We all know my affinity for Bourbon Slushees (I’ve stated out loud more than once that if 7-Eleven were ever to invest in a Bourbon Slushee machine in my area, I would be in at least once per day to purchase an extra large cup, along with a couple of those beef jerky sticks in the clear plastic bins that thousands of people touch).

For now, I’ll have to make them at home, along with my newest interpretation of sophistication: the Negroni Slushee.

Or more specifically, the Watermelon Negroni Slushee.

There’s nothing better than taking a classic, refined cocktail with decades of chronicled history behind it and reducing it to something you could buy on the Vegas strip in one of those 3-foot long plastic tubes.

In other words, it ruins cocktail purists’ day, and for reasons I can’t explain, that brings me joy.

In this case, it simply had to be done because the Watermelon Negroni Slushee, with it’s bitter and refreshing flavors is absolutely and unapologetically delightful. And it’s still summer for a little bit longer. Which means you can be sophisticated and still remain child-like, all in one drunken summer afternoon while streaking down your Slip-n-Slide.

So, take your snob hat off and stay for awhile. Don’t be Sam from Green Eggs and Ham. Try it, try it and you will see..

You’ll love, love, love the Watermelon Negroni Slushee!

The best advice I can give for any cocktail that you are going to blend that contains only alcohol and no mixers is to mix them all in a one covered container and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours so that when the liquid hits the ice, it doesn’t dilute the drink nearly as much.

Nothing melts ice faster than liquor.

Also, even though we are blending drinks like we’re at TGIF’s, it goes without saying to use quality alcohol for each. I’ll leave it up to your preference.


4 oz. Gin
2 oz. Campari
2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 Cup Watermelon Cubes
3 Cups of Ice


1. Mix the three alcohols together in a container with a lid and put in the freezer to chill for at least 2 hours.

2. When you’re ready, place alcohol, watermelon and ice in the blender and blend on high until smooth.

3. Pour into fancy summer glasses and garnish with a watermelon slice.

Enjoy your slushee and be careful, because it’s habit-forming!

Cheer, until next time,


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