Ooooooh this Strawberry Bourbon Smash has it going on! Sweet strawberries, Meyer lemon and fresh mint, all muddled up with bold + booze-y bourbon over plenty of ice. It’s so mouth watering a sippable that the double pour of Bourbon might just sneak up on you!
What you’ll Need for this Strawberry Bourbon Smash:
- Fresh Strawberries – You’ll just need 1-2 strawberries, depending on size. I used two medium-sized berries. You’ll want to roughly dice them into chunks large enough to break down with a muddler.
- Lemon Wedge – I used a home grown Meyer lemon and it was fantastic, but any lemon will do. The acidity will balance out the sweet strawberries and smokey bourbon flavor.
- Fresh mint – It wouldn’t be a Smash without some herbs, and I love the mint with the strawberries and lemon- but you can play around with this. Basil pairs particularly well with these flavors too.
- Simple Syrup – You can buy this, but its almost easier (and MUCH more inexpensive) to make yourself! Bring 1 cup of water + 1 cup of sugar (or 2 cups of each- just make it a 1:1 ratio) to a boil in a saucepan, stirring to combine. One it starts to boil, take it off the heat to cool and store refrigerated in a mason jar or a handy squeeze bottle!
- Bourbon- I used Bulleit Bourbon in my Strawberry Bourbon Smash, but use your favorite. And if you don’t have a bourbon on hand, feel free to use Whiskey. Bourbon is simply a specific classification of Whiskey (it must be 51% corn and be made in the USA, among other things- here’s a link to the real scoop if you like to nerd out on this stuff like me!)
Strawberry Bourbon Smash
- Muddler or wooden spoon
- Cocktail Shaker
- 2 strawberries roughly diced
- 1 lemon wedge +extra for garnish
- 4-5 mint leaves
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Add quartered strawberries, lemon wedge, mint and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
- Muddle to break down the strawberries. If you don't have a muddler, you can use the back of a wooden spoon.
- Pour in bourbon and add a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with lemon wedge and a mint sprig. Cheers!
- Add sugar and water to a saucepan, and stir. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it starts to boil, take it off the heat to cool.
- Once cool, pour into a mason jar or squeeze bottle, and store in the refrigerator.