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Blueberry Bourbon Smash

This Blueberry Bourbon Smash is made with a quick and easy blueberry syrup and fresh basil leaves.  It's a blueberry cocktail that's perfect for hot summer days!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 184kcal


Blueberry Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blueberries

Blueberry Bourbon Smash (1 cocktail):

  • 3-4 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 TB blueberry simple syrup
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • crushed ice
  • Optional: sparkling water, club soda, or tonic water


Blueberry Syrup:

  • Make simple syrup by adding blueberries, sugar, and 1 cup water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the berries burst (about 3 minutes). 
  • Pour syrup into blender and blend until smooth (or pour through a mesh sieve into a spouted container), and allow it to cool.

Blueberry Bourbon Smash:

  • Chill an old-fashioned cocktail glass or mint julep cup. 
  • Muddle basil leaves and simple syrup until leaves look softened and smell very fragrant. 
  • Fill glass with crushed ice, then pour bourbon over ice. Stir once or twice, add sparkling water, club soda, or tonic water if desired.  Top with more basil, and serve immediately.



Makes 1 Cocktail
Make syrup ahead of time to shorten the cook time to 3 minutes.


Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 0.9mg