Blackberry Bourbon Smash

This blackberry bourbon smash recipe is a fun and fruity drink for the bourbon lover! Made with fresh blackberries, mint, lime juice, simple syrup, bourbon, and topped with club soda.

close up of a lowball glass of blackberry whiskey smash garnished with fresh mint and blackberries on a cocktail pick.

If you’ve been looking for summer cocktails with bourbon, this blackberry bourbon smash recipe is for you! This refreshing cocktail is perfect for a warm summer night.

This style of drink is called a smash for a reason: by muddling (or “smashing”) the fruit and herbs it helps to extract the oils and juices to really infuse the flavors into your cocktail. The fresh blackberries and mint scream summer and meld wonderfully with the bourbon.

TELL ME ABOUT MAKING THIS BOURBON SMASH RECIPE

Level of difficulty: Easy. Minimal cutting required for the lemon, then all you need to do is muddle, shake, strain, and enjoy.

Flavor: The blackberry, mint, and lime all shine through in this drink, making this one of the best summer bourbon cocktails!

Time: It will take you approximately 5 minutes to mix up your whiskey smash.

ingredients needed to make a blackberry bourbon smash.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • Fresh Blackberries
  • Fresh Mint
  • Lime
  • Simple Syrup
  • Bourbon
  • Club Soda

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE A BLACKBERRY BOURBON SMASH

  1. Place blackberries, mint leaves, and lime wedges in a shaker.
  2. Muddle until well-smashed.
  3. Add simple syrup, bourbon, and ice to the shaker and shake vigorously, until the outside of the shaker is very cold (approximately 15 seconds).
  4. Strain the contents of the shaker into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and optionally garnish your glass with additional mint, blackberries, and/or a lime slice.
  5. Sip and enjoy!
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RECIPE VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Change up the citrus: try lemon instead of the lime.
  • Try a different fresh herb: fresh basil is another fun option for summer cocktails
  • Swap out the soda: instead of the club soda, try a splash of ginger beer, ginger ale, or flavored sparkling water of choice
  • Use a different sweetener: if you do not have simple syrup, granulated sugar, agave syrup, or honey would also work. This honey simple syrup would also be good.
  • Try a different fresh fruit: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches are all great summer fruits to try.

WHAT IS THE BEST BOURBON TO USE TO MAKE A BOURBON SMASH?

Since there are minimal ingredients in this cocktail, using a high-quality bourbon is important when making a blackberry bourbon smash. Three of my favorites are J.Henry & Sons, Makers Mark Cask Strength, and Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. But the best bourbon for this summer bourbon drink recipe is a bourbon that you enjoy! 

close up of a lowball glass of blackberry whiskey smash garnished with fresh mint and blackberries on a cocktail pick.

FAQS

Substitutes for bourbon in this bourbon smash recipe. In a pinch, most whiskeys will serve as a good substitute. The name ‘bourbon’ is short for ‘bourbon whiskey’, and there are many other types of whisky too. I would recommend a smoother style of whiskey, like an Irish Whiskey or Blended Whiskey. 

Do I need to strain my drink? The short answer is no, but I highly recommend it. I personally find this bourbon smash recipe much more enjoyable when strained because of the large seeds in the fresh blackberries. If you’d prefer to skip this step, you can muddle your ingredients directly in your glass and stir your drink instead of shaking it.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Jigger

Cocktail Shaker

Strainer

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Blackberry Bourbon Smash

If you’ve been looking for summer cocktails with bourbon, this blackberry bourbon smash recipe is for you! This refreshing cocktail is perfect for a warm summer night.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4-5 fresh blackberries
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • juice of 1/2 of a medium lime
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • club soda to top

Instructions
 

  • Place blackberries, mint leaves, and lime wedges in a shaker.
  • Muddle until well-smashed.
  • Add simple syrup, bourbon, and ice to the shaker and shake vigorously, until the outside of the shaker is very cold (approximately 15 seconds).
  • Strain the contents of the shaker into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and optionally garnish your glass with additional mint, blackberries, and/or a lime slice.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Notes

Need the recipe for simple syrup? Grab the recipe here!
Substitutes for bourbon in this bourbon smash recipe. In a pinch, most whiskeys will serve as a good substitute. The name ‘bourbon’ is short for ‘bourbon whiskey’, and there are many other types of whisky too. I would recommend a smoother style of whiskey, like an Irish Whiskey or Blended Whiskey. 
Do I need to strain my drink? The short answer is no, but I highly recommend it. I personally find this bourbon smash recipe much more enjoyable when strained because of the large seeds in the fresh blackberries. If you’d prefer to skip this step, you can muddle your ingredients directly in your glass and stir your drink instead of shaking it.

Nutrition

Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 23mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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