This White Christmas Bourbon Smash cocktail recipe is the perfect holiday drink! Made with bourbon, lime juice, fresh mint, and rosemary, this recipe will get you in the holiday spirit!
Yes, we may be a solid month away from 12/25, but is it really ever too early to bring on the holiday cheer in 2020? I don't think so.
Honestly, I'm not much one for dark liquors...that is until I experienced a bourbon smash. Paired with fresh cranberries, and sprigs of rosemary, and you'll be rocking around the Christmas tree in no time.
What makes this bourbon smash delicious
- fresh mint
- lime juice
- lime seltzer
- fresh cranberries
How to make this White Christmas Bourbon Smash
In a cocktail shaker, add 1 teaspoon sugar, 5 fresh mint leaves, 1 sprig of fresh rosemary, and 1 ounce of lime juice (about 2 tablespoons). Muddle ingredients in cocktail shaker (about 5 presses is enough). You can use an actual muddler, or the back of a wooden spoon like I did. Add in 1 shot of bourbon, replace lid, and shake what your mama gave ya.
Fill a cocktail glass with ice, and use strainer to pour bourbon mixture into glass. Fill the rest of the glass with lime seltzer, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and fresh cranberries. A sugar rim is also highly recommended, but not required.
- If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can simply do in a large glass, and use a mesh strainer when pouring.
- No muddler? Use the back of a wooden spoon instead.
- If you like a sweeter cocktail, add an extra teaspoon of sugar, and don't skip the sugar rim when serving.
Can I make this non-alcoholic?
Certainly! You can simply leave the bourbon out, or add a splash of apple juice in it's place for a sweeter flavor.
I don't have a cocktail shaker. What can I use instead?
If you don't have a cocktail shaker handy, you can simply muddle the ingredients in a large glass, and use a mesh strainer to pour into your serving glass.
Can I make this in a pitcher?
Yep! Use the handy recipe amount adjuster (technical term) in the recipe below for the amount of people you want to serve, and add to a pitcher. BUT, I would wait to add the seltzer until you are ready to serve so it doesn't lose it's fizziness.
Money-Saving Tips for this bourbon smash recipe:
Buy in bulk. Purchasing bigger sizes for ingredients like the seltzer, or even the bourbon (if you're a bourbon drinker) is more cost-effective than buying smaller sizes.
Use store brand. Utilize store brands for ingredients like the sugar for a more affordable option that doesn't sacrifice flavor or quality.
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