This Frozen Old Fashioned is a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail, blending traditional flavors with a slushy texture. Even if you are not a fan of bourbon, you might still love this drink, especially in the summer! All of my taste testers, both bourbon and non-bourbon drinkers alike, were impressed and raved about how delicious this old-fashioned slush was! Looking for more summer drink ideas? I also have a refreshing Cranberry Vodka Slush that you could add to your Summer Drink Recipes.

Glasses of Frozen Old Fashioned on a wooden table with fresh orange slices and fresh cherries.
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Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Bourbon: The alcoholic base is bourbon, the classic choice for a typical Old Fashioned cocktail. For a spicier twist, you could try the drink with rye whiskey. Choose a bourbon you like to drink, but it doesn’t have to be on the highest end. You could also experiment with brandy, rum, or gin.
  • Fruit: Freeze a few cherries and peeled orange wedges to add to the old fashioned slush recipe. A splash or two of orange juice would also work.
  • Bitters: A popular choice for bitters is Angostura Bitters. But, you can look for any aromatic bitters. Orange bitters would also work, or use a little bit of both!
  • Simple Syrup: It’s easy to make simple syrup, so have that ready to go so it’s ready to use when you are ready to enjoy this frozen cocktail! As an alternative, you could use honey, agave syrup, or maple syrup.
  • Garnish: Serve the frozen old fashioned with an orange wedge and cherries for both visual appeal and a little added flavor!
Looking down into a glass of Frozen Old Fashioned with orange slices and fresh cherries.

How To Make A Frozen Old Fashioned Mocktail–Perfect For Summer!

If you are looking for a refreshing drink without the alcohol, it’s easy to make this into a Frozen Old Fashioned Mocktail–no alcohol, but all the delicious flavors! Instead of bourbon, look for a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute like Lyre’s American Malt or Spiritless Kentucky 74. If you can’t find a non-alcoholic spirit, you could also make the Old Fashion with strong brewed black tea, letting it cool before making the mocktail slush.

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Can I Make and Store a Frozen Old Fashioned in the Freezer?

Yes, you can get this frozen Old Fashioned made ahead of time and stored in the freezer. Here is how:

  1. Blend the ingredients.
  2. Pour the blended mixture into a freezer-safe container with an airtight lid.
  3. Store in the freezer.
  4. When ready to enjoy, remove the container from the freezer. Let it sit at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes to soften slightly.
  5. Stir or blend the mixture to ensure it’s evenly slushy. If it’s too firm, you can blend it briefly to restore the smooth texture.
  6. Pour the mixture into a chilled glass and garnish with an orange slice and cherries.
Glasses of Frozen Old Fashioned on a wooden table.
5 from 1 vote

Frozen Old Fashioned

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
This Frozen Old Fashioned is a refreshing twist on the classic cocktail, blending traditional flavors with a slushy texture. Even if you are not a fan of bourbon, you might still love this drink, especially in the summer! All of my taste testers, both bourbon and non-bourbon drinkers alike, were impressed and raved about how delicious it was!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ¼ cup frozen cherries, stems removed
  • 4 frozen orange wedges, peels removed (about ½ an orange)
  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 1 ½ cups ice

Garnish

  • orange slice
  • cherries

Instructions

  • To a blender, add bourbon, cherries, oranges, bitters, simple syrup, and ice.
  • Blend the mixture until smooth and slushy (30-45 seconds). If the mixture is too thick, add a small amount of water (1-2 tablespoons) to help it blend smoothly.
  • Pour the blended mixture into a lowball glass. Garnish with orange slices and cherries. Cheers!

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:

Autumn

A frozen old fashioned? Nice! The bourbon mixed with those frozen cherries and oranges is refreshing! It's a whole vibe, and I'm here for it.

Elizabeth

I do like bourbon, but not always in an Old Fashioned. This slushie, as I like to call it, is SO GOOD! I think it could be a little too easy to sip this summer…

Bella

This drink is not really my thing, but I would sip on it if offered! It was better than I thought it would be, though.

Selena

You have to try this frozen old fashioned. (Well, you don't HAVE to, but I highly encourage it.) The bourbon, the frozen cherries, the oranges – it's like a little taste of paradise. So refreshing!

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Reader Comments

    1. Hi Hanea! I often try to answer questions I think folks will ask, and this one is answered right in the blog post. Should you have questions in the future, please do feel free to check out the blog post and see if it was answered for you. 🙂

      How To Make A Frozen Old Fashioned Mocktail–Perfect For Summer!
      If you are looking for a refreshing drink without the alcohol, it’s easy to make this into a Frozen Old Fashioned Mocktail–no alcohol, but all the delicious flavors! Instead of bourbon, look for a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute like Lyre’s American Malt or Spiritless Kentucky 74. If you can’t find a non-alcoholic spirit, you could also make the Old Fashion with strong brewed black tea, letting it cool before making the mocktail slush.

  1. Tried this using orange bitters and candied, brandied tipsy cherries (Weber Grill Restaurant in Indianapolis). Delicious!

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