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Sense & Edibility's Blackberry-Vodka Smash

Blackberry-Vodka Smash

Use sweet, ripe blackberries and a good quality vodka to create this delicious libation. 
Course Libations
Cuisine North American
Keyword blackberry, cocktail, vodka
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails


  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 8 mint leaves (plus more for garnishing)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or more, to taste)
  • 4 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
  • 1/2 dry pint ripe blackberries (plus more for garnishing)
  • 3 oz vodka
  • 2 oz ginger beer
  • 2 cups ice, divided


  • Add the lemon juice, mint leaves, honey, bitters and berries to a cocktail shaker. 
  • Use your muddler to smash everything together in the cocktail shaker.
  • Add the vodka to the shaker along with a handful of ice. Cap the shaker and shake vigorously until the shaker frosts on the outside.
  • Fill two old fashioned glasses with ice and strain half of the blackberry-vodka mixture into each glass- just eyeball it. 
  • Float ginger beer over the blackberry-vodka syrup and give it a gentle stir with a spoon.
  • Garnish each Blackberry-Vodka Smash with a sprig of mint and a couple of plump blackberries.