How To Make a Bourbon Paralyzer
How To Make a Bourbon Paralyzer

Today, I needed a paralyzer cocktail. Today’s already been a day full of adventures, I’ve spent the last two hours in the medicentre getting a piece of glass dug out of the bottom of my foot, stitched up, jabbed with a tetanus shot and now I’m going to hobble around the next few days thanks to the stitched up cut in the bottom of my foot. All thanks to a glass that didn’t want to bounce off my hardwood floors and decided to smash instead. How rude.

Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I got stitches. My c-section with my daughter over 8 years ago? I think so.

Lesson #1: if you think you might have glass in the bottom of your foot, just go and get it out. It’s better than waiting like I did realizing oh…there’s still glass there. Sigh. I always put things off.

Lesson #2 : Holy crap, does a needle in the bottom of your foot hurt, dudes. I have a couple of tattoos, no fear of needles whatsoever  ( I don’t even flinch for needles anymore, they barely hurt) but I admit it, I yelped when the good ol’ doctor froze the bottom of my foot. There might have been a “Holy Sh&T!” exclaimed as well and some eyes watering.

Remind me never to tattoo the bottom of my foot.

So I’m home and hobbling – nothing like a nasty stitched cut on the ball of your foot for a week – and I’m thinking of putting my feet up and drinking something refreshing.

This past week camping I was playing around with bourbon and by now I am sure you all realize that I love me some bourbon.

I also love retro drinks. I don’t need no stinkin’ herb infused fancy cocktails (though I will drink them) I am solidly in love with old classics.

Nothing screams of my bar days in the 90’s like a paralyzer. These along with vodka slimes and candy apples…oh yah baby, we are flashing back to the good ol’ buck a drink days!

Do you remember those? Dollar highballs? It’s like an urban legend that one day I will tell my children. Heck, already people I know that are 10 years younger than me never got to enjoy those watered down cocktails of old.

This weekend I wanted a bourbon paralyzer, which is just taking the basic paralyzer and subbing in bourbon for the vodka.

Let me tell you, it’s a vast improvement. Bourbon and Kahlua?  Delicious! Those two are going to make an appearance together again, I’m just not sure how. Seriously yummy.

Now this isn’t a drink for the fainthearted, with a solid 3 ounces of liquor in it! You can definitely tone it down to half the amounts but keep the proportions if you can.

Have fun my darlings! When’s the last time you had a paralyzer?

And do YOU remember those dollar highballs? I’m not that old, so there must be some of you that remember! Oh, the good times I had in the Carstairs Hotel bar…. 😉



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A modern take on the classic Paralyzer. It's SO much better with bourbon! #cocktail #bourbon


How To Make a Bourbon Paralyzer
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
A modern take on the classic Paralyzer. It's SO much better with bourbon!
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paralyzer
Servings: 1
Calories: 322 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 4 oz coke
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz kahlua
  • 3 oz milk or cream if you dare
  • whipped cream
  • cherry
  • 1/2 cup ice
  1. Pour the coke into the bottom of a large cocktail glass then add the ice.
  2. Combine the milk with the bourbon and the kahlua - this prevents it from curdling.
  3. Pour into the glass.
  4. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
How To Make a Bourbon Paralyzer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 44mg 2%
Potassium 112mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Sugars 27g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Calcium 9.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.





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  1. Mary Ann Hyndman Smith Reply

    Yes, I remember this as a paralyzer, after one of my friends ordered one and got roofied too. It was a good thing that I was the designated driver and could get her home safely.

  2. Julie Scriver Reply

    I still make paralyzers, love them! I also loved Brandy Alexanders when my girlfriend and I would go to the bars.

  3. Sheryl L McDonald Reply

    Alabama Slammers and Ruby Slippers. Ruby Slippers are still one of my faves

  4. Heather Andrews McGuire Reply

    Long Island Iced Teas and China White shooters. I feel ill just uttering the words.

  5. Phyllis Roy Reply

    Strawberry Daiquiri’s and White Russians were two popular drinks in the ’70s!!

  6. Rosaline Linhart Reply

    mostly now I stick to wine…I found the recipe tucked into a 1957 cookbook

  7. Rosaline Linhart Reply

    Recipe for a Pink Lady…not to be confused with the treatment drink in an emergency ward…… for 1 drink 1 egg white, 1tsp grenadine,1 tsp half & half cream ,1,5oz gin 1cup crushd ice..

  8. Sharon Thomas Reply

    They were my Grandmother’s favorite drink, at home she would just mix gin with fresca and add a maraschino cherry with a dribble of the juice

  9. Sharon Thomas Reply

    1/2 ounce gin
    1/2 ounce applejack or apple brandy
    1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 egg white*
    2 liberal dashes of grenadine syrup (approx. 1/4 ounce total)
    Optional garnish: Maraschino cherry

  10. Kendyl Hudson Reply

    Ahh to be young again…many a night I don’t remember there lol

  11. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    Science is very, very important you know. It’s a worthy cause.

  12. Rosaline Linhart Reply

    I will have to see if I can find an old recipe for it.

  13. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    Hhaha ok I might have laughed out loud at the auto-pour part of that!

  14. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    Ok the name is just adorable lol! That sounds SOooo good!

  15. Rosaline Linhart Reply

    Pink Lady’s now I think they are just gross, in the 70’s they were the In drink for bridal showers…. Gin should never go with cream…

  16. Sharon Thomas Reply

    In the …ahem…late 70’s whilst travelling in Australia, the drink of choice as a Fluffy Duck, equal parts white rum and advocaat mixed with either lemonade or pineapple juice and cream floated on the top. They went down easy…some days too easy! lol

  17. Quadelle Rose Reply

    I remember the Long Island Ice Tea being popular in the early 90’s… during my brief (thank goodness!!!), “bar days…” :))

  18. Lorna Dolan Reply

    Absolutely I remember the paralyzer. Now, do you remember the dirty mother

  19. Kendyl Hudson Reply

    I loooooove cherry whiskey paralyzers! I used to drink so many regular paralyzers, the bar in Athabasca would automatically pour me one when they saw me come in lol

  20. Dayna Burnell Reply

    Oh my goodness. WHY. I swore my paralyzer days were long over! And now you do this to me! I’ll have to make one or five…for science.

  21. Jennifer Print Reply

    OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG when i was introduced to drinking, it was by these yummy drinks.. and they are still one of my favs… now to send hubby to the liquor store lol

  22. Debbie Robinson Woloshyn Reply

    Used to love Singapore Slings and Long Island Iced Teas. Never heard of the Vodka Slimes and Candy Apples – but they sound interesting! And I do believe there were a few inappropriate named shooters that I may have sampled once or twice

  23. Rosaline Linhart Reply

    quite a few years ago, my mother who was in her 80’s,enjoyed a good drink. I had introduced her to the joys of Harveyl Wallbangers. One evening I took her out for supper and the young man serving asked if we would like a drink. Oh yes please said she…I’ll have a Harvey Ballwanger. I thought the poor server would choke trying not to laugh,, here she was a sweet little old white haired lady of about 85 asking for that….. By the time he got back to the kitchen, everyone back there was laughing He was very cool about it, brought the drink and presented it to her with the words Here is your Harvey Ballwanger ma’am , never batting an eye..Very classy of him not humiliating her. She lived to 99 1/2 and never ever knew she had mixed up the name.

  24. elysechatt Reply

    I have never had a paralyzer, but it sounds like my kinda party! 

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