Raspberry Bourbon Smash

garnished raspberry bourbon smash in the direct sunlight

This Raspberry Bourbon Smash is the perfect Summer cocktail! Loaded with tons of fresh raspberries, cozy bourbon and fresh mint + lime! Delicious and refreshing! Cheers! 

This recipe was originally published in May 2020 – I’ve since updated the photos!

Y’all, we are still in the middle of Winter. We deserve a fresh, bright pick me up. 

So, here we are! A brand new cocktail recipe on OBB that is so super light, refreshing and full of flavor that makes you crave sunshine!

overhead shot of bubbly raspberry bourbon smash

Why You’re Going to Love This Drink:

So this particular cocktail is just THE BEST. It’s fresh – with both fresh fruit and herbs in it and I love the warming coziness of the bourbon that helps balance it all out. 

Raspberries are super underrated in my opinion and they really shine in this drink! They have an amazing mix of sweetness and tartness. They are the perfect fruit to stand up to the intense bourbon. The fresh lime really helps bring out the sweetness and adds a nice *zing* to the drink. 

By the way – you do add a little dash of simple syrup in this drink to help add cut the bitterness from the alcohol – but you can choose how much or little you’d like to add! 

overhead shot of shot glass filled with bourbon

The mint adds an amazing amount of freshness to this drink and a cooling effect.

Combined with the bubbly club soda (or see my list below for substitutions), it’s so delightful and is the best drink to sip on during these last few weekends of Winter – it’s sunshine in a glass!

Ingredients You Need:

  • Bourbon – I like using Elijah Craig or Woodford Reserve, however, any high quality bourbon should work!
  • Fresh raspberries – I used fresh raspberries for this recipe, however, if they aren’t in season, use frozen and let them thaw ahead of time 
  • Squeeze of lime – Fresh lime please!
  • Fresh mint – The mint adds such amazing flavor to the drink – don’t skip it!
  • Club soda/seltzer – You can use club soda, plain seltzer or your favorite flavored seltzer! Whatever bubbly and carbonated drink you prefer.
  • Dash of simple syrup – Make your own or use store-bought. You can also sub in agave for simplicity! 

How to Make Raspberry Bourbon Smash in 5 Simple Steps: 

  1. Add fresh raspberries and mint to your favorite cocktail glass. Use a muddler to muddle them – making sure they’re mashed and really incorporated with each other. 
  2. Add the bourbon, simple syrup and lime to the drink. Stir to combine
  3. Add ice. 
  4. Top with club soda/seltzer. Garnish with fresh raspberries and extra mint.
  5. Enjoy and sip away!

Tips for Making This Drink: 

Make sure and muddle the raspberries and mint together – this will really help the flavor go a long way and give it a much better depth of flavor. 

muddled raspberry and mint in the bottom of the cocktail glass

Taste and adjust! Before you add the simple syrup, I recommend tasting the drink and then adding either 1-2 tbsp of simple syrup and make it as sweet as you like it! 

photo of Elijah Craig bourbon

Garnish with fresh mint and extra raspberries – not only does it look pretty BUT it adds great texture to the drink itself. 

garnished cocktail in the light

If you prefer a stronger bourbon flavor, I suggest using 2 oz of bourbon to 1.5 oz (which is my normal). If you want more raspberry lime flavor, I would suggest sticking to 1.5 oz of bourbon! It’s all up to you though 😉 

Substitutions/Ways to Jazz it up:

  • Instead of club soda, use ginger beer or my all time favorite seltzer: Spindrift in the flavor Raspberry Lime! You could also get really crazy and maybe put a splash of prosecco in it as well!  
  • No raspberries? Sub with blackberries! Or try it with raspberry preserves!
  • Don’t have mint? Try out thyme! 
  • You can use dark or white rum in place of bourbon if desired. 
  • To make this drink a mocktail, skip the liquor all together and add more seltzer instead! 

Whatever you do, just try this drink! It’s delicious and smashing 😉 Food puns for the win! Stay safe, friends. XO – Haylie 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few more you might like: 

Orange Pineapple Ginger Spritz

Peach Coconut Mojitos

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

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4.67 from 3 votes

Raspberry Bourbon Smash

This Raspberry Bourbon Smash is the perfect Summer cocktail! Loaded with tons of fresh raspberries, cozy bourbon and fresh mint + lime! Delicious and refreshing! Cheers! 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword raspberry bourbon cocktail, raspberry bourbon smash, raspberry cocktail, raspberry lime drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Author Haylie


  • 1.5 oz bourbon (see notes!)
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 4-5 fresh mint leaves
  • 1-2 tsp simple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • heavy splash club soda or seltzer
  • ice


  1. Muddle the raspberries and mint together in the bottom of the glass.

  2. Add in the lime, simple syrup and bourbon. Mix together with a spoon.

  3. Add ice and a heavy splash of club soda or seltzer. Mix together one last time. Taste and add more sweetness if needed. Garnish with additional raspberries and sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you prefer a stronger bourbon flavor, add 2 oz. of bourbon instead of 1.5 oz. 

My favorite seltzer to use in this recipe is the Spindrift Raspberry Lime flavor! See substitutions above in the post for other recommendations. 

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Such a gorgeous colour Haylie and looks so refreshing. It’s a perfect summer drink. Our weekend is looking nice here, and this would be perfect for sipping on while relaxing on my back deck under the sun!

      1. 4 stars
        Hey Haylie, this sounds amazing! Does it HAVE to be bourbon? Is there any thing you could substitute with?

        1. Hi Cynthia – thank you so much for the compliment! 🙂 I haven’t tried it – but I think it would work with silver tequila or rum (dark or white would work I think!) Or you could have a fun mock-tail! Let me know how those turn out for you! Best – Haylie

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