Is it a drink or dessert? Who cares? It satisfies both cravings. Our garnet-colored slush has all the qualities of a delicious cocktail--a not-too-sweet combination of high-quality liquor and fruity tang. Make sure to steer clear of above-80-proof bourbon; it won't freeze solid enough to become slushy. Garnish with any fresh herb.
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup granulated sugar
Dash of salt
4 cups fresh cranberries (about 1 pound)
1 1/3 cups 80-proof bourbon
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
Combine 1 1/2 cups water, sugar, and salt in a microwave-safe dish; microwave at HIGH for 3 minutes. Stir until sugar dissolves. Combine sugar syrup and cranberries in a blender; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a sieve lined with a double layer of cheesecloth over a bowl; press mixture to extract liquid. Discard solids.
Combine cranberry mixture, bourbon, and lemon juice in a freezer-safe bowl, stirring well. Freeze mixture overnight or until partially frozen. Scrape mixture with a fork until slushy; serve immediately.