Blackberry Smash

Tony Abou-Ganim includes fresh blackberries, a high-quality blackberry liqueur and plenty of mint in his vodka variation on a classic smash. Slideshows:  Summer Fruit Cocktails 

Total Time:
5 mins


  • 4 blackberries

  • 9 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig dusted with confectioners' sugar for garnish

  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka, preferably mixed-grain, such as Van Gogh

  • 1/2 ounce blackberry liqueur

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

  • Ice cubes, plus cracked ice for serving


  1. In a shaker, muddle 2 of the blackberries with the mint leaves and Simple Syrup. Add the vodka, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice and ice cubes; shake well. Fine strain into a chilled cracked-ice-filled rocks glass; garnish with 2 blackberries and the mint sprig.

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