I hope that everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. My parents and brother came into town and we spent the whole weekend outside in the warm sun, grilling and sipping on delicious drinks like this blueberry vanilla bourbon smash.
This wasn’t the first time that this bourbon smash was a hit at a get together. I made this drink at a Kentucky Derby party this year that Hubby and I went to. The combination of the blueberries and the vanilla give a light and sweet taste, with the bourbon adding a bit of sharpness for your sipping pleasure.
And of course you can make the bourbon smash into a mocktail by taking out the bourbon and you still have a tasty fizzy drink to enjoy all summer long.
The vanilla you use for the recipe matters. I like using Nielson-Massey vanilla for the bourbon smash. The pure vanilla extract gives off the perfect flavor to mix with the blueberries and citrus. Be sure to use a high-quality vanilla for this recipe!
Blueberry Vanilla Bourbon Smash
- BLUEBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP:
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 TBSP blueberries
- 4 TBSP blueberry simple syrup
- 1 slices lemon cut into
- 2 ounces bourbon*
- club soda
- To make the blueberry simple syrup, combine the sugar, water, vanilla, and blueberries in a sauce pan and boil on high heat.
- Once boiling, turn down to low and cook until the blueberries have burst open and the sugar has dissolved (about 10-15 minutes).
- Strain and press the mixture with a strainer, and allow the liquid to cool. Discard the solids.
- This makes about 1 1/2 cups of syrup that can be kept in the fridge for weeks or the freezer for a few months (AKA all summer long!).
- To make the smash, muddle the blueberries and lemon in a sturdy drinking glass (I also like to line the rim of my glasses with sugar!).
- Add the ice and simple syrup. Then add the bourbon and top with club soda.
* My family is slightly partial to “Urban Bourbon”, AKA Woodford Reserve. My mother and I decided to randomly tour the distillery one day while in Kentucky and we fell in love with the taste and with the time we got to share together (how often do you get to taste test bourbon with your mom?).
**I also must say that I do NOT condone underage drinking, and please drink very responsibly. Okay? Thanks!