Winter Bourbon Smash

Raspberry Jam Bourbon Smash | #newyears

Friends! 2013 is almost over. Do you have New Year’s plans yet? Whether you’re going out or staying in, we have the perfect simple drink for you: A winter bourbon smash.

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This drink has quite the history. We especially loved this excerpt:

“The smash is an open-ended cocktail, freely variable and seasonally flexible. There must be ice…There should be fruit in season, though you may use it simply as a garnish. There should be a spirit base…You may want to water your smash down a little or add a spritz of seltzer. At its heart, the smash is a wonderfully forgiving and flexible drink, made for…using what’s on hand and for smashing it all together over ice for pure sipping bliss.”

Now that we’re all learned on this beautiful, simple cocktail, let’s get to mixin’.

Raspberry Bourbon Smash

It all starts with raspberry jam. We called this a winter smash since traditionally a smash should contain a seasonal fruit. Being that it’s frigid outside and fresh fruit isn’t exactly plentiful, a jam is the perfect solution.

For flavor we went with raspberry, but you could really use any jam or preserve you have on hand. A perfect pairing to raspberry is orange, which we used as both a garnish and juice to add a brightness to this cocktail.

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Two things I love about this drink:

1) It has a quenchable thickness thanks to the preserves.
2) It highlights the bourbon beautifully.

I wouldn’t consider myself a huge bourbon fan (unless it’s in caramel). But the more I try it in drinks like this, the more I love it. It has less of a punch than vodka and tequila and a distinct flavor that’s absolutely delicious when well mixed.

Simple Winter Raspberry Bourbon Smash

This drink is my new favorite. It’s:

Not too sweet
Slightly creamy
Bright with citrus
Not too strong
And so easy to make.

Make it this New Year’s Eve to bring in 2014 right. This is definitely what we’ll be cheersing to at midnight. Enjoy!

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Winter Bourbon Smash
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A winter bourbon smash made with raspberry preserves instead of fresh fruit to keep it seasonal and simple. Fresh and citrusy, not too sweet and perfect for New Year's Eve and other cold weather special occasions.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
  • 2 Tbsp preserves or jam of choice (we went with organic raspberry)
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1 Tbsp triple sec
  • 2-3 Tbsp orange juice
  • Orange segments
  • A splash of club soda brightens it up
  1. Add 1/2 cup ice, preserves, bourbon, triple sec and orange juice to a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  2. Pour into serving glass with a few ice cubes and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with orange slices and enjoy. Repeat for more drinks.
*We love the flavor and affordability of Bulleit Bourbon
*Inspired by Cooking Light Magazine
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 drink Calories: 223 Fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 29 g Sugar: 32 g Sodium: 1100 mg Protein: 0 g


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  1. says

    Seeing as it is Monday and I’m on an exercise bike while typing this on my phone maybe I shouldn’t be getting this excited about bourbon. But I am! Real life. I live the idea of incorporating jam into a cocktail.

  2. says

    For someone that keeps joking that drinking is going to be her new hobby this recipe came along the right time! Seriously, I love getting the history on the drink, and it sounds amazing. Truly hoping to try this soon!

  3. Michelle says

    My husband loves bourbon. And I usually do not. But after making this cocktail, we are both in love with the subtle sweet flavor. This is a keeper recipe !! Thanks for sharing :)

    I tried to give you five stars, but it restricted me to four !!

    • says

      haha, thanks Michelle! I too was hesitant with the bourbon but I loved how subtle it was in this recipe. Glad you and your husband enjoyed it! Happy New Year :D


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