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This easy berry vodka smash makes a cocktail that looks beautiful and tastes seriously refreshing, featuring blackberries or raspberries, mint, and lime.

Berry vodka smash

Ready for our new favorite drink recipe? It’s a vodka smash. It’s tangy and refreshing, featuring muddled blackberries, mint, and lime. It’s tangy, it’s sweet, and it’s got a bit of back-end vodka flavor, though it’s not too strong. Basically: these go down easy — so beware! Alex and I had one while out with some friends at a restaurant in town. Of course we had to try our hand at recreating it: and it was simpler than we thought! Here’s how to make a berry vodka smash at home.

Berry vodka smash

What’s a vodka smash?

What is a vodka smash? A smash is a fruity, icy cocktail that often highlights seasonal fruit. It’s a drink for hot summer days, and can be made with your spirit of choice. Mint is a classic choice used in a smash, but other herbs can work. If you’d like, you can water down your smash a bit, or top off with a bit of soda water. The smash is pretty variable, and flexible depending on the season. (Here’s more on the history of the smash cocktail.)

How to muddle mint

Tools required for this cocktail

For this vodka smash, you’ll need a few cocktail tools: or one of our alternatives below in case you’re not ready to add the professional ones to your kitchen! Here’s what you’ll need to make a vodka smash:

Now, don’t want to invest in the professional cocktail tools? Here are some alternatives you can use instead?

  • What can I use instead of a cocktail shakerUse a glass mason jar. Place the cocktail in the jar and fill it with ice. Screw on the top and shake away!
  • What can I use instead of a muddler? Use a wooden spoon to gently mash the berries, lime wedges, and mint leaves.
Berry vodka smash

How to make a vodka smash

Once you’ve acquired the tools for the job, making this berry vodka smash is a breeze. It’s all about muddling the fresh ingredients together, then adding the alcohol and sweetener. Alex and I like to use maple syrup to sweeten our cocktail recipes, but you can use simple syrup if you prefer. Also, you can use any berry you’d like: we’ve called for blackberries or raspberries in the recipe below, but others are welcome. Let us know in the comments below if you try a variation.

Here’s how to make a vodka smash (see the full recipe below):

  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle together blackberries or raspberries, lime wedges, and fresh mint.
  • Add the vodka and maple syrup.
  • If desired, top it off with soda water. Serve with crushed ice!
Berry vodka smash

And that’s it: how to make a berry vodka smash!

Let us know in the comments below if you try it! We hope you love this blackberry cocktail: it’s one of our favorites of the season. Except for this blackberry margarita, of course!

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Blackberry bourbon smash

Berry Vodka Smash

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


This easy berry vodka smash makes a cocktail that looks beautiful and tastes seriously refreshing, featuring blackberries or raspberries, mint, and lime.


  • 1/4 lime, cut into 2 wedges
  • 5 large mint leaves
  • 8 raspberries or blackberries
  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) maple syrup or simple syrup
  • Soda water, for serving
  • Crushed ice, for serving


  1. Place the lime, mint leaves, and berries in cocktail shaker. Muddle (gently mash) them 4 to 5 times to extract their flavor. (Here’s more on How to Muddle Mint.)
  2. Add the vodka, maple syrup and 4 ice cubes. Shake until cold, then pour everything into a glass. Serve with crushed ice.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Muddled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vodka Smash, Blackberry Drink, Berry Drink, Raspberry Drink, Vodka Cocktail

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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