Raspberry Bourbon Smash

side view of garnished drink with limes and raspberries in the background

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! 

Hello Summer! It’s official – you’re almost here. Even though the first official day of Summer isn’t until mid June, I’m celebrating you now. Why? Because 1) it’s the weekend and 2) we deserve it! 

Oh, and it’s been a long week. Or rather, a long three months. Ha! 

So, here we are! A brand new cocktail recipe on OBB that is so super light, refreshing and full of Summery flavor.

close up overhead shot of raspberry smash with fresh mint as garnish

I hesitated posting cocktails on here for a long time. I did when I first started and they barely got any traffic – but I recently re-posted my Simple Lemon Lime Margaritas and they were SO popular! So I thought – I will give the people what they want! Summery, fresh cocktails! YAY! 

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. 

If you didn’t know – it’s berry season here in NC! So you best believe I’ve been picking up berries every time I’m out at the store – including raspberries! 

raspberries in drink glass

Raspberries are super underrated in my opinion and they really shine in this drink! They have an amazing mix of sweetness and tartness. 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! 

straight on shot of bourbon in a shot glass

The mint adds an amazing amount of freshness to this drink and a cooling effect for those extra hot Summer days we have ahead of us! 

Combined with the bubbly club soda (or see my list below for substitutions), it’s super stimulating and is the best drink to have when you’re sitting on your back porch on a warm Summer evening. 

Ingredients You Need:

  • Bourbon 
  • Fresh raspberries 
  • Squeeze of lime 
  • Fresh mint
  • Club soda/seltzer 
  • Dash of simple syrup 

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. 

raspberries and fresh mint in 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! 

raspberries + mint muddled with bourbon and ice in glass

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

extreme close up of garnished raspberry bourbon smash drink

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!  

straight on shot of garnished drink with limes in the background

No raspberries? Sub with blackberries! Or try it with raspberry preserves!

Don’t have mint? Try out thyme! 

hand grabbing the garnished drink from the side

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: 

Simple Lemon Lime Margaritas 

Ginger Kombucha Moscow Mule 

Pear and Ginger Crisp with Bourbon 

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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. Add in the lime, simple syrup and bourbon. Mix together with a spoon. Add ice and a heavy splash of club soda or seltzer. Mix together one last time. 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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