The Ultimate Guide to Making a Whiskey Sour Slushy

If you’re looking for a fun and refreshing way to enjoy your whiskey or gin, this Boozy Lemon Slushy is the answer. With a tart lemon base and a sweet touch of red wine syrup, this frozen treat will give you a delightful experience.


  • 1 1/4 cup lemon juice (from 8 to 10 lemons)
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered or bottled water
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 7 tablespoons bourbon or rye, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (from 1 to 2 lemons)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine (sweeter, less oaked varieties are preferred)
  • 3/4 cup sugar


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, water, corn syrup, whiskey, lemon zest, and salt until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the freezer and let it chill for about 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Pour the chilled base into an ice cream maker and churn until it resembles soft sorbet, without any liquid pooling on the top. The mixture should hold its shape when pressed with a spoon. 

Once churned, transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer until you’re ready to serve.

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the red wine and sugar over high heat. Continue cooking until the wine reduces by half and reaches a syrupy consistency, registering at 222°F on a candy thermometer. Transfer the syrup to a container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.
  2. To serve, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the red wine syrup to the bottom of each serving bowl or cup. Scoop about 1/2 cup of the slushy base into a small work bowl, then stir in additional whiskey to suit your personal preference. 

The slushy base will remain semi-solid even with additional alcohol. Transfer to your serving cups or bowls over the red wine syrup layer. Use a spoon or a thick straw to enjoy your boozy lemon slushy.

If whiskey isn’t to your taste, you can choose to substitute it with gin. For a slushy daiquiri variant, use light rum and lime juice instead of bourbon and lemon juice.

Whether you’re hosting a party or looking for a creative way to enjoy your favorite spirits, this Boozy Lemon Slushy with Red Wine Syrup offers a versatile and delicious option. Cheers!

Jason Sweeney

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