5-Minute Holiday Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Renee Nicole's Kitchen

This 5-Minute holiday blackberry bourbon smash is part mojito and part mint julep. Made from fresh or frozen Oregon blackberries muddled with lime, basil, and sugar, this cocktail works for any season – no simple syrup required! With over a hundred 5-star ratings, this reader favorite is a refreshing twist on the classic whiskey smash.

Renee Nicole's Kitchen


– white sugar – fresh basil leaves – fresh lime – frozen blackberries – bourbon whiskey – ice cubes – club soda


1 Cocktail

prep time

5 Minutes

total time

5 Minutes



5-Minute Holiday Blackberry  Bourbon Smash

1. In a cocktail shaker combine sugar, basil leaves, lime, blackberries, and bourbon. Muddle to break up the berries, basil, and lime, and to dissolve the sugar.


2. Add a generous amount of ice, shake to chill and combine.


3. Fill an old fashioned glass ice. Strain cocktail over ice, top off with club soda. Garnish with additional basil, berries, and lime if desired. Enjoy immediately.


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