glass of peach slushie with grapefruit
Photography, Stacey Brandford; recipe, Soo Kim

Frozen Paloma With Bourbon

Grapefruit and lemon make this citrusy adults-only slushie the perfect summer treat.

Everyone loves drinking a refreshing paloma (or two) in the summer, so why not make your paloma into a slushie? Better still, swap out tequila for bourbon whiskey, which adds a level of depth and richness to the classic paloma cocktail recipe. If you’re making this for guests, get it prepped and in the freezer about two hours before they arrive. Or you can make earlier in the day, just ensure you take it out from the freezer a bit early so that it isn’t frozen solid. And hey, no blender is required for this slushie cocktail!

glass of peach slushie with grapefruit

Frozen Paloma

Grapefruit and lemon make this citrusy adults-only slushie made bourbon whiskey the perfect summer treat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course cocktail
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 ruby red grapefruit peel removed
  • 1 large lemon peel removed
  • cup Bourbon Whiskey
  • ½ cup sparkling pink grapefruit soda
  • cup agave syrup or honey
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt or sea salt
  • 6 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 3 cups ice
  • mint for garnish
  • sliced grapefruit wheel for garnish


  • In a blender, purée grapefruit, lemon, Bourbon Whiskey, grapefruit soda, agave, salt and Angostura bitters until smooth. Add ice and purée until smooth. Pour into a shallow casserole dish and freeze until slushy, about 2 hours.
  • Divide among glasses and garnish with mint and grapefruit, adding more grapefruit soda for a loose sipping slushie.


Tip: Reduce the work of squeezing and straining citrus by peeling, chopping and throwing it all in a blender. And don’t forgo the salt – it enhances the grapefruit flavour.
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