Blackberry Whiskey Smash

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Winning at life requires one to know how to do a few specific things, very well. Making a Whiskey Smash is one of those things. (Sorry for those who thought I was going to get all philosophical in this post). Even if your bartending skills are sub par, it’s a very simple drink to make. But, remember, a drink is only as good as the ingredients you use. QUALITY WHISKEY ONLY! 

Now go make yourself a drink! You can thank me later. 


4 to 5 fresh blackberries

Juice of ½ lemon

6 fresh mint leaves

3 teaspoons raw sugar

2 ounces bourbon whiskey

For garnish(optional):


Mint sprig


Gently muddle lemon juice, mint leaves, sugar and blackberries in a highball glass. Stir in the whiskey. Add ice (crushed ice preferred) 

For garnish, thread a wooden skewer or tooth pick through 3 to 4 blackberries and add it to your cocktail with fresh mint.  

‘Plated or Poured’ is our new food and drink column featuring Rashad Frazier, a prolific home cook who hails from North Carolina and currently lives in NYC. When it comes to food and drink, he stands for everything good and righteous. You can keep up with his culinary exploits and so much more on his food and lifestyle blog, PULLEDTOGETHER.

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