Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash

October 20, 2014

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: You can keep a batch of this vanilla bean simple syrup in the fridge for up to a month and use in all sorts of desserts and cocktails, like this Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Bean Bourbon Smash. Cheers!foxeslovelemons

Food52 Review: If you are into holiday cocktails, this is a great option for a cheerful party. feastathome

Makes: enough simple syrup for about 8 cocktails


For the vanilla bean simple syrup:

  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise and scraped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

To make the Meyer lemon-vanilla bean bourbon smash (1 cocktail):

  • 1/4-inch thick slice of Meyer lemon
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 4 dashes orange bitters
  • Club soda
In This Recipe


  1. Make the simple syrup: In small saucepan, combine vanilla bean, sugar, and water. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until sugar is completely dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let stand at room temperature until completely cool. Remove vanilla bean and discard. Transfer syrup to airtight container and refrigerate up to 1 month.
  2. To make the Meyer lemon-vanilla bean bourbon smash: In rocks glass, muddle the lemon slice. Add ice, bourbon, and bitters; add 2 tablespoons of the simple syrup, stir, taste for sweetness, and add more simple syrup as needed. Top the drink off with club soda.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Nichola January 21, 2015
Just made this and it's gorgeous. I will be making many more.
Author Comment
foxeslovelemons January 21, 2015
Thanks Nichola! So glad you liked it :)
Kendall T. November 10, 2014
What type of bourbon would you recommend?
Author Comment
foxeslovelemons November 10, 2014
Hi Kendall! I used Bulleit :)
inpatskitchen November 6, 2014
Warmest congrats on the CP, Lori! This one's a "keeper"!