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Calling all bourbon lovers: this Blackberry Peach Bourbon Smash is THE cocktail of the summer! Oaky bourbon whiskey teams up with fresh peaches, blackberries, mint, and lime juice for a fizzy refreshing sip you’ll look forward to all winter long.
Can you feel it?
That right there is summer slowly slipping away.
Even I’ve noticed it, way down here in the sweaty, humid south. The nights are cooling ever so slightly. The cicadas aren’t quite as loud in the afternoon.
The farmer’s market supply of peaches and berries is dwindling.
If you plan on sipping these bourbon drinks all winter, you’d better stock up, my friends!
JUST TAKE ME TO THE BOURBON SMASH RECIPE ALREADY!
If you’d rather skip my (pretty darn helpful) tips and tricks, essential cooking info, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to this deliciously easy bourbon cocktails recipe, just scroll right on down to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card!
Today, we’re celebrating a dear friend!
This recipe choice may make you scratch your head, especially when I tell you that it’s part of a virtual baby shower!
Listen, you don’t know Erin from The Speckled Palate like I do.
She was one of the very first blogging friends I ever made, and I’ve had the extreme pleasure of hanging with her on numerous occasions.
Erin is a hoot, y’all. This girl is absolutely one of my favorite people to talk to, commiserate with, and share a cocktail with. If you’ve been to her blog, you can see for yourself that she’s down with boozy experimentation, and I swear one of these days, we’re gonna team up at her abode in Texas and share mixology secrets.
So, clearly, this baby shower cocktail recipe isn’t that far in left field, after all.
I’ve teamed up with a handful of Erin’s other friends to bring you a baby shower menu like no other – all to celebrate Baby Speckle!
Moscato Cupcakes from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Lemon Lime Cake from I Dig Pinterest
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip from A Savory Feast
Chocolate Chunk Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches from Ciao Chow Bambina
Ginger Carrot Tartlets from Savory Spin
Mini Six-Inch Strawberry Cake from The Emotional Baker
Blackberry Peach Bourbon Smash from The Crumby Kitchen
Butter Mints from Pastry Chef Online
Blackberry Coffee Cake from Love & Flour
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Coconut Whip from Crumb Top Baking
S’mores Rice Krispy Treats from Feast + West
This lady has some seriously good taste, and I know we all wish we were celebrating with her in person today with these tasty treats!
I’d even whip up a mocktail version of this bourbon smash (in which I’d replace the bourbon with lemon lime sparkling water!)
Are bourbon and whiskey the same thing?
No, but they sure are close cousins!
American whiskey (not to be confused with Scotch – also a relative from across the pond) is distilled from a fermented blend of grains (corn, barley, rye, wheat).
The ratio of grains (the “mash bill”) used is a deciding factor in whether the finished product is whiskey or bourbon.
For a whiskey to be called a bourbon, by law it must:
- Be made in the United States.
- Have a mash bill with at least 51 percent corn.
- Be distilled at 160 proof or less, and put into the barrel at 125 proof or less.
- Be aged in a new charred white oak barrel with no additives.
What does bourbon taste like?
Bourbon is mostly sweet, with a hint of smokiness from the charred oak. When mixed in a cocktail like this bourbon smash, it gives the drink an almost buttery flavor that is extremely pleasant.
Which bourbon is best for cocktails?
The bourbon you choose is really dependent on your tastes. I recommend Buffalo Trace, Four Roses Small Batch, Eagle Rare, Blanton’s if you’re going for small batch/higher end stuff.
Some more well-known bourbon brands are Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Bulleit, and Maker’s Mark (my go-to).
(Whatever you do, don’t drink Wild Turkey. Don’t even use it in baking or cooking. I don’t normally criticize brands on my blog, but this stuff is just not delicious enough for any use in my experience.)
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Blackberry Peach Bourbon Smash
- 1/4 fresh peach chopped
- 3 fresh blackberries
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 2 lime wedges
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup (or 1 tablespoon sugar)
- 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- 1 ounce sparkling water optional
- In a cocktail shaker, combine peaches, blackberries, and mint leaves. Squeeze the juice from the limes into the shaker, then drop in the wedges. Muddle together briefly until smashed. (If using sugar instead of simple syrup, muddle it with these ingredients also.)
- Add bourbon and simple syrup, then fill halfway with ice. Place the top on the shaker and shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds.
- Pour contents without straining into a rocks glass. Top with sparkling water if desired. Stir and garnish with mint leaves and blackberry.