Berry Vodka Smash

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 made for hot 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:

  • 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker: A cocktail shaker quickly chills cocktails by shaking them against ice, then has a perforated lid so you can pour out the cocktail without pouring out the ice as well.
  • Cocktail Muddler: A cocktail muddler is used to mash fruits and herbs in a glass or cocktail shaker to release their flavor.

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 shaker? Use 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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Berry Vodka Smash


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

Description

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


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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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 Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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