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Blackberry Whiskey Smash

blackberry whiskey smash

Now let us get started with a tasty drink that will hit the spot whether you are entertaining guests or just relaxing at home: the Blackberry Whiskey Smash. This drink combines the tart sweetness of blackberries with the smoothness of whiskey, making it the ideal choice for any occasion. As a bartender who enjoys playing around with flavors, I highly suggest it for its distinct flavor and the enjoyable process of mashing those juicy blackberries.

Tasting Notes

A perfect balance of sweet, sour, and herbal notes makes every sip of the Blackberry Whiskey Smash delightful. The juicy, tart taste of fresh blackberries is first identified, followed by the warm, comforting notes of whiskey; a hint of lemon adds a bright, citrusy twist; and mint leaves bring a refreshing finish.

Ingredients

Gather these ingredients to create your Blackberry Whiskey Smash:

  • 4 or 5 big blackberries
  • A small handful of mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Half a lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 ounces of your favorite whiskey
  • A splash of club soda (if ya like)

Instructions

  1. In your rocks glass, muddle the blackberries and mint leaves together to release their flavors.
  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes to the top.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. Shake well.
  4. Strain the mixture into your prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with a few blackberries and a sprig of mint.
  6. Enjoy your refreshing Blackberry Whiskey Smash!

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh blackberries—they should be plump and dark. That’s where the good stuff’s at.
  • Don’t skimp on the muddling. That’s what gets the flavors all mingled together.
  • If the drink’s too tart, add a bit more sugar. Too sweet? Squeeze in more lemon.
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When to Serve

This cocktail is versatile, making it perfect for any season or occasion. It’s refreshing enough for a hot summer day but also has the warmth and depth for a cozy winter evening. Serve it at BBQs, holiday parties, or whenever you’re in the mood for something deliciously different.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the Blackberry Whiskey Smash, a smooth, versatile whiskey works best. Brands like Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, or Jameson offer the right balance of flavor and smoothness. Choose a whiskey you enjoy on its own, as its taste will significantly influence the cocktail.

Similar Cocktails

If you love the Blackberry Whiskey Smash, explore these similar cocktails:

  • Mint Julep: A classic bourbon cocktail with mint.
  • Whiskey Sour: A tangy mix of whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar.
  • Bramble: A gin-based cocktail with blackberry liqueur.
  • Blackberry Moscow Mule: This twist on the classic Moscow Mule swaps in blackberries for a fruity kick. Mix vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, and muddled blackberries for a refreshing, tangy cocktail.
  • Blackberry Mojito: A fruity version of the classic Mojito, this drink combines muddled blackberries with rum, mint, lime juice, and a splash of soda water, offering a sweet and minty refreshment.

History

The Whiskey Smash itself dates back to the 19th century, evolving from the classic Mint Julep. The addition of blackberries to this traditional recipe gives it a modern twist, combining the old with the new. It’s a testament to the enduring appeal of whiskey cocktails and the endless possibilities for innovation in mixology.

blackberry whiskey smash

Blackberry Whiskey Smash

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 big blackberries
  • 2 ounces of your favorite whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • A small handful of mint leaves
  • Half a lemon, cut into wedges
  • A splash of club soda (if ya like)

Instructions

  1. In your rocks glass, muddle the blackberries, lemon and mint leaves together to release their flavors.
  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes to the top.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey and simple syrup with ice. Shake well.
  4. Strain the mixture into your prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with a few blackberries and a sprig of mint.
  6. Enjoy your refreshing Blackberry Whiskey Smash!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make it ahead of time? Sure thing, just mix everything but the ice and soda. Keep it in the fridge and then add the rest when you’re ready to serve.

What if I can’t find fresh blackberries? Frozen ones work too, just thaw them out first.

Can I use a different berry? Yes, raspberries or blueberries also work well in this cocktail.

Is it necessary to use fresh lemon juice? Fresh lemon juice is recommended for the best flavor, but bottled can be used if you’re in a pinch.

Can I make it non-alcoholic? Sure, replace the whiskey with a non-alcoholic spirit or more simple syrup and lemon juice for a refreshing mocktail.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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