Blueberry Bourbon Smash Pitcher

Offer me a drink where a good bourbon is involved and I’m in. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere right? Today happens to be Wednesday and what better than a refreshing mid-week cocktail after a long day.

My favorite Bourbon for a smash is Woodford Reserve. It just blends so well with sweet cocktails. The original version of a smash goes back to the 1800’s and its a concoction of spirits, sugar, mint and fruit in juice and for the garnish. Even though I didn’t have any mint on hand during the making of this cocktail, I did have more blueberries than I could possibly consume in a fruit salad. This got me thinking of what I could create to make the BEST use of them and what better than a blueberry simple syrup that would go perfect in my cocktail. Logically this would help me think better of what I was going to do with the remaining blueberries right. 😉

My hubby and I are always looking to come up with different flavors to blend in our bourbon drinks and this is by far our favorite yet. You can make the syrup in 3 simple steps and use it to makes enough drinks to call a cocktail night and serve to all your friends.

For a basic homemade simple syrup you just take equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. That’s it friends. This will keep in the fridge for about 3 weeks. Let’s kick it up a couple of notches shall we…

The homemade blueberry syrup is just 4 simple steps and so worth it. Let’s get started. First, in a small saucepan add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of “light brown sugar”. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. 2. Add the blueberries and bring the mix to a simmer. When you see the blueberries starting to burst, you’re done. Keep an eye on it because it takes just a couple of minutes. 3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Pour the blueberry mix into a blender and crank it up slowly. Blending until the mix liquefied. 4. Place a mesh colander over a bowl and strain the blueberry mix so you’re left with a silky syrup. You’re done. It was that easy. Now just transfer the syrup to a container meant for liquids and that has a top so you can pour it out easily and store it in the same container. This will keep for about 3 weeks in the fridge. On a side note, you can pour this over some pancakes or waffles and maybe a little maple syrup. I probably don’t have to tell you how ridiculously good that is, but I will, it’s better than……….chocolate 😉

This is all you need at the end of a lonnnggg day

I decided to make this recipe in pitcher size because this cocktail is too good to make just one at a time. Trust me! If you want to try one out for yourself before you make a big batch just divide the ingredient list by 4 as the pitcher instructions makes 4 cocktails.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of a good Bourbon like Woodford Reserve
  • 4 ounces of a good orange liqueur like Grand Marnier
  • 4 ounces of homemade blueberry simple syrup (instructions above)
  • 4 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 oz. of ginger beer (it’s about a splash in each drink)
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Fill a drink shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the Bourbon, syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  4. Pour the mix into the pitcher you will use to serve the drinks and refrigerate.
  5. When ready to serve place a large ice cube into each glass. Fill the glass 3/4 of the way with the Bourbon mix and top with a splash of ginger.
  6. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
  7. Cheers!

Notes

  • In case you’re not a bourbon drinker, you can swap that out for vodka instead. You can leave the alcohol out altogether and add some carbonated water for a refreshing drink anytime.
  • The blueberry syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks so don’t be shy to use the next morning on your pancakes.
  • I used an ice tray that freezes 6 large ice cubes at a time. This is how most trendy bars and restaurants serve them now and I think it looks so classy.

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Blueberry Bourbon Smash Pitcher

Just the right touch of sweetness from the syrup blends like a dream with a good bourbon and freshly squeezed lemon juice, topped with a splash of ginger beer.

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces good quality Bourbon like Woodford Reserve
  • 4 ounces a good quality orange liqueur like Grand Marnier
  • 4 ounces homemade blueberry syrup (recipe in the notes below)
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 ounces ginger beer

Instructions

  1. Fill a drink shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Bourbon, syrup and lemon juice
  3. Shake for 30 seconds and pour into the pitcher you will use to serve the drinks.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Place a large ice cube in the cocktail glass and fill 3/4 of the way with the Bourbon mix.
  6. Top with a splash of ginger beer and garnish with a lemon wedge.
  7. Cheers!

Notes

  • In case you’re not a bourbon drinker, you can swap that out for vodka instead. You can leave the alcohol out altogether and add some carbonated water for a refreshing drink anytime.
  • The blueberry syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks so don’t be shy to use the next morning on your pancakes.
  • I used an ice tray that freezes 6 large ice cubes at a time. This is how most trendy bars and restaurants serve them now and I think it looks so classy.
  • Homemade Blueberry Syrup:  first, in a small saucepan add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of “light brown sugar”. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. 2. Add the blueberries and bring the mix to a simmer. When you see the blueberries starting to burst, you’re done. Keep an eye on it because it takes just a couple of minutes. 3. Remove from the heat and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes. Pour the blueberry mix into a blender and crank it up slowly. Blending until the mix liquefied. 4. Place a mesh colander over a bowl to strain the blueberry mix so you’re left with a silky syrup and you’re done. Transfer the syrup to a container meant for liquids and that has a top so you can pour it out easily and store it in the same container.

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