This Bourbon Smash Cocktail is a fresh, seasonal spin on the classic whiskey smash recipe you can make in the summertime.

Using bourbon and a bit of club soda, this bourbon smash libation is full of fresh fruit and the zing of cinnamon we enjoy when it’s cold outside.

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You know I love sharing our favorite cocktails with you, and this one is no different! It’s a fabulous mix of rich, rustic flavors. It’s strong, but sweetened with simple syrup, berries and herbs… and I think you’re going to love it!

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What Is A Bourbon Smash?

This cocktail is king.

Known as the king of cocktails, bartender Dale DeGroff at the Rainbow Room in New York modified the mint julep (fresh mint, simple syrup) by adding muddled lemon wedges to create the whiskey smash.

A whiskey smash is a mixture of fruit muddled and smashed and mixed with bourbon to create a unique flavor.

It is often citrus fruits that are placed in a container and smashed with a muddler, and finally strained into the old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice, mint leaves and fruit wedges.

Trio of clear glasses full of a whiskey smash recipe with rosemary and cinnamon stick for garnish.

I love creating fresh new cocktails for you, and wintertime is the perfect opportunity to snuggle up by the fire with a new recipe.

Check out my oatmeal cookie cocktail, peppermint white russian, snowball (with amaretto – yum!) and spiked hot chocolate for more of the best winter favorites!

Bourbon vs Whiskey

Raise your hand if you know the difference between bourbon and whiskey? 

Clear glass with blueberries and ice, whiskey at the bottom.

Let’s keep it as simple as possible.  Whiskey can be produced just about anywhere. Bourbon whiskey must be produced in the United States.  

Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. The grains typically include malted barley, rye, corn or wheat. The whiskey is aged in oak barrels for months, even years to develop a unique flavor.

Would it confuse you more if I told you a whiskey sour was actually made with bourbon?

In fact, Bourbon is American barrel-aged whiskey that is also aged in oak barrels. However, it must be made from 51% fermented corn mash, also barrel-aged in white oak barrels to give them a distinct color and flavor.

Three Smash cocktails garnished with rosemary, blueberries, oranges, and cinnamon sticks all on a white plate.

Bourbon Smash Ingredients

  • Bourbon
  • Blueberries – frozen
  • Lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • Club soda

The bourbon adds distinction to the Winter Smash cocktail, and fresh fruits add the citrus flavor. Fresh lemon and blueberries are smashed and strained over the glass of ice, bourbon and cinnamon.

How to Make a Bourbon Smash

  1. Begin by placing lemon wedges and blueberries in a jar or glass. marble surface, bowl of lemon slices and blueberries.. marble surface, bowl of lemon slices and blueberries with a wooden muddler.
  2. Now, we get to smash! Using a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon), smash the fruit in the glass so you can easily see their juices. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon and poor into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Clear pitcher, white surface, muddler inside smashing fruit for a bourbon smash recipe. Looking into a pitcher of smashed fruit for a whiskey smash recipe, muddler at work. Looking into a pitcher of smashed fruit for a whiskey smash recipe.
  3. Fill your rocks glass with crushed ice. Glasses ready for cocktails, pitcher of smashed fruit to the side.
  4. Next, add your favorite bourbon. Four Roses, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey are three favorites I keep on hand. Clear glass with blueberries and ice, whiskey at the bottom.
  5. Using a cocktail strainer, strain the smashed fruit into your glass.
  6. Finally, top with club soda.
Clear glass of a whiskey smash cocktail recipe, rosemary and cinnamon for garnish.

Garnish Your Winter Bourbon Smash

This delicious whiskey smash recipe deserves a grand presentation.

I make sure to add a lemon wedge and a few frozen blueberries to my glass of ice.

Top your bourbon smash with more frozen blueberries, even slicing some ever so slightly so they rest on the rim of the glass. Add a cinnamon stick and a sprig of rosemary to increase the winter feel. 

The Winter Smash is not only delectable, but so stunning, no one in the room will be able to miss it! 

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Trio of clear glasses full of a whiskey smash recipe with rosemary and cinnamon stick for garnish.

I’d love to hear from you if you make this delicious winter bourbon smash recipe. Are you a bourbon loving household?

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Three glasses of bourbon smash cocktails on a white tray, garnished with blueberries, lemon, rosemary and cinnamon
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Bourbon Smash Cocktail | Whiskey Winter Smash Recipe

The Winter Smash cocktail is a spin on a classic whiskey smash recipe. With both bourbon and club soda, this bourbon smash is full of fruit and cinnamon.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
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Ingredients  

  • 6 ounces bourbon
  • 1 cup blueberries frozen
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 12 ounces club soda

Instructions 

  • Start by placing lemon wedges and blueberries in a jar or glass.
  • Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, smash the fruit in the glass so you can easily see their juices. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon and poor into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  • Fill your four rocks glasses with crushed ice.
  • Add 1.5 ounce of your favorite bourbon to each glass.
  • Using a cocktail strainer, strain the smashed fruit into your glass.
  • Top with club soda.

Julie’s Tips

Garnishing your winter smash: 
I make sure to add a lemon wedge and a few frozen blueberries to my glass of ice.
Top the cocktail with more frozen blueberries, even slicing some ever so slightly so they rest on the rim of the glass. Add a cinnamon stick and a sprig of rosemary to increase the winter feel.
Don’t forget, if you hover your mouse over the serving size in this printable recipe card, you can change the servings right inside the card! So easy to make more or less! 
Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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