Blackberry Basil Bourbon Smash

The perfect transition beverage from summer to fall. The herbal and bright berry flavors mesh with the warming qualities of bourbon to hit all the right notes. You can’t miss with this beautiful cocktail.

  • 2 oz bourbon (I used Larceny)
  • 1 oz honey simple syrup
  • 1 oz lime juce
  • 7 blackberries
  • 5-7 basil leaves
  • club soda
  • Ice
  • Shaker
  • Strainer
  • Muddler (spoon or other utensil is fine to smash)
  • High ball glass

In a shaker, add 5 blackberries, 5 basil leaves, and the honey simple syrup. Muddle these ingredients until they are a pulpy mixture and blackberries have given up all their juice.

Muddled blackberries, basil, and honey simple syrup

To the muddled mixture add your bourbon and lime juice and shake well. In a glass filled with ice, strain the contents of your shaker over the ice. My shaker has pretty big holes, so I used a mesh strainer over the glass to keep out the seeds. See the photo next of what I used.

Top off your beverage with club soda. I used lime La Croix because that’s what I had on hand.

Garnish with your remaining blackberries and basil leaves. Sip and enjoy!

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