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Maple-Bourbon Smash

Smash Right Into Autumn!

Hello most wonderful time of the year! Maple syrup pairs so delightfully with bourbon in this fall cocktail!

How to make a Maple-Bourbon Smash via the Brio Smart Life Blog

If there could be one thing we love about fall more than apple cider, it’s got to be fresh maple syrup! Local orchards and parks would tap trees to show the kids where their syrup came from. We used to leave with jars of maple syrup and my brother would devour it in a matter of days. That’s probably why he loves this Maple Bourbon Smash. It’s a little reminder of home.

Smash cocktails are kind of the happy love child of a liquor, some form of sweetener, and an infused fruit or fruit juice. There are all kinds of smashes from Whiskey to Vodka, like our Strawberry Gin Smash. These cocktails are served over ice, and can be either really simple or extremely complex. Never fear; though, this fall cocktail is easy to make and even easier to drink!

This whiskey cocktail is fairly simple with only 3 ingredients. If you have access to fresh maple syrup, not the processed Aunt Jemima kind, use it! To me, processed items always make cocktails taste funny, so I try to use fresh products as much as possible. In this case, I grabbed a soy-free maple syrup that I found in our local health food store [having to go on a soy-restricted diet for my health has been a challenge]. Organic maple syrup works well too if you can get your hands on it.

Next, you are going to need a good bourbon. I still had some Basil Hayden’s left in the bottle, so into the cocktail shaker it went. You are going to want a spicy flavored bourbon to offset some of the sweetness of the maple syrup. This might take some experimenting to get it just right for your flavor pallet.

Now let’s show you how you make a Maple-Bourbon Smash!

 

Maple-Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Maple-Bourbon Smash: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 207 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 42 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

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Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash

Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash

Drink of the week: Black-Beery Smash

Bourbon and Beer unite in this Drink of the Week!

Let’s continue with our NC Beer Month Cocktail Series, shall we? We have one delicious beer-infused concoction for this Drink of the Week: Black-beery Smash. This recipe comes to us from Serena Wolf and the Cocktails and Confessions kitchen, and it has a funny story behind it which you can check out in the video below. The Black-beery Smash combines Whiskey and Wheat Beer, with fresh muddled mint and blackberries for one boozey doozey.

Sticking to our NC Beer selection, we paired an ice cold Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing with our favorite Jameson Irish Whiskey. We also substituted a wooden spoon for a muddler, as we didn’t have one on hand. We really enjoyed the sweetness the blackberries added to the Black-Beery Smash, and might experiment with how well it would work with strawberries, as they are in season here in Coastal NC. Grab yourself a glass, and mix up a Black-Beery Smash!

 

Black-beery Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Wheat Beer
  • 2 Ounces Whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons Raw Sugar
  • Juice of ½ a Lemon
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • Sprig of Fresh Mint
  • Blackberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Muddler or Wooden Spoon
  • Bottle Opener

 

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Preparation

Muddle fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint leaves and sugar together at the bottom of a highball glass. Add ice to glass (use crushed ice if you are feeling fancy). Next pour in the whiskey and stir. Top mixture with wheat beer, and garnish with a few blackberries. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 135.3 Fat (g) 0.1 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 76.9 Carbohydrates (g) 9.5 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.9 Total Sugars (g) 4.3 Protein (g) 0.3 Sodium (mg) 0.5

 

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Enjoy a bit of Springtime in a glass with this Strawberry Gin Smash recipe

Easter Strawberry Gin Smash Recipe

It’s like Easter in a Glass!

Enjoy a bit of Springtime with a glass of this Strawberry Gin Smash.

Drink of the week: Strawberry Smash for Easter

A moment of silence for all the Lenten diets about to be broken this Sunday. Now that that’s over with, mix yourself up a glass of this Drink of the week: the Easter Strawberry Smash. This delicious take on a Gin Smash comes to us from The Kitchn‘s The 10 Minute Happy Hour.

Gin Smashes are the cousin of the Mint Julep, a Springtime Southern staple, and they are great Easter cocktails. The muddled flavors of strawberry and lime give this cocktail a refreshing taste and its Easter-Pink color.

In this recipe, we splurged a little bit on a bottle of Hendrick’s gin, but anything above Aristocrat will do nicely. You might also want to pick up a package of fresh pre-sliced strawberries, if you don’t want to add any extra work.

Want to make a pitcher of this Strawberry Gin Smash recipe? You’re in luck. We included an 8 serving size version of this cocktail for those who would like to serve a pitcher at their Easter brunch and dinner parties.

 

Strawberry Gin Smash

Single Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3 Ounces Gin
  • ½ Ounce Club Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Sugar
  • Juice of 1 Lime Wedge
  • 2 Sliced Strawberries
  • Whole Strawberry for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
Servings: 8
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 16 Ounces Gin
  • 24 Ounces Club Soda
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 1 lb Fresh Strawberries
  • Fresh Mint for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • 64 Ounce Pitcher
  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

Strawberry Gin Smash: In a tall glass, use a spoon to dissolve the sugar in the juice from one lime wedge. Add some sliced strawberries, and lightly muddle, to release the strawberry flavor and color. Next, fill the glass with ice and pour gin over muddled mixture. Top with club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with a whole strawberry. Enjoy!

Make a pitcher: Combine the sugar and lime juice together at the bottom of a pitcher. Take the slices, from about 6 to 8 strawberries, and muddle together lightly with the lime-sugar mixture. Pour in the gin and stir. Let the mixture chill in the fridge for about an hour or two (overnight would be even better), to allow the strawberries to add more flavor and color to the drink. When you are ready to serve, top with club soda and add ice. Stir the mixture together really well, and serve over ice in a tall glass. Your guests are sure to enjoy this!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 105 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 6 Dietary Fiber (g) .1 Total Sugars (g) 5 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

Enjoy a bit of Springtime in a glass with this Strawberry Gin Smash recipe

 
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