If I haven't already stated if before, I am a huge bourbon fan. It is, by far, my favorite liquor and at any time you can find, at least 4 or more different bourbons in my home bar. That being said, I don't tend to drink much bourbon in the summer. I find it to be too heavy and it often lends itself to flavors more associated with Fall and Winter. That's not to say I don't enjoy the occasional glass of straight bourbon while sitting on the deck, enjoying the sunset, or one of the many cocktails that lighten and refresh bourbon using a variety of citrus juices. But it was just recently that I hit upon my new, favorite way to enjoy bourbon in those dog days of summer-The Bourbon Peach Slush.
The recipe below will make about a half gallon of slush mix or about 8-10 servings, but this recipe is easily doubled or tripled and since you are putting it in the freezer why not make a large batch to keep around for those hot summer days. The other great thing about this recipe is that you can play with the ratio of bourbon to peach schnapps. For this party I went a bit heavier than the 1:1 ratio, favoring the peach schnapps. If I was making this for me I would probably go heavier on the bourbon although my wife would probably disagree. As long as the total amount of booze doesn’t go above 2 cups then feel free to play however you wish, even going so far as to drop the peach schnapps all together if you really like bourbon.
Bourbon Peach Slush
makes 1/2 gallon of slush mix
4 tea bags, black tea
4 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 6oz can orange juice concentrate
1 12 oz can lemonade concentrate
1 cup bourbon, your favorite brand (don’t use the really cheap stuff, but also no need to use ultra expensive either)
1 cup peach schnapps
lemon lime soda
Place tea bags, sugar and water in a sauce pot. Heat to just below boiling, turn off heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and add the frozen concentrates to cool the tea down. Add the bourbon and peach schnapps and place in a plastic container. Freeze for 3-4 hours. Stir and allow to freeze at least 6-8 hours longer, preferably overnight or longer.
To serve, fill a cup 2/3’s of the way with the slush then fill with lemon lime soda. Give a quick stir and serve.