Blackberry, Basil, Bourbon Cocktail

Nothing says summer like a fresh, fruit-based mixed drink. Take the edge (and heat) off with this concoction.

Whiskey Blackberry Smash Cocktail
Travis Rathbone

We asked Redemption Whiskey ambassador Matt Klette to supply us with his idea of the essential summer cocktail.

He delivered with the Whiskey Smash—a summery blend of fresh berries, basil, and bourbon.

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Prep time

5 min.

  • 2-3 basil leaves
  • 3 blackberries
  • 1 1⁄2 oz Redemption High-Rye Bourbon
  • 1⁄2 oz Licor 43
  • 1⁄2 oz lemon juice

Muddle basil and blackberries lightly in the bottom of a shaker. 

Add bourbon, Licor 43, and lemon juice. Top with crushed ice, stir lightly, and serve.