Drink of the Week: Blackberry Whiskey Smash

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Hands down, this is my new favorite whiskey cocktail! Growing up in North Carolina, picking blackberries off the vines around my Papaw’s farm, and with whiskey being my first spirit love, this cocktail is a nostalgic nod to my Southern upbringing.The Whiskey Smash was invented in 1862 by "Professor" Jerry Thomas, who by many, is considered the father of American mixology. Traditionally, the cocktail is Bourbon whiskey, mint, simple syrup, & lemon. Sounds delicious enough? Now just imagine with fresh, juicy blackberries muddled in. It’s a dream come true.

The recipe:

  • 1.5 oz Bulleit Rye

  • handful of mint leaves

  • 4-5 blackberries

  • ¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • ½ oz agave nectar

  • splash of club soda, if you like

Gently muddle blackberries with mint leaves, agave, & lemon juice. Fill your glass with ice. Top with Bulleit Rye. Give it one or two firm shakes, no need to get jiggy with it. Top with soda or serve as is. Garnish with a few mint leaves.

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Posted on February 28, 2014 .