Blueberry Smash

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This blueberry cocktail was a no brainer for us to make. We wanted a boozy tipple for a speakeasy party, and we knew we wanted some absinthe used in it as well. Plus, blueberries and lemons were on sale, so this one was born!

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Liquid in jigger being poured into shaker




We based this recipe off of a classic cocktail known as the Choker.
Liquid being poured into shaker

Choker Cocktail

For 6
4 Glasses Whisky
2 Glasses Absinthe
1 Dash Absinthe Bitters
This Cocktail is to be very thoroughly shaken and no sweetening in any form should be added. This cocktail comes from the Savoy Cocktail Book by Henry Craddock, which was published in 1930 and has over 750 classic cocktails that a lot of today’s cocktails are based off of. We love to read it just to get ideas, which sparked this Blueberry Smash.


So, we were inspired by this Choker cocktail recipe, but threw the original out the window for this one!



Shaker with rocks glass behind




Smash Cocktail

We basically made a classy smash cocktail. But, didn’t add an herb, we used absinthe instead. This cocktail really is an amalgamation of a lot of things! But, it’s tasty!


The Smash is in a family of cocktails that generally include:


  • alcohol
  • sweetener
  • herb
  • seasonal fruit
  • ice



Absinthe being sprayed into rocks glass




Don’t worry about what appears to be a lot of ingredients, because smashes are easy to make, especially for the beginning cocktail maker. Since the definition of the Smash drink is very loose, you really can’t do anything wrong.



Cocktail being poured into rocks glass




For example, ice can be in the drink or strained, the seasonal fruit can be muddled or simply be a garnish. You can pretty much do anything you want. And we like that feature!



Cocktail being poured into rocks glass




What Ingredients are Needed for the Blueberry Cocktail?

  • Blueberries
  • Lemon Simple Syrup
  • Bourbon
  • Bitters
  • Absinthe




It’s a great way to class up your favorite bourbon and is a refreshing choice for everyday drinking, or for a speakeasy event as we made this one for!



Especially with the touch of absinthe, this is a very pre-prohibition cocktail for sure!



Cocktail being poured into rocks glass




How to Make the Blueberry Smash

Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, smash the berries in a shaker. Add the lemon simple syrup and bitters. Top with bourbon and ice.



Shake vigorously to combine!



Blueberry cocktail in rocks glass with berries




Spray glass with a mist of absinthe. Strain cocktail into glass. Top with more berries if desired.






Absinthe Rinse vs Misting

This is a technique that is entirely subject to the maker of the cocktail. The difference is a rinse imparts a small concentration of flavor in the glass, and a spray provides an aromatic quality to enhance the nose of a drink. In this cocktail we did a spray.



We wanted the nose to really stand out, which it does with it’s black licorice notes. But, it also adds a bit of flavor to the cocktail. We also love using our Mr Misto, which makes it so easy to do a spray!



Pink Cocktail in rocks glass with berries




We hope you try this one out, it was the most popular cocktail of the night, and our friends loved it as well!






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Blueberry Smash
Yield: 1

Blueberry Smash

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This blueberry cocktail is easy to make and a tasty choice! Make this blueberry, lemon, bourbon and absinthe Blueberry Smash cocktail.


  • 5 Blueberries
  • .5 Lemon Simple Syrup
  • 1.50 oz Bourbon
  • dash bitters
  • Absinthe


  1. Place berries and simple syrup in the bottom of a shaker. Muddle to combine until berries are broken up.
  2. Add in bourbon and bitters. Top with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously to combine.
  4. Spray or rinse glass with absinthe.
  5. Strain into glass with ice.
  6. Cheers!


We spray the absinthe, but feel free to rinse!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: .1gSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 16.1gFiber: .7gSugar: 2.9gProtein: .2g



Pink cocktail in rocks glass, blueberries



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