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Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

The Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami pays homage to classic Southern cooking and culture—with a twist. Here, cardamom imparts a rich, almost citrusy flavor.

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade Cocktail

Summertime means plump and juicy berries, and I recently purchased a package of beautiful blackberries from the market. There’s also nothing more refreshing than a glass of fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade. I thought that the combination of juicy and robust blackberries, with tangy lemons, would be a perfect balance with a barrel-aged whiskey, which resulted in a refreshing blackberry bourbon lemonade.

A little bit of molasses from the brown sugar adds just the right touch of sweetness and body to the drink and complements the smokiness of the bourbon. Muddling fresh mint and lemon peel adds some nice aromatics when you take your first sip, it’s delicious.

Now for the magic touch, some of the bourbon options could be Knobb Creek, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, or Marker’s Mark. Any of these will work! If you like a little fizz to your drink, lemon-flavored soda or soda water will make this cocktail more thirst-quenching.

To keep your cocktails nice and chilled and prevent diluting the flavor too quickly, try using a silicon sphere ice maker. I bought a set of Tovolo sphere ice molds for Jason for his birthday, and he loves them! The large ice spheres are easy to make, just refilling and freezing as you go. The molds come in a pack of two, and it’s under a $10 investment, definitely worth it when you enjoy nicer aged whiskeys.

This blackberry bourbon lemonade is a crowd-pleaser for your guests on those warm summer evenings. I have a hard time drinking whiskey straight, and this recipe allows you to enjoy the taste of the bourbon balanced with the fresh berries and lemon. This is a drink everyone can enjoy and if you like a stronger cocktail, pour away!

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade by Kurt

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Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Yield: 2 drinks

Total Time: 10 min

My take on a DIY at-home recipe for Yardbird Miami's signature Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade.


8 ounces fresh blackberries
6 ounces (3/4 cup) Bourbon (I used Bulleit Bourbon)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup simple syrup (See note below)
1 Tbs. fresh mint, torn
1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
Dash ground cardamom


Place two glasses or mason jars in the freezer.

Place the blackberries in a jar or pitcher. Using a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon, smash the blackberries until they are mostly broken down, but a few pieces still remain. Add the bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simply syrup, mint, lemon zest and cardamom and stir well.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in about half of the drink mixture. Shake well. Fill the chilled glasses or mason jars with ice. Strain the shaken mixture into one of the prepared mason jars and repeat with the remaining drink mixture. Garnish with additional lemon slices, blackberries and mint.

Cassie's Notes:
To make the simple syrup - combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 6 minutes, until reduced by half. I tried this recipe with simple syrup made with both granulated sugar and brown sugar and I preferred the molasses flavor of the brown sugar with the bourbon for this recipe.

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Yes we had a mini cool down and August comes with the dog days of summer, hit 100 again. My tomatoes are not happy about this heat, I swear they&rsquore cooking right on the vine. So forget your worries and make yourself a big glass of this southern classic Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade, it&rsquoll put a big ole smile on your face.

We first had this Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade at an awesome little off the wall place over in Illinois, on our way back from the Country Fair in Madison County. we had some good Cajun food that day from Who Dats in Troy, IL. Who Dats has some really good authentic Cajun food. Their menu also has a cute story about how the owners, &ldquoA boy from New Orleans and a girl from the Midwest&rdquo, originally met.

So I just checked their Facebook page and found out we missed the &ldquoFrog Leg Festival&rdquo, not something you normally hear about in these parts. Definitely have to mark our calendar for next year.

I just love small town charm. The people are always friendlier, there&rsquos a whole different vibe. More laid back and not as much rushing around. It reminds me of when I was little and visited relatives in the country. They didn&rsquot have air conditioners back then so they had to chill under the big shade tree in the heat of the day. It&rsquos a good thing to slow down, put your phone away and reminisce in conversation with some loved ones over an ice cold drink.

I almost forgot to take a picture of the bottle of bourbon that we used. It is a local brand called &ldquoRebel Yell&rdquo, but you can use your favorite brand Jack Daniels, Kentucky Bourbon, Jim Beam, Johnnie Walker etc.. We made the pitcher of Blackberry Lemonade and poured it over however much bourbon you like in the bottom of your glass, add a little ice and set back and enjoy!

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Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Growing up in the northeast, my childhood wasn’t full of picking fresh berries and bringing them home for my mother to mash up into jams and pies and sweet drinks. There were never blackberries by the basket-full sitting on our counters or purple-stained hands and teeth from sneaking a few.

There also wasn’t bourbon. Sure, you could find it sitting on a liquor store shelf, but there was none to steal from kitchen cabinets. I never hid in the back yard and tried my father’s bourbon out of half-curiosity, half-early rebellion. My grandfather never slipped me a sip after my parents left the dinner table. We never ate brown sugar bourbon ribs and my mother has never even tried a mint julep.

Yet there was an inexplicable sort of nostalgia I felt when I drank Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade. Maybe it was a little part of me that had longed for that sort of childhood, or maybe it was just the soothing nature of the drink that made everything feel comfortable and right.

This cocktail is perfect for a summer day, to serve in mason jars to friends or to sip from porch swings or to wash down a pulled pork sandwich with. It’s got enough sweetness and kick to make it a well-rounded drink for the fruity-cocktail-lovers and rugged-whiskey-drinkers alike. Southerner, northerener, easterner, westerner it doesn’t matter. You’re gonna love it.

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade is a southern cool delight.

Last week we went to South Beach for a week and we had the pleasure of eating at a restaurant called Yardbird. There theme is homestyle southern and there specialty is fried chicken, waffles and watermelon and don’t let me forget their buttermilk biscuits, which are to DIE for.

They also do a lot of specialty cocktails infusing their own alcohol, bourbon being their specialty.

While we waited for our table we talked to the bartender who had just moved to Miami from New York and filled us in on where to eat, hang out, what to order and when to go. For a guy who just moved to Florida, he was a wealth of information. He told us to try Yardbirds Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade, which we did, and we loved. I asked our new friend for the recipe and he was kind enough to share. Let me just tell you, I am not a big bourbon fan, but this cocktail, it is so freakin’good. We ordered a few while we ate dinner, and looking around the restaurant we weren’t the only ones who were enjoying this flavorful cocktail. The combo of the tart blackberries and lemon with the bourbon just makes a great mixed cocktail, and the hint of cardamon is genius. With all my cocktail recipes I share here this is a simple cocktail to whip up.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar’s Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

It was nominated for a James Beard Award and was named “Best New Restaurant” by Bon Appétit, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar serves up inventive takes on classic Southern goodness and has locations in Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Singapore – with locations coming soon in Dallas and Washington, D.C.!

Yardbird boasts a seriously impressive bourbon list (check it out here), which gives them a well-earned spot on our Bourbon Review Best Bourbon Bars list! They’re menu also includes fun bourbon flights and cocktails. One of our favorite bourbon cocktails, for a hot summer day like today, is this Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade!


1½ oz. Wild Turkey 81 bourbon
½ oz. lemon juice
½ oz. organic blackberry purée
½ oz. simple syrup
Dash aromatic bitters
1 cardamom pod
A splash of soda water


Add all the ingredients, except the soda water, to a shaker with ice and shake. Pour into an ice-filled glass and top with soda water.

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

This has become my go-to cocktail lately, primarily because it has only three ingredients and doesn't require simple syrup or any specialty liqueurs. It's tart, refreshing, and sweet, with that kick of bourbon I so often need at the end of a long day of chasing a toddler.

Yields: 1 drink

2 fl. oz bourbon
4 fl. oz your favorite store-bought, fresh lemonade ( I love Simply Lemonade - don't use the frozen concentrate)
3-4 frozen blackberries (you can use fresh too, but you will need to muddle)

How do you make blackberry bourbon lemonade?

For this recipe, it’s broken down into two parts:

Since I’m sure you’re curious about the blackberry syrup, here’s how to make it:

Step 1 – Add blackberries, water, sugar, and rosemary to a medium saucepan. Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until blackberries begin to break down.

Step 2 – Hold a strainer over a bowl and pour blackberry mixture in the strainer. Use a spatula to press the blackberries into the mesh, squeezing out any remaining juice.

Step 3 – Let mixture cool, then use blackberry syrup in this bourbon lemonade (or other treats!) as desired.

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