The Smokin’ Blackberry Old Fashioned

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I got the inspiration for this after seeing a short video of someone making a bourbon-based cocktail with blackberries and some sort of syrup, followed by the addition of smoke, but there was no explanation or audio or follow-up to describe the drink or precisely what’s in it. So, as usual, I made up my own. I was going to call it the “Blackberry Smoke,” but then remembered there’s an Atlanta-based band with that moniker, and I didn’t want to have to deal with C&Ds or other legal Nasty-Grams that might come my way. So here’s the Smokin’ Blackberry. You might say it’s a cousin to the Smokin’ Peach, even.

Smokin’ Blackberry Old Fashioned

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A nice bourbon kick flavored with sweet blackberry and ginger. You’ll want to experiment with the bitters – I found that about 2 dashes really helps tone down the sweetness and round out the flavors.


  • 2 ounces 2 Bulleit bourbon

  • 1 ounce 1 ginger-lemon liqueur

  • 5-6 5-6 fresh blackberries

  • 1-2 dashes 1-2 Bitters

  • 1 sprig 1 Fresh rosemary (for garnish)

  • Ginger-Lemon Liqueur
  • 2 cups 2 granulated (white) sugar

  • 1 cup 1 water

  • 1/8 cup 1/8 freshly shaved ginger root

  • 1 tbsp 1 lemon zest

  • 3-4 ounces 3-4 white rum


  • Add blackberries to a mixing glass and crush with muddler
  • Add 1 oz. ginger-lemon liqueur
  • Add 2 oz. Bulleit bourbon
  • Stir until well-mixed
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, strain into cocktail glass over ice
  • Smoke with your favorite wood, garnish with a rosemary sprig
  • To make the ginger-lemon liqueur:
  • Mix 2 cups of sugar into 1 cup of water
  • Add lemon zest and shaved ginger
  • Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly as it nears boiling
  • When syrup reaches 180 degrees (use a candy thermometer or similar to test temperature), remove from heat and let cool
  • Once cooled, strain into a sterilized bottle, then add rum and mix well.
  • Use for cocktails, then refrigerate the rest. It will keep indefinitely


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