Blueberry Shiso Smash

July 29, 2012

Author Notes: I’ve been experimenting with fresh blueberry cocktails and settled on this to toast a close friend’s birthday. I love green shiso and think it adds an indescribable savory quality that is worth seeking out. However, if you are unable to find green shiso, you can substitute basil (sweet or Thai), though you might want to try it with lemon instead of lime.

It is a refreshing and dangerously good combination – a perfect summer sipper!

Serves: 2


  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • 3 green Shiso leaves
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 4-5 Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces Sparkling Rosé, divided
In This Recipe


  1. Place blueberries in a cocktail shaker. Tear shiso leaves, add to the blueberries, and muddle until all the berries are crushed and the shiso is fragrant.
  2. Add vodka, simple syrup and squeeze lime wedges into mixture. Add ice to shaker, close and shake vigorously for 5-7 seconds, until it is cold and frosty. Strain into martini glasses. Top each glass with one ounce of Sparkling Rosé. Enjoy and repeat.

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gingerroot August 1, 2012
I'm not able to reply below, but thanks hardlikearmour for your lovely photo! I love your garnish.
hardlikearmour July 31, 2012
This cocktail is as delicious as it is pretty! Love the herbal notes from the shiso. Cheers!
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gingerroot July 31, 2012
I'm SO glad you enjoyed it...Cheers right back!