No. 2: The drink that brings out the kid in every alcoholic

Sno-Kone Syrups

Like this, but not at all.

While I come from a predominately beer-centric family, we do mix things up a little during the holidays by cracking open the hard stuff.  Since I was a kid and into the present, two of my aunts (both nuns) have made Christmastime synonymous with a special type of cocktail that you don’t drink—you eat.

Called a Bourbon Slush, this concoction looks like an orange snow cone, smells like whiskey mixed with OJ, and you eat it with a spoon (although you can slurp up the sticky, melted remnants from the bottom of the glass, too).  Most of my holiday memories are interspersed with images of the adults lounging around the fireplace, scooping the mixture into their mouths.  As a kid I thought it looked great because, hey, snow cones!  As an adult I love this drink because, hey, Bourbon!  Drinks like these bring out the kid in every alcoholic.

Bourbon Slush:

(You may need to double the recipe if you can’t find 6 ounces of concentrate. Shucks.)

  • 1 cup of brewed black tea
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 6 ounces of canned, frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 6 ounces of canned, frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of your favorite Bourbon (I come from a Maker’s Mark family)

Freeze for at least 12 hrs.

Put in a glass, eat with a spoon.

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Chris Bruns is a self-professed beer geek living in Denver. Chris spends much of his time brewing beer at home with friends and family, attempting to visit every brewery in Colorado, attending special beer events and festivals, purchasing and assessing the latest releases from local breweries, and blogging about his adventures in the world of craft beer. He is also the Denver Craft Beer Examiner on Contact Chris by e-mail at or through his blog at