Thursday, July 1, 2010

Southern Summer in a Glass—Bourbon Slush

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumbIt seems like every Thursday, I’m commenting on how hot it is. But the forecasters keep promising us a break…and then, somehow, the front stalls out.

Sometimes you want a cold drink when you’re in the middle of a heat wave. And you’ve had lemonade, and you’ve drunk sweet tea, and you’ve guzzled gallons of water.

What you want is a refreshing spiked drink. :) Just to survive the heat wave, you understand, and keep your spirits up (no pun intended.) If you’re in the South, you might want a bourbon. And a bourbon slush would be the perfect way to go. Fruity, practically frozen, and with just enough oomph to get you through your heat wave fatigue.

2010-06-29 17.43.45Bourbon Slush

2 regular teabags
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup bourbon
1-6 oz can frozen orange juice
1-12 oz can frozen lemonade
3 1/2 cups water

After steeping tea bag for 5 minutes in hot water, dissolve sugar into tea while still hot, then add bourbon, and water to the mixture. Freeze. Stir before serving.

Hope it’s nice and cool where you are…and if it’s not, that you’re finding ways to handle the heat! :)

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Delicious and Suspicious (July 6 2010) Riley Adams
Pretty is as Pretty Dies –Elizabeth Spann Craig

And now I want to encourage you to enter the June contest here at Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen! My friend, the talented Avery Aames, has an exciting contest for us. We’re celebrating the upcoming release of The Long Quiche Goodbye and here’s how you can enter:

Avery's "You Be The Sleuth" Contest!

Avery’s first book in A Cheese Shop Mystery series, The Long Quiche Goodbye, debuts July 6. To celebrate its release, Avery is running a contest from June 9 to July 6! You be the sleuth! Track down the recipe on Avery's website that includes eggs, Edam, and white pepper. Enter your answer by clicking on this link: CONTEST ENTRY FORM.

One of you will win a $25 gift certificate at your favorite bookstore. Two of you will win signed copies of The Long Quiche Goodbye. Three of you will win a Long Quiche Goodbye magnet. You can ask friends for help. Spread the word and share the fun. And while you're there, consider pre-ordering a book on Avery's booksellers page.

Here is the link to Avery’s website to help get you started.

Good luck!


  1. Thanks for a wonderful drink recipe. LUVED the alcohol free Mojito. Can't wait to try this one too. It's 90+ degrees this week in DC. Quick note, I entered Avery's contest and the form said the contest ended June 30, not July 6. Hope it's just a typo. Can't wait to go shopping on the 6th for both your books. My 5th grader can't get enough mysteries. She's positively devouring them! Thanks!

  2. Oh this definitely sounds refreshing for here. Our forecasters are like your's. They say it's going to cool down with so far that's only been a dream. This sounds like the perfect way to cool down. Thanks.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. This sounds like a delight! Refreshing and cool and different! Thanks so much, Riley!


  4. Wow, that sounds great even to a northern (say Canadian) gal. Thanks Riley.


    Charlotte Adams mysteries

  5. I thought it was difficult to get alcohol to freeze--but it sounds worth trying.

    Okay, which one of you lovely ladies talked about using coconut oil in cooking? (Yeah, I'm too lazy to wade through the archives.) I finally have some, and now I need to know what to do with it.

  6. My late grandmother in law use to make this. It's amazing!

  7. Suz--Oh, I bet DC is baking right now!

    Avery's contest was extended, so you're good! Thanks so much for entering!

    Mason--Well, now that I've fussed about the weather, it's finally! Still good to have bourbon slush, though. :)


    Mary Jane--Hope you'll enjoy it! I have a feeling even Canada is getting hot these days. :)

    Sheila--You're so right--it won't freeze all the way because of the alcohol. But it gets pretty close!

    Ahh...I think it was Krista, Sheila. Here's her coconut cake recipe that uses coconut oil:
    Juju--Pretty tasty, isn't it? :)

  8. Oh, this is a winner of a drink recipe. True Southern comfort on a hot, sticky day; and, thank goodenss, I get along MUCH better with bourbon than with rum. Thanks, Riley, and I'm counting the days until I can finally meet Lulu in your first Memphis BBQ Mystery: DECLICIOUS AND SUSPICIOUS. Woot!

    ~ Cleo
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  9. Cleo--Your mention of bourbon made me think of this recipe! :) Hope you'll enjoy the slush...and "Delicious and Suspicious!" :)

  10. wonder if I could make this with scotch. I could, right? Sounds yummy. And what about a twist of mint? Refreshing!

    Thanks for inspiration, Riley! Are you getting excited about your launch? Wahoo!


  11. Avery, I think this would be *excellent* with scotch. But then, everything IS excellent with scotch. :)

    I'm excited about the launch--and excited to have you share the release day with me! Can't wait for "Long Quiche Goodbye!"

  12. Elizabeth, I'm not a bourbon drinker, but honestly, this sounds like something I would love. I'll have to try it!

    Suz, I think your 5th grader would love The Long Quiche Goodbye. The protagonist has twin nieces about that age!

    ~ Krista

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