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Looking for a standout bourbon cocktail? This blackberry bourbon smash is refreshing and perfect for parties, featuring blackberries, lime, and fresh mint.

Blackberry bourbon smash

Ready for an incredibly refreshing, tasty bourbon drink? Meet the blackberry bourbon smash. We had a vodka version of this drink at a local restaurant, and immediately wanted to try to make it at home. It’s tangy from the lime juice, lightly sweet from the berries and a bit of maple syrup, and boozy from the bourbon. Add a splash of soda water and it rounds out the flavor, then serve with crushed ice! It’s so tasty and lighter than so many bourbon cocktails. Ready to get started?

Related: Blackberry Margarita

Blackberry bourbon smash

What’s a bourbon smash?

First off: what is a bourbon smash? A smash is a fruity, icy cocktail recipe that often highlights seasonal fruit or herbs. It’s made for hot days, and can be made with your spirit of choice (vodka, bourbon and whiskey all work). The smash is pretty variable, and flexible depending on the season. (Here’s more on the history of the smash cocktail.)

Mint is a classic choice used in a smash, but other herbs can work. Blackberries are perfect for a smash, since they add a subtle sweetness. If you’d like, you can water down your smash a bit, or top off with a bit of soda water.

Other smash recipes we love: Maple Bourbon Smash, Whiskey Smash, Berry Vodka Smash

Blackberry bourbon smash

What you need for this blackberry bourbon smash

For this blackberry bourbon smash cocktail, we’ve called for a few professional cocktail tools. Of course if you prefer, you can use one of our alternatives that you might already have in your kitchen!

Cocktail shaker

  • Why you need it: 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.
  • Buy it! 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker
  • Alternative: Use a glass mason jar. Place the cocktail in the jar and fill it with ice. Screw on the top and shake away!

Cocktail muddler

  • Why you need it: A cocktail muddler is used to mash fruits and herbs in a glass or cocktail shaker to release their flavor.
  • Buy it: Cocktail Muddler
  • Alternative: Use a wooden spoon to gently mash the berries, lime wedges, and mint leaves.
Cocktail shaker

Blackberry bourbon smash ingredients

Now, in addition to these cocktail tools, you’ll need just a few ingredients for this blackberry bourbon smash cocktail. For our version, we’ve used maple syrup instead of simple syrup. Here at A Couple Cooks we love using natural sweeteners and no refined sugar in our drinks, as we find it a gentler sweetener and often you can find it locally. However, you can use simple syrup instead if you’d rather!

Here are the blackberry bourbon smash ingredients that you’ll need:

  • Bourbon
  • Blackberries
  • Lime
  • Fresh mint
  • Maple syrup
  • Soda water (optional)

To make the cocktail, you’ll simply muddle the blackberries, lime and mint, then add the bourbon and maple syrup. If you’d like to add a splash of soda water, feel free: it really rounds out the flavor!

Blackberry bourbon smash

What type of bourbon should I buy?

For this blackberry bourbon smash, you’ll want to use the highest quality bourbon! The better the bourbon, the better the drink. The easiest way to tell if it’s high quality? Don’t buy the cheapest bourbon you can find. Try to invest in a mid-price range bourbon: the drink will only taste as good as the gin you invest in! (Want more with bourbon? Try our Bourbon Sour, Bourbon Hot Toddy, and more Great Bourbon Drinks.)

This blackberry bourbon smash recipe is…

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

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Blackberry bourbon smash

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

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


Looking for a standout bourbon cocktail? This blackberry bourbon smash is refreshing and perfect for parties, featuring blackberries, lime, and fresh mint.


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


  1. Place the lime, berries, and mint leaves 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 bourbon, maple syrup and 4 ice cubes. Shake until cold, then pour everything into a glass. If desired, add a splash of soda water. Serve with crushed ice.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Muddled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blackberry bourbon smash, Bourbon smash recipe

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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