Mulberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail


Summertime is mulberry season, and if you love these little plump berries then you will love our incredibly addictive Mulberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail. It's made with our Spiced Mulberry Simple Syrup. Cheers!

Summertime is mulberry season, and if you love these little plump berries, then you will love our incredibly addictive Mulberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail. It’s made with our Spiced Mulberry Simple Syrup. Cheers!

Summertime is mulberry season, and if you love these little plump berries then you will love our incredibly addictive Mulberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail. It's made with our Spiced Mulberry Simple Syrup. Cheers!

Mulberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail

Here is a cocktail that only comes around in the summertime and boy ‘o boy how we wish it weren’t the case. You see, mulberries only appear in the warmer months in the midwest and as far I know you won’t find them in the frozen food section. 

Did you know that mulberries and bourbon whiskey are a match made in heaven?

And maybe that’s a good thing because absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Perhaps, the rarity of mulberries in the off-season is also why this cocktail is so special. In Michigan, mulberries can be harvested from late-June through August and then they’re gone. Talk about a short window to enjoy this dark, sweet, and succulent fruit. But by making the berries into our spiced simple syrup, you can enjoy a mulberry cocktail year-round. 

If you haven’t tried a mulberry cocktail, then I don’t know what to say.

Basically, you got to try this delicious concoction. I mean, our friendship could very well be in jeopardy. Real talk? Maybe. But seriously though, do yourself a favor and give it a whirl! What’s the worse thing that can happen?

Our Spiced Mulberry Simple Syrup is a darker the berry the sweeter the juice kind of love affair.

In the midwest, you can find a mulberry tree just about anywhere, and if you are fortunate you’ll see them pop up at farmers markets here and there, they kind of look similar to blackberries but the berries are bruise easier, and will stain your fingers with their dark sweet berry juice lickety-split! I find the best way to find them is to ask around because there is always someone who knows where the mulberry trees grow. 

 

 

Mulberries are unassuming and perfectly suited for the home bar enthusiast. Just gonna put that out there…

 

It’s a bit of midwest summer in a rocks glass. Cheers!

For this recipe, I used a cup and a half of just-picked fresh mulberries and sweetened the deal with light brown sugar, and two tablespoons of real maple syrup, and to spice things up I tossed in a little cinnamon and nutmeg. You can whip this easy recipe in under ten minutes, but you will be able to enjoy for a lot longer than that because when you store it in an airtight Mason jar, it will last for 1-2 weeks, but I have a feeling it’ll be all gone by then. This is also a great way to not only sweeten cocktails but just about anything you want to add a little bit of sweet spice to, like yogurt, oatmeal, or drizzle some on top of your ice cream. To extend the shelf life of the fruit-flavored syrup add a single tablespoon of vodka to the cooled syrup and store in an airtight and sterilized Mason jar. It should last up to thirty (30) days. Enjoy. 

Mulberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Spiced Mulberry Simple Syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 whole mulberries
  • 1-ounce triple sec liquor 
  • 2 fresh mint leaves
  • mint sprig for garnish
  • 2-3 whole mulberries for garnish
  • ice

Directions:

  1. Into a cocktail tin, add four mulberries, two mint leaves, and lemon juice and muddle.
  2. Add bourbon whiskey, triple sec, and two Mulberry Spiced Fruit Syrup.
  3. Fill the cocktail tin with crushed ice and secure the lid.
  4. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  5. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  6. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and 2-3 whole mulberries.
  7. Serve.  
Muddling the mint leaves and whole mulberries together is the best kind of cocktail apothecary.

How to make Spiced Mulberry Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mulberries
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon vodka (optional)

Directions:

  1. Into a saucepan over med-high heat add the mulberries and filtered clean water.
  2. Add pure maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.
  3. Bring the mixture to a roiling boil for about two minutes.
  4. Using a fork or a potato smasher press down on the fruit to release the berry juice.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat and place a tight-fitting lid on top.
  6. Allow the spiced mulberry simple syrup to steep for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  7. Once the fruit syrup has cooled, add one tablespoon of vodka to extend the shelflife up to a month.
  8. Store inside of the fridge in a Mason jar with a lid.
This Mulberry Bourbon Smash cocktail is big flavor and overflowing with summer vibes.

 

Mulberry Bourbon Smash Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Spiced Mulberry Simple Syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 whole mulberries
  • 1-ounce triple sec liquor 
  • 2 fresh mint leaves
  • mint sprig for garnish
  • 2-3 whole mulberries for garnish
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Into a cocktail tin, add four mulberries, two mint leaves, and lemon juice and muddle.
  2. Add bourbon whiskey, triple sec, and two Mulberry Spiced Fruit Syrup.
  3. Fill the cocktail tin with crushed ice and secure the lid.
  4. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  5. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  6. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and 2-3 whole mulberries.
  7. Serve.

Notes

How to make Spiced Mulberry Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh mulberries
  • 1 cup of filtered water
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon vodka (optional)

Directions:

  1. Into a saucepan over med-high heat add the mulberries and filtered clean water.
  2. Add pure maple syrup, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg.
  3. Bring the mixture to a roiling boil for about two minutes.
  4. Using a fork or a potato smasher press down on the fruit to release the berry juice.
  5. Remove the saucepan from heat and place a tight-fitting lid on top.
  6. Allow the spiced mulberry simple syrup to steep for fifteen to twenty minutes.
  7. Once the fruit syrup has cooled, add one tablespoon of vodka to extend the shelflife up to a month.
  8. Store inside of the fridge in a Mason jar with a lid.

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