Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

I am not exaggerating when I say that I have been thinking about this drink for no less than once daily for two months.  Ever since my trip to Miami for BlogHer Food I have had this pretty drink on my mind.  It all started with lunch at Yardbird.  I had chicken + biscuits and one of their house cocktails – the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

I loved the feel of the restaurant, including their amazing wall art.  One noting that “Bourbon is sunshine mixed with love & genius.  And when that love & genius is mixed with blackberries and lemon juice, you will find yourself in summertime cocktail heaven.  Even if you aren’t a fan of Bourbon, this drink will make you a believer.

I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to make this drink at home.  It seemed blatantly obvious when I found blackberries on major sale.  It’s incredibly simple – good Bourbon (I prefer Bulleit, but they use Buffalo Trace), simple syrup, lemon juice, cardamom, and blackberries.   Even with the simple syrup, this drink isn’t too sweet.  The blackberries do a fabulous job of balancing out the sweetness and the Bourbon is there to finish off the deep flavor with an incredibly refreshing aftertaste!

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

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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