Blueberry Bourbon Smash

Forget the mimosas and the bloody marys, if there is one drink to make this summer for brunch it should be a Blueberry Bourbon Smash

Blueberry Bourbon Smash from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Let’s get out the real truth about brunch, it’s an excuse to have a cocktail before noon.  Come on, don’t deny it, you know you look forward to ordering that mimosa or bloody mary because when your alcohol is covered up with tomato or orange juice it’s completely legitimate to have it in the morning.

Here’s the deal though, most of those brunch cocktails aren’t very good.  They are either watered down, made with subpar ingredients, sit around for hours or come from a giant mix with a color not really found in nature.

Blueberry Bourbon Smash from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Best way to fix that? Just make a standard cocktail but tone it down a bit with some fruit and herbs.

A local fancy pizza joint by us has a reverse happy hour every day of the week.  Since Braden and I are late eaters to begin with, we don’t really mind waiting until 9pm to pop down for some pizza and drinks once a week.  I can’t resist imbibing in their bourbon cocktail offerings but I always go back to their bourbon smash.  That mix of lemon with the mint and glass of of crush ice makes it go down dangerously quick.

Bourbon being a natural match with a number of fruits meant this needed to be made into a brunch cocktail.  Muddled with fresh blueberries and mint turn it into a gorgeous hue and the simple syrup plus lemon juice means it isn’t too strong to have so early in the day.

I already know this is my new cocktail of the summer and I see many variations on the way.

Blueberry Bourbon Smash from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

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  • 9 fresh mint leaves
  • 10 fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • crushed ice


  1. In your cocktail shaker muddle the mint leaves, blueberries, simple syrup and lemon juice together.
  2. Pour in the bourbon and shake.
  3. Fill a rocks glass to the top with crushed ice and pour over the ice without straining.
  4. Garnish with a whole mint leaf and blueberries
  5. Makes 1 cocktail
Recipe Type: Cocktail, Beverage


To make the simple syrup, simply bring to boil equal amounts of water and sugar.
If you don't have an ice machine at home to make the crushed ice, place some ice cubes in a tea towel and using a meat pounder or hammer crush the ice in the towel.

Blueberry Bourbon Smash from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

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  5. Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons

    Oh, brunch is nothing BUT an excuse to drink before noon, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Although sometimes…brunch turns into an all day pub crawl. But, that happens to everybody….right?

    But seriously, you know I love bourbon smashes. Next time I have fresh mint on hand, I’ll try this. Because I always seem to buy mint, use like 4 leaves of it, and then watch it die in the fridge. Not anymore! Where’s the Bulleit?

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