The Little Epicurean

Apr 15 2015

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Blackberry Bourbon Smash | the little epicurean

It’s tax day! Let’s celebrate the end of tax season with a refreshing cocktail!

Did you know there’s an actual drink named after this day?  Yes, the income tax cocktail exists.  It’s gin based and it sounds very comforting.  I’ll have to make that one next year…

Today, we’re drinking this blackberry bourbon smash.

Blackberry Bourbon Smash| the little epicurean

Making cocktails for the blog is always a lot of fun…because it involves day drinking.  I bought this tabletop artificial light unit last year in hopes to take photos whenever I want (meaning after 5pm), however it’s proving to be difficult.  I’m still way too in love with natural light photography.  Hence, day drinking will have to continue for a little longer.

Blackberry Bourbon Smash | the little epicurean

Simple cocktails that don’t require much prep are the best.  While I used blackberries, you can substitute just about any fruit you’re in love with at the moment: blueberries, kiwi, strawberries, dragon fruit.  If you don’t like bourbon… we might have a tough time being friends.  However, if you keep it a secret, you can totally substitute rum, vodka or gin.

This blackberry bourbon smash has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.  It’s the vibrant redish-purple tint that I find so alluring.  It’s the kind of drink that I would spot at a restaurant or bar and totally order.

(Although it’s a month away- this would make a very pretty Mother’s Day brunch cocktail!)


Blackberry Bourbon Smash | the little epicurean

Print Recipe

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Yield: serves 1


  • 5 blackberries
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 4 oz ginger ale

To garnish: blackberries, mint leaves, lime wedges


In a tall serving glass, muddle together blackberries, mint leaves, agave syrup, and lemon juice.  Add bourbon.  Fill glass with ice.  Top with ginger ale. Stir to combine.  Garnish with additional blackberries, mint leaves, and lemon/lime wedges.  Serve immediately.

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Blackberry Bourbon Smash | the little epicurean

4 Responses to “Blackberry Bourbon Smash”

  1. April 15, 2015
    7:54 am

    Ooohh. Now this looks like a fun drink! Love the color so, so much!

  2. April 15, 2015
    9:22 am
    Tina says...

    Oh my, this will be a first for me, such an elegant looking drink.

  3. April 15, 2015
    9:54 am

    Yes! I also love shooting cocktail posts because it means day drinking. :-) Blackberry + bourbon is definitely a winner in my book. I wish I could sit on a sunny deck somewhere and drink this right now.

  4. April 16, 2015
    6:48 am

    Stunning. And laughing so hard over here with Income Tax cocktail. Hahaha! And I’ve tried artificial light and just can’t get behind it. Natural all the way!

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