An Outdated-Fashioned slushie for National Bourbon Day

MILWAUKEE — With temperatures exterior hotter than the insides of a bratwurst on the grill, it’s a very good time to switch your Old-Fashioned into a cocktail slush. But just dumping the ingredients — ice and all — into a Magic Bullet is just not likely to do the job.

Making a slush version of any cocktail starts by deconstructing what defines the cocktail, said Great Lakes Distillery main mixologist, Brendan Cleary.

“What’s the most important thing that stands out,” he claimed. “In an Aged-Fashioned it’s orange, cherry is secondary, so you want to pull out the orange and bourbon flavors.”

Cleary is familiar with how to build a cocktail slush. Good Lakes Distillery sells 10 gallons of the boozy iced beverages in the tasting area every weekend for the duration of the summer season, he mentioned. The double slush machine often has Caramel Milwaukiato Slush (a mix of Nonetheless & Oak Straight Bourbon, Good Land Coffee Liqueur, coffee, caramel, cream with whipped topping and espresso dusting) completely ready to go on a single aspect and rotation of many cocktail slushes on the other.

This Bourbon Outdated-Fashioned Sweet Slush was a very first at Wonderful Lakes, he said, in honor of the bourbon’s 2021 gold medal from the Denver Global Spirits Competition.

If you skipped it at the tasting space, this is how to make it at home.

Bourbon Previous-Fashioned Sweet Slush 

16 ounces orange juice 

16 ounces lemon-lime soda

7 ounces Wonderful Lakes Distillery However & Oak Straight Bourbon 

3 ounces juice from canned cherries 

½ ounce bitters 

1 potent bar spoon of confectioners sugar 

Cherries and orange wedges for garnish (optional)

In a huge measuring cup or mixing bowl, combine orange juice and soda. Pour into little paper or plastic cups, much less than 4 ounces each individual, and freeze right away. 

Combine bourbon, cherry juice, bitters and sugar in blender or foods processor. Incorporate frozen orange juice soda blocks. Flippantly blend in 10-next increments till the slush has a thick texture with out large chunks.  

Pour into 4 cocktail eyeglasses. Garnish with cherries and orange wedge. 

(Recipe from Fantastic Lakes Distillery)

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Turning the Old-Fashioned cocktail into a slush starts by deconstructing the drink to identify the key flavors. This slush recipe from Great Lakes Distillery builds on the bourbon, orange and bitters flavors. Cherry juice adds a pinkish-red color.

TASTING NOTES: Cherry may well be the secondary fruit flavor, but the juice turns this drink into a acceptable summery pinkish-red hue. 

A well-balanced blend of bourbon, orange and bitters flavors move all through the icy texture. All individuals flavors stay strong even as it melts. No ice cubes usually means no watery melt to dilute this cocktail.

Products: Large measuring cup, mixing bowl, picket spoon, small (less than 4-ounces) paper or plastic cups, cooking sheet, shot glass, spoon, ladle and blender or food processor.

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