Did you know it was National Bourbon Heritage month? We had no idea until the fine folks at Four Roses, reached out and wanted to know how we were going to celebrate? I guess they have heard that it is no secret that we love our bourbon. It doesn’t matter what season it is; bourbon appears in our cocktail glasses more often than not. Cannot wait for you to try out this fall inspired Blackberry Sage Bourbon Smash cocktail recipe.
If you are not familiar with Four Roses, their Yellow Label Bourbon is a great go-to bourbon for cocktails; especially Fall inspired ones. This bourbon has aromas of pear and apple and well as warm spices, which mixes well with sage and sultry blackberries. I find that this bourbon is great in a cocktail but also excellent served neat.
I typically make a version of this cocktail all summer using thyme or basil in my simple syrup. Come Fall; I switch these herbs out for Sage. Sage gives the simple syrup a bit of a woody, musty flavor which is perfect for bourbon drinks. Blackberries you can never go wrong all year long! Top off this cocktail with just a splash of tonic to give it some bubbles!
Recipe: Blackberry Sage Bourbon Smash
8 plump blackberries, the bigger the better
1-ounce sage simple syrup (1/2 cup unrefined sugar and 1/2 cup water, 5 sage leaves)
2 ounces Four Roses Bourbon
blackberry, as a garnish
sage leave, as a garnish
Let’s make the simple syrup first; place all the ingredients for the simple syrup into a saucepan, bring to a boil, then turn off the heat and let sit until cooled. Strain into a glass bottle and use for fall cocktails.
Place 8 blackberries and 1 ounce of the simple syrup into a large glass and muddle. Add the bourbon and give a quick muddle.
Fill a cocktail glass with crushed ice and pour in the blackberry bourbon mixture. Stir.
Top with some tonic water.
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