Recipe: Mulberry Rye Smash

Mulberry Rye Smash Cocktail @JuliesKitchen


Cocktail crafting is all about hitting a balance of flavors. Much like cooking, this can take some experimentation and practice–lots of it! So, let’s get started with this Mulberry Rye Smash. I used a basic ratio (2 parts alcohol, 1 part sweet, and one part sour) that I learned from a cocktail-making workshop at Poketo and added some beautiful mulberries from Pudwill Farms.


Mulberry Rye Smash @JuliesKitchen


If you like mojitos, you’ll love the whiskey smash. It’s got the similar minty-freshness that reminds you of summer and beach vacations. Just swap out the rum for rye whiskey.

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I’m always on the hunt for interesting food to work with and these Persian mulberries (top-right) caught my eye. They are super sweet with a little tartness and add the perfect balance to the cocktails.

Here’s to happy hour at home. Cheers!

Mulberry Rye Smash Cocktails


4 mulberries + more for garnish

2 sprigs of mint + more for garnish

1 ounce simple syrup

1/2 lemon

2 ounces rye whiskey (I used Sazerac)



With a wood spoon or muddler,  muddle the mint, mulberries,  lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add the ice and rye; shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint and a few whole mulberries.

serves 1

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