I am loving coming up with fun and new cocktails for ya’ll. I’ve always been a big beer girl but lately venturing into the world of cocktails.
It’s been fun to come up with different flavor combinations lately. Especially now that I have a much larger kitchen to experiment in. And also a better space to shoot in.
I’ve been experimenting with bourbon recently and today I’m bringing you a blackberry bourbon smash. It’s a simple cocktail with a sweet blackberry hint to some smooth bourbon.
I bought a local bourbon the last time I was at the liquor store and it looked so delicious I knew I had to make a cocktail soon. This is what I came up with.
Grab some blackberries, mint leaves, lemon juice, and ginger beer along with the bourbon and let’s get shaking.
Add your blackberries and lemon juice to the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a drink muddler or the end of a wooden spoon until the blackberries are fully smashed and juiced.
Add your mint leaves and muddle lightly again.
Pour the bourbon over top and fill about half-way with cubed ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds to chill and incorporate all the flavors.
Pour the contents into a tall glass and fill the rest of the way with ice. If you prefer, you can double strain the cocktail over a glass of fresh ice to remove any of the chunks and mint leaves.
Finish by pouring ginger beer over top and giving a gently stir. Garnish with some fresh blackberries and mint leaves, if you prefer.
Cheers to it almost being the weekend!
Blackberry Bourbon Smash
- 6 blackberries fresh
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 2 oz bourbon
- 2 oz ginger beer or more, to taste
- In a cocktail shaker, add blackberries, mint leaves, and lemon juice. Muddle with a drink muddler or the end of a wooden spoon until fully crushed.
- Add bourbon and fill shaker 1/2 full with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Pour contents into tall glass and fill the rest of the way with ice. Top with ginger beer.
- Alternatively, if you do not like chunks in your drink, you can double strain the contents into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Then top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with extra blackberries and mint leaves, if desired.