Berry Vodka Smash Recipe

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Berry Vodka Smash Recipe

This berry vodka smash is made with freshly muddled strawberries and raspberries, fresh rosemary, blackberry jam, honey syrup, and lemon juice. A berry refreshing and irresistible summer sipper (sorry, I had to).

Think of the vodka smash as a spin on the classic mojito, packed with fresh fruits, herbs, a natural sweetener, and citrus. Not a vodka fan? It could easily be made with bourbon or white rum, rendering equally delicious results.

I also find that mixing vodka with other liqueurs and flavors really changes the taste, like in my dessert Chocolate Martini.

Muddle the Fruits

This cocktail requires a muddler. A muddler will help you pulverize the fruits and rosemary to extract the oils and juices. You want to turn the raspberries and strawberries into a jam of their own, so they become a smooth pulp with no chunks. This will give you a fruit-infused cocktail in every sip. You cannot over-muddle this cocktail.

How to Make Honey Syrup

This cocktail uses honey syrup, which is essentially simple syrup made with honey. It easily dissolves into cocktails and adds an earthy honey flavor.

Heat 1/4 cup of water in the microwave for 45 seconds until warm. Stir in 1/4 cup of honey until fully dissolved and golden brown. The proper consistency is a little thicker than water when at room temp. This makes 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of honey syrup, which is enough for 4 cocktails.

Blackberry Jam

Blackberry jam is a third fruit source, sweetener, and nice addition of color. Blackberry jam or blackberry preserves should be easy to find in the grocery store. If not, you can always substitute for strawberry or raspberry jam. It’s not quite the same cocktail but can work in a pinch (or if you have a thing against blackberries for that matter). That said, the blackberry jam is my favorite part.

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Berry Vodka Smash Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A fruity and refreshing summer vodka cocktail made with muddled fresh strawberries and raspberries, fresh rosemary, blackberry jam, honey syrup, and lemon juice.

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces vodka, can also use bourbon or white rum
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce honey syrup
  • 1 teaspoon blackberry jam or preserves, strawberry/raspberry jam can be substituted
  • 2 raspberries
  • 1 medium strawberry, stem removed
  • 1/2 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • Optional extra lemon wedges and rosemary sprigs as garnish

Honey syrup

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hot water

Instructions 

  • In a Boston shaker, muddle strawberry, raspberries, jam, and rosemary until the fruit is pulverized into a smooth pulp.
  • Add vodka, lemon, honey syrup, and a cup of ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour all contents into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge and rosemary spring if desired.

Honey syrup

  • Heat 1/4 cup of water in the microwave for 45 seconds until warm. Stir in 1/4 cup of honey until fully dissolved and golden brown. The proper consistency is a little thicker than water when at room temp.

Notes

Honey syrup recipe makes 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of honey syrup, enough for 4 cocktails.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 0.7gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 14mgFiber: 2.8gSugar: 6.6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
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About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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  1. Recipe includes how to make honey syrup, but not how much to use (at least not straight forward). Scrolling further down we find out one batch of honey syrup makes 8 cocktails, so 1/8 of the recipe (1 T?) Per cocktail. An update would help. Otherwise, looks tasty.