Thursday, January 26, 2012

blackberry smash

Digging Design*Sponge's "Behind the Bar" series.

How yummy does the Blackberry Smash sound?

It feels like the perfect drink for this time of year. Fresh and fruity yet still packing enough substance (read: whiskey) to feel right for winter.

At this stage of the season, are any of you guys almost repulsed by the thought of hot and/or cinnamon-spiced cocktails? Blech.

The below recipe was created by Andrew and Carrie Purcell. He's a photographer and she's a food stylist. How fun are they? Check out their blog Pictures & Pancakes (featured not only on Design*Sponge, but also Goop).

Happy drinking!

Blackberry Smash Ingredients

  • 5 blackberries
  • 6-8 mint leaves, torn (plus more for garnish)
  • ½ small red plum, peeled and diced (plus more for garnish)
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • ½ ounce cointreau
  • 2 ounces whiskey

Blackberry Smash Methodology

Makes 1 serving

In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries, mint, plum and simple syrup until broken up. Add ice, cointreau and whiskey. Shake vigorously 12 to 15 seconds. Strain into a low ball glass filled with ice and garnish with a slice of plum and sprig of mint. Enjoy!

(images courtesy andrew purcell and design*sponge)


  1. Yum. Come back to Htown so we can serve those up.

  2. How about I meet you at the Alamo?? ;)