Raspberry Bourbon Smash

This raspberry bourbon smash recipe is the bourbon drinker’s answer to a classic mojito. Fresh raspberries, lemon, and mint blended with bourbon and little sweetener create the ultimate fruity and refreshing bourbon cocktail.

Highball glass filled with this raspberry bourbon smash recipe, garnished with mint and a fresh raspberry. There is a lemon next to the glass to highlight this additional key ingredient.

Have you been looking for new summer bourbon cocktails to make at home? This raspberry bourbon smash recipe is just what you need!

This style of drink is called a smash for a reason: by muddling the fruit and herbs it helps to extract the oils and juices to really infuse the flavors into your cocktail. This bourbon smash recipe is made with fresh raspberries, mint, and lemon, creating a light and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for a warm summer evening.

Two glasses filled with this raspberry bourbon smash recipe. Each glass is garnished with a lemon wedge and raspberry. The glasses are surrounded by this bourbon mixed drinks ingredients: a bottle of bourbon, a jar of simple syrup, lemon, mint, and raspberry.

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 raspberry, mint, and lemon 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 raspberry bourbon smash

KEY INGREDIENTS FOR THIS RASPBERRY BOURBON SMASH RECIPE

Fresh Raspberries: the star of this whiskey smash recipe, raspberries add a wonderful sweetness to this drink as the juices infuse into the cocktail

Fresh Mint: fresh mint adds something really special to this bourbon mixed drink

Lemon: fresh lemon adds brightness and a little zing

Simple Syrup: a little bit of sweetness is added to create a smoother drink

Bourbon: use your favorite bourbon whiskey for this raspberry bourbon smash recipe

Club Soda: just enough to top your drink (1-2oz) and add a few bubbles

Top down view of a raspberry bourbon smash cocktail, garnished with a lemon wedge and raspberry. Surrounded by additional ingredients.

CASK STRENGTH BOURBON VS. REGULAR BOURBON

There are different types of bourbon available for purchase, so you may see a bottle labeled ‘cask strength’ or ‘barrel proof’. Cask strength bourbon is taken directly from the barrel to the bottling line, whereas a standard bourbon will have some water added in order to get it to the appropriate taste or ABV the distiller is looking for to sell it. To get to the point, cask strength or barrel proof whiskey is stronger. It’s often touted as having a deeper flavor profile.

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE A RASPBERRY BOURBON SMASH

  1. Place raspberries, mint leaves, and lemon 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, raspberries, and/or lemon wedges.
  5. Enjoy!
Two glasses filled with this whiskey smash recipe, garnished with a lemon wedge and raspberry, and surrounded by a lemon, mint leaves, and basket of raspberries.

FAQS ABOUT MAKING AN AWESOME BOURBON SMASH

What is the best bourbon to use for this bourbon mixed drink? Since there are minimal ingredients in this cocktail, using a high-quality bourbon is important when making a raspberry 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!

I don’t have bourbon. Can I substitute something else? 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.

What other sweeteners could I use in this bourbon mixed drink? If you do not have a simple syrup prepared, you still have several options! You can use granulated sugar (start with ½-1 Tablespoon). You could also use a natural sweetener, like agave syrup or honey (start with 1 tsp and add more as desired) to create a refined sugar free cocktail.

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Raspberry Bourbon Smash

This raspberry bourbon smash is a light and refreshing bourbon cocktail recipe that is perfect for the summertime. Made with fresh raspberries, mint, lemon, simple syrup, bourbon and a splash of club soda. Easy and delicious!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 189 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 raspberries
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • 2-3 lemon wedges
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup*
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ice
  • club soda to top

Instructions
 

  • In a shaker place raspberries, mint leaves, and lemon wedges.
  • Muddle until well smashed.
  • Add simple syrup, bourbon, and ice to the shaker and shake vigorously, until outside of shaker is very cold (approximately 15 seconds).
  • Strain contents of shaker into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and optionally garnish your glass with additional mint, raspberries, and/or lemon wedges.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*If you'd prefer a sweeter cocktail, add up to 1 oz of simple syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 23mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 182IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg
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