Blackberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail Drink

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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If you’re craving a unique cocktail, this Blackberry Bourbon Smash recipe is precisely what you need! It’s a delightful drink, packed with fresh ingredients, and incredibly simple to make.

Blackberry Bourbon Smash Recipe

Get ready for an autumn treat with this simple Blackberry Bourbon Smash recipe! It's a refreshing mix of bourbon, blackberries, lemon juice, sugar and mint.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

197 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 4-6 fresh mint leaves
  • 6 fresh blackberries
  • Mint sprig and 2 blackberries, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice into your old fashioned glass to make sure it is chilled.
  • Prep Shaker: Place 6 fresh blackberries and ¾ oz simple syrup into your cocktail shaker.
  • Muddle: Use a muddler to crush the blackberries and mix them with the syrup.
  • Add Mint: Put 4-6 fresh mint leaves into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Add 1 oz lemon juice.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into your old fashioned glass over fresh ice. the ice filled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a mint sprig (smack it between your hands before) and 2 blackberries. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: You can use rye whiskey or dark rum if you don't have bourbon. Both will change the flavor profile slightly but still make a delicious drink.
  • Simple Syrup: Honey or agave nectar can be used as a substitute for simple syrup. They both add a different sweetness that works well with this cocktail.
  • Blackberries: Raspberries or blueberries can be used instead of blackberries. Just make sure to muddle them well to extract their juices.

Making a Pitcher of Blackberry Bourbon Smash:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 8 oz of simple syrup, 8 oz of lemon juice, around 48 mint leaves,  and about 48 blackberries.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the blackberries with the simple syrup. Then, add the bourbon, mint leaves (clap them in your hands to release the aroma), and lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with mint leaves if desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; several brands that mimic bourbon flavor quite well are available.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup Substitute: Ensure your syrup is made with sugar, processed without using bone char, which isn't vegan. Agave nectar is a safe bet and adds flavor to the drink.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
13
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
17
g
19
%
Potassium
 
55
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Vitamin A
 
23
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Blackberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail Drink

Blackberry Bourbon Smash Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Get ready for an autumn treat with this simple Blackberry Bourbon Smash recipe! It's a refreshing mix of bourbon, blackberries, lemon juice, sugar and mint.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 197

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 4-6 fresh mint leaves
  • 6 fresh blackberries
  • Mint sprig and 2 blackberries - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Stir some ice into your old fashioned glass to make sure it is chilled.
  • Prep Shaker: Place 6 fresh blackberries and ¾ oz simple syrup into your cocktail shaker.
  • Muddle: Use a muddler to crush the blackberries and mix them with the syrup.
  • Add Mint: Put 4-6 fresh mint leaves into the shaker.
  • Add Lemon Juice: Add 1 oz lemon juice.
  • Add Bourbon: Pour 2 oz Bourbon into the shaker.
  • Shake Well: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into your old fashioned glass over fresh ice. the ice filled glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a mint sprig (smack it between your hands before) and 2 blackberries. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: You can use rye whiskey or dark rum if you don't have bourbon. Both will change the flavor profile slightly but still make a delicious drink.
  • Simple Syrup: Honey or agave nectar can be used as a substitute for simple syrup. They both add a different sweetness that works well with this cocktail.
  • Blackberries: Raspberries or blueberries can be used instead of blackberries. Just make sure to muddle them well to extract their juices.

Making a Pitcher of Blackberry Bourbon Smash:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 8 oz of simple syrup, 8 oz of lemon juice, around 48 mint leaves,  and about 48 blackberries.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, muddle the blackberries with the simple syrup. Then, add the bourbon, mint leaves (clap them in your hands to release the aroma), and lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Serve: Strain Pour the mixture into ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with mint leaves if desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; several brands that mimic bourbon flavor quite well are available.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup Substitute: Ensure your syrup is made with sugar, processed without using bone char, which isn't vegan. Agave nectar is a safe bet and adds flavor to the drink.

What is a Blackberry Bourbon Smash?

A Blackberry Bourbon Smash is a bourbon-based cocktail made of fresh blackberries, mint leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a generous pour of bourbon. This drink is not complicated to make; it only requires muddling the blackberries before adding the remaining ingredients and shaking well. The result is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that perfectly balances the blackberries’ sweetness with the bourbon’s warmth. It’s a unique twist on the classic whiskey smash cocktail.

A side shot of a Blackberry Bourbon Smash cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a yellow tray placed on a wooden table surrounded by three sugar cubes, three blackberries, two lemon wedges, and a mint sprig

What is a Blackberry Bourbon Smash made of – The ingredients

If you’re making a Blackberry Bourbon Smash, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blackberries add a sweet and slightly tart flavor to the cocktail, enhancing its overall taste.
  • Bourbon: This is the main alcoholic component of the drink. It provides a rich, smooth, and slightly sweet flavor.
  • Mint leaves: Mint leaves are used for their refreshing and cooling effect, which balances out the sweetness of the blackberries and bourbon.
  • Lemon juice: The acidity from the lemon juice helps to cut through the sweetness of the other ingredients, providing a balanced flavor profile.
  • Simple syrup: This is used to sweeten the cocktail. It’s a mixture of sugar and water boiled down until the sugar dissolves.

Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, sugar cubes, lime and fresh mint sprig laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Blackberry Bourbon Smash?

Our easy-to-follow guide will teach you how to prepare a Blackberry Bourbon Smash:

1
<p>Make sure your service glass gets chilled.</p>

Make sure your service glass gets chilled.

2
<p>Take a cocktail shaker and add a handful of fresh blackberries.</p>

Take a cocktail shaker and add a handful of fresh blackberries.

3
<p>Add an ounce of simple syrup to sweeten the drink.</p>

Add an ounce of simple syrup to sweeten the drink.

4
<p>Proceed to muddle the blackberries until they are well smashed and their juice is released.</p>

Proceed to muddle the blackberries until they are well smashed and their juice is released.

5
<p>Place four to six mint leaves into the shaker.</p>

Place four to six mint leaves into the shaker.

6
<p>Add three quarters of an ounce of lemon juice for a tangy twist.</p>

Add three quarters of an ounce of lemon juice for a tangy twist.

7
<p>Next, pour two ounces of bourbon.</p>

Next, pour two ounces of bourbon.

8
<p>Now, fill the shaker with ice until it's about three-quarters full.</p>

Now, fill the shaker with ice until it's about three-quarters full.

9
<p>Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 to 20 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.</p>

Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 to 20 seconds, or until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.

10
<p>Take your chilled glass, fill it up with fresh ice and strain the cocktail into the glass, catching the muddled blackberries.</p>

Take your chilled glass, fill it up with fresh ice and strain the cocktail into the glass, catching the muddled blackberries.

11
<p>For a finishing touch, garnish the drink with a few fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint.</p>

For a finishing touch, garnish the drink with a few fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint.

Bourbon Smash Variations

Try one of these popular Blackberry Bourbon Smash variations:

  • Raspberry Bourbon Smash: Fresh raspberries mix with bourbon, giving a bright, slightly tart flavor. The berries’ natural sweetness blends perfectly with the bourbon’s richness, making a refreshing and balanced drink. I love how the raspberries add a burst of freshness and a pop of color.
  • Blueberry Bourbon Smash: Blueberries add a mellow, slightly sweet taste to the bourbon. Their subtle flavor matches well with the bold bourbon, creating a smooth and inviting drink. The deep blue color also looks great.
  • Strawberry Bourbon Smash: Juicy strawberries enhance the bourbon with their sweet and slightly tangy notes. This mix creates a vibrant and summery drink, perfect for warm days. The strawberries’ sweetness balances the bourbon’s strong flavor nicely.
  • Peach Bourbon Smash: Ripe peaches add a lush, juicy sweetness to the bourbon. Their natural flavors blend smoothly, making a fruity and smooth drink. I enjoy how peaches give a mellow sweetness that doesn’t overpower the bourbon.
  • Cranberry Bourbon Smash: Tart cranberries bring a crisp, refreshing tartness to the bourbon. This creates a lively drink, perfect for festive occasions. The tart cranberries cut through the bourbon’s warmth, making a balanced drink.
  • Cherry Bourbon Smash: Sweet cherries mix with bourbon to create a rich, slightly sweet drink. The deep cherry flavor pairs perfectly with the bourbon, making a smooth and satisfying drink. It’s a bold yet refreshing mix.
  • Apple Bourbon Smash: Crisp apples give a sweet and slightly tart flavor that pairs wonderfully with bourbon. This creates a crisp and invigorating drink, ideal for autumn. The apples’ natural sweetness harmonizes with the bourbon’s depth.
  • Pomegranate Bourbon Smash: Pomegranate seeds add a sweet-tart complexity to the bourbon. This drink becomes vibrant and flavorful, with a hint of exotic fruitiness. The tart pomegranate balances the sweetness, making a refreshing drink.
  • Grapefruit Bourbon Smash: Fresh grapefruit adds a tangy and slightly bitter note to the bourbon. This creates a bright and zesty drink, perfect for those who like a citrus bite. The tart grapefruit adds a lively touch to the mix.
  • Pineapple Bourbon Smash: Pineapple’s tropical sweetness blends with bourbon to create a sunny and uplifting drink. The pineapple adds a refreshing and fruity twist that pairs well with the bourbon’s smoothness. I love how the bright pineapple flavor makes this drink feel like a tropical escape.

History and Origin of the Blackberry Bourbon Smash

The “smash” cocktails, first recorded in Thomas’s Bartender’s Guide in 1862 refers to a family of cocktails related to the “mint julep”. Both categories have mint as one of the predominant ingredients. The “smash” cocktails vigorously shake the mint rather than only stir it.

Fast forward to the 21st century, mixologists began experimenting with different fruits and spirits to create new variations of smash cocktails. Among these innovative creations is the Blackberry Bourbon Smash.

A Blackberry Bourbon Smash cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, sugar cubes, lime and fresh mint sprig

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FAQ

How many calories does a Blackberry Bourbon Smash contain?
A typical serving contains approximately 200-250 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Blackberry Bourbon Smash?
The strength of a Blackberry Bourbon Smash largely depends on the bourbon used. On average, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-30%, translating to 40-60 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Blackberry Bourbon Smash?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol in a Blackberry Bourbon Smash is bourbon. The choice of bourbon can significantly influence the flavor profile of the drink.
In what kind of glass is a Blackberry Bourbon Smash served?
Traditionally, the drink is served in an old-fashioned or rock glass. These glasses are short and wide, perfect for muddling the blackberries and mint at the bottom.
What does a Blackberry Bourbon Smash taste like?
A Blackberry Bourbon Smash offers a delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors. The ripe blackberries provide sweetness, while the lemon juice adds a tangy twist. The mint provides freshness and the bourbon brings warmth and depth with subtle notes of vanilla and oak.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Blackberry Bourbon Smash?
The general ratio for a Blackberry Bourbon Smash is 2 oz Bourbon, 1 oz Lemon Juice, 3 ⁄ 4 oz Simple Syrup with about six blackberries and several mint leaves into the mix.
How is a Blackberry Bourbon Smash served with ice?
A Blackberry Bourbon Smash is typically served over ice, which helps to maintain it chilled.

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