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Apple Cider Bourbon Slushies

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Refreshing frozen apple cider, spiked with bourbon---my new favorite way to beat the heat! | spachethespatula.com #recipeI come bearing frozen beverages for this hot weather. To make it even better, there’s alcohol involved 😀

Last week, and the week before, my little sisters flew up from Florida to visit me (YAY). It was kind of a spur of the moment thing that came together in just a couple days.

One of our first stops was Pike Place Market. I may be the only Seattle resident that’s obsessed with the place… Though you have to fight your way through thick crowds of tourists who like to stop and stare right in the center of the walkway (um, move along…), it’s worth it for the crazy amazing food and fun things you can find there—especially the produce!

Refreshing frozen apple cider, spiked with bourbon---my new favorite way to beat the heat! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Refreshing frozen apple cider, spiked with bourbon---my new favorite way to beat the heat! | spachethespatula.com #recipeOne thing we saw all over the market was frozen apple cider. I don’t recall them having it every year, but it’s possible I just wasn’t paying attention, haha! There had to be like 7 different stalls selling it, and nothing could have looked more appealing on a 90+ degree Summer day.

I knew I’d have to make my own, but naturally it was necessary to add booze… that’s just how I roll.

These slushies are so stupid easy to make. All you need is apple cider (or unfiltered apple juice…as I found out they are the same thing), bourbon, ice, and some bitters if you’re feeling adventurous. I like to add some bitters for a slightly more complex flavor profile, but it’s not necesarry.

And, if you want them to be super cute, you can rim the glasses with cinnamon-sugar, like I did 🙂 I used big, coarse turbinado sugar, but granulated sugar would also work, and be a lot more delicate.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what the apples are in the photos, they are the most amazing dried cinnamon apple slices from whole foods! I plopped a few in my slushie, too.

Refreshing frozen apple cider, spiked with bourbon---my new favorite way to beat the heat! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

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Apple Cider Bourbon Slushies

Yield: 2 slushies

Ingredients:

  • about 2 cups of ice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • a few dashes of bitters
  • agave syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tbsp sugar (I used turbinado sugar)

Directions:

  1. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar on a plate. Rub just a bit of agave syrup around the rims of two glasses, and roll in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  2. In blender, blend together the ice, apple cider, bourbon, and bitters. Pour into the prepared glasses.

Refreshing frozen apple cider, spiked with bourbon---my new favorite way to beat the heat! | spachethespatula.com #recipe Refreshing frozen apple cider, spiked with bourbon---my new favorite way to beat the heat! | spachethespatula.com #recipe

   

3 Responses to “Apple Cider Bourbon Slushies”

  1. Amanda — August 11, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Ahh these look/sound like they turned out so amazing!! Wish I got to try one! 😋 love the addition of bitters 👌🏽

  2. CakePants — August 11, 2015 at 6:31 am

    These look like the perfect thing to help transition me from summer into fall, when apples are starting to become abundant but it’s still warm outside! I’m starting to think I had a very abnormal experience at Pike Place Market when I visited my brother in Seattle…it actually wasn’t crowded at all!

    • Rachael replied: — August 11th, 2015 @ 10:56 am

      Ack maybe you came in the winter on weekday?? Summers there are CRAZY!

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