Cherry Bourbon Smash

June  4, 2021
2 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom. Prop Stylist: Veronica Olsen. Food Stylist: Yossy Arefi.
Author Notes

Is there any cocktail more refreshing on a scorching, arid summer day than a bourbon smash? In this cocktail, Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon is infused with fresh muddled cherries, basil, lemon wedges, and just a hint of honey syrup. For a more refined drinking experience, the recipe strains the muddled fruit and herbs out and serves the cocktail over a big rock to maintain maximum chill. The sweet-tart cherries and fragrant basil play nicely with the smooth, lightly spiced notes of the Basil Hayden’s, but this bourbon’s versatility means you could swap in almost any manner of summer fruits and herbs, like fresh peaches and mint or blackberries and thyme.

To make the honey syrup, combine equal parts honey and water in a saucepan set over medium heat, and stir until the honey is dissolved. Let it cool and store in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Simple syrup would also work great here.
Max Rappaport

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is shared in partnership with Basil Hayden's®.

Basil Hayden's® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 40% Alc./Vol. ©2020 Kentucky Springs Distilling Co., Clermont, KY —The Editors

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Cherry Bourbon Smash
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • makes 1 cocktail
  • 2 parts Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1/2 part honey syrup
  • 5 fresh basil leaves (plus more for garnish)
  • 4 fresh cherries, pitted (plus more for garnish)
  • 4 lemon wedges
In This Recipe
  1. Add all the ingredients to an empty cocktail shaker.
  2. With a muddler, gently press down on the contents of the shaker 4 or 5 times, just until everything is lightly muddled (too much will incorporate bitterness from the lemon pith).
  3. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds—or until the sides of the shaker are frosty and cold.
  4. Fine-strain the cocktail into a glass filled with one large ice cube. Garnish with additional cherries and fresh basil, and serve.

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1 Review

Holly July 17, 2021
Omg, this dangerous fantastically amazing!!!