide this recipe into two drinks because the bourbon can be a bit strong for me, though it’s delicious.

That said, if you want this to just be for you, no judgment. You can pour it into a highball glass instead of a smaller glass, like the ones shown in these photos.

Garnish with a maraschino cherry, add some colorful paper straws and serve immediately!

Sprite is poured into the blender

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

Slush drinks are perfect for warm weather entertaining… but they’re not something you will want to make ahead because they separate.

I find slushes are best to mix as guests arrive and are looking for a drink.

The nice thing about this one, too, is that it’s customizable.

  • Skeptical about all that bourbon in the drink? Add 2 oz. instead of the 3 listed in the recipe.
  • Interested in a larger serving? You can mix up a whole one instead of diving it into two.
  • Just want a sip? Offer several smaller glasses to guests so everyone can have a sip!

And if they want it without alcohol, you can make that happen, too! Personally, I think this Cherry Bourbon Slush would be incredible on its own without the bourbon. Basically, it’s a Shirley Temple Slush.

Cherry Bourbon Slush is poured into a cup from the blender

Frequently Asked Questions

What the difference between a slush and a smoothie?

Quite honestly, 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!

Close up of two Cherry Bourbon Slushes on a marble background

What is the maraschino cherry juice you list in the recipe? 

You know the jar of maraschino cherries that you’ve got in your fridge? The juice inside there is the juice I’m talking about.

You can also use grenadine, though if you do that, this would technically be a Pomegranate Bourbon Slush since real grenadine is made with pomegranate juice.

Can I make a nonalcoholic Cherry 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 bourbon, mix it all up and call it a day! 

A Cherry Bourbon Slush from above, on a blue towel

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 drinking bourbon.

It doesn’t have to be Pappy or anything exceedingly fancy, but you want it to taste good. Quite honestly, you wouldn’t want to be mixing something exceedingly fancy into a mixed drink, but you want the alcohol to be palatable.

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

A woman grabs a glass of Cherry Bourbon Slush

Quick tips for making Cherry Bourbon Slush

  • Make it virgin by leaving out the bourbon!
  • Measure out your ingredients in advance for easy entertaining.
  • If you like more cherry flavor and less bourbon, simply pour in 2 oz. of bourbon instead of the noted 3.

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Take a look at all of our Summer 2019 Freaky Friday Recipes:

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

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

Here’s how I made this Cherry Bourbon Slush:  

Cherry Bourbon Slush
Yield: 2 drinks

Cherry Bourbon Slush

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Mix up a Cherry Bourbon Slush on a warm day! This adult slush drink is beautifully colorful, wonderfully bold and incredibly simple to make at home.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups ice
  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • 2 oz. maraschino cherry juice
  • 4 oz. lemon-lime soda

Instructions

    1. Measure out your ingredients into the base of your blender.
    2. Blend the ingredients together until smooth.
    3. Pour into two cocktail glasses, garnish with a maraschino
      cherry, add paper straws and serve immediately.

Notes

To make this a Virgin Cherry Slush, leave out the bourbon, and blend everything together.

What is maraschino cherry juice? You know the jar of maraschino cherries that you’ve got in your fridge? The juice inside there is the juice I’m talking about.



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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 232 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 83mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 32g Protein: 0g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

12 Comments

  1. Lisa Hitzeman

    We’re going to be on vacation next week and I’m going to make sure I pack all of the ingredients for this cocktail. It will be perfect for sipping on the beach!

    • Erin

      Heck yes! I hope you were able to bring the ingredients for these slushes with you, Lisa, because I think they would be a perfect beach sipper, too!

  2. Angela

    I am drooling over here! Its SO hot and this looks so perfectly refreshing! I’ve got to grab everything for this!

    • Erin

      I wish there was a way for me to send one your way, Angela! It’s truly perfect for a super hot day.

  3. Jennifer A Stewart

    I was never a sucker for bourbon even though my husband is an AVID bourbon drinker and collector but I had a bartender in Kentucky add some raspberry gingerale to it and I loved it! Once I started trying cherries with bourbon I fell in love all over again! Bourbon always seemed like a “winter” or cold weather spirit but this slush version is my new summer favorite! And I can drink it with Brooks!

    • Erin

      Oh my goodness, that’s too funny about your husband and you… and that bartender changing your tune with raspberry ginger ale and cherries! That makes me really happy because I feel like bourbon sometimes needs a little sweetness to it to get started. (At least, that’s how it worked for me.)

      I normally think of bourbon as a more wintery drink, too, but this slush is absolutely 100% summery. I hope you and Brooks enjoy it as much as we did!

  4. Amy Nash

    I’m totally making the non-alcoholic version for me and my kids! And I had NO idea that real grenadine was made with pomegranate juice! That’s so surprising!

    • Erin

      You ABSOLUTELY should, Amy! When I made this, I kept thinking, “This would be great without the booze, too.” So I hope you and your girls enjoy it!

      Isn’t that a funny fact? I didn’t know that for the longest time, either. Glad that you learned something reading this post!

  5. Michaela Kenkel

    These are the perfect summertime sipper!! We have friends coming to the pool next weekend, and I found my cocktail!! (because THIS girl has two thumbs and loves a good cocktail, too!! ) Thanks!!

    • Erin

      This truly is, Michaela! I hope that this slush delighted everyone’s tastebuds when you had friends over to the pool. Here’s to good cocktails and the summertime and finding something you can sip by the poolside!

  6. Brandi Burgess

    Wonderful and SO refreshing!

    • Erin

      Yes, it truly is! Cheers to that.

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