Happy Hour--Blackberry Basil Bourbon Smash

I've been trying to use all of the fresh berries and herbs before summer makes it's exit.  I know that really it doesn't get cool until October down here in Louisiana, but my herbs just aren't the same after August and the berries aren't quite as sweet.  Don't get me wrong, they are good, but not quite as good as fresh from the garden berries and herbs.  

There are several things that I really love about this cocktail.  First, the bourbon is spicy and sweet.  It has hints of vanilla and honey which work nicely with the basil and blackberries. Second, I love that this is an easy to drink cocktail.  I'm not a Bourbon neat kind of girl, but I do love the complexity of  bourbon.  (I also think this cocktail would be absoutely delicious with tequila.)

Yield: 1 cocktail

Blackberry Basil Bourbon Smash

A delicious fruity Bourbon cocktail with a hint of basil.


  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 ounces Bourbon (I used Four Roses)
  • club soda
  • basil leaves for garnish


  1. Add blackberries, 3 basil leaves, sugar, and lemon juice to a coctail shaker.  
  2. Muddle ingredients until all are mascerated and sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add ice and Bourbon to the shaker and shake vigorously.
  4. Pour through a strainer into a highball glass. Top with ice and club soda. Garnish with basil leaves.




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