The Blackberry Bourbon Smash

October 09, 2015

National Bourbon Day falls on the anniversary of the day (June 14) that the first distilled whiskey was made from corn in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Never one to let a good drinking holiday pass us up, we decided to make a delicious Kentucky bourbon-based cocktail to celebrate the occasion.

A smash is a cocktail that consists of shaved or crushed ice, peak-season fruit, an herb, sugar and a spirit base. For the Blackberry Bourbon Smash, we utilize fresh greenmarket blackberries, fragrant mint, lemon juice and our go-to Kentucky bourbon, Bulleit. Whether you're watching the sunset by the beach or relaxing on the porch, you're going to want to have this cocktail in-hand.

The Blackberry Bourbon Smash
Makes 2 drinks

  • 3 shots bourbon (we like Bulleit)
  • 1.5 shots turbinado simple syrup
  • 1.5 shots fresh lemon juice
  • 4 sprigs mint (plus 2 for garnish)
  • 10 blackberries (plus 2 for garnish)
  1. Muddle mint and blackberries in The Mason Shaker.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice to just above the level of liquid. Cap and shake for five seconds.
  3. Strain into two rocks glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with remaining mint and blackberries.