If you’re looking for brand-new signature drink, this bold beverage just might be the one. It’s chilled to perfection, but you’re going to get some tasty heat from cayenne and red pepper jelly. Bourbon and ginger beer form the base of the icy slush, while the spicy touches of cayenne and red pepper jelly give a complementary kick to the rich bourbon and spicy ginger beer flavors. You’re going to be feeling satisfyingly torn between hot and cold sensations when slurping this cocktail down, making these boozy adult-friendly slushies perfect for warm days at the tailgate. We recommend bringing plenty of supplies, because both you and your guests will likely want more than one. While this drink would be mighty good on the rocks if you’re momentarily estranged from a blender, you’d have to leave out the game-changing red pepper jelly. The blended iciness ties it all together perfectly. We were inspired by the spike in popularity this past year we saw in frozen cocktails, and it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere. From frosé to bushwackers, frozen cocktails have been cooling Southerners off all summer long—keep it going with this new slush recipe that’s ready to take you into the steamy days of tailgating in the South and beyond. A great tip to go along with any frozen beverage like this: pop the glasses in the freezer to get them ready to keep the slush cold and icy the whole time you’re enjoying it. You’ll be gearing up for the cool ice and warm kick this slush never fails to give, and your guests will be dying to know your secret ingredient!
3 cups ice cubes
1 (6.8-oz.) bottle ginger beer (such as Fever-Tree), chilled
1/2 cup (4 oz.) bourbon
3 tablespoons red pepper jelly
Pinch of cayenne pepper
How to Make It
Chill 2 rocks glasses 15 minutes. Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth and thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Pour into chilled glasses, and serve immediately.