Cocktail Time - Blackberry Bourbon Sour

Blackberry Bourbon Sour

One of the many Christmas traditions in my family is the holiday cocktail.  My sister always makes one on Christmas Eve, my Uncle Jim would always bring one on Christmas Day and now that Dave and I host Christmas Day at our house, we are carrying on the tradition.  Last weekend Dave's sister Amy, Dave and I were at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and we had dinner at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.  I saw a cocktail on their menu called a Blackberry Sour and instantly knew I had to try it.  It was absolutely delicious and so I decided on the spot that I would let it inspire me to come up with a recipe for this year's Christmas Day cocktail.  It was an extremely difficult task (ha!), but Dave and I experimented to come up with a Blackberry Bourbon Sour all our own.   I'm sure a prepackaged sour mix would work just fine in this cocktail but decided fresh squeezed lemon juice was the way to go, as it would produce a fresher tastier cocktail.  I'm sharing the recipe we came up with below and I sincerely hope you try it and enjoy! 

Blackberry Bourbon Sour
  • Splash of simple syrup
  • 3 Blackberries
  • 1 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • Dash of bitters
  • Blackberries for garnish (optional)

1.)  Place a splash of simple syrup and 3 blackberries in a cocktail glass and muddle.
2.)  Add ice to the cocktail glass.
3.)  In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add 1 oz lemon juice, 2 oz bourbon and a dash of bitters.
4.)  Shake, shake, shake.
5.)  Strain contents of cocktail shaker into glass.  Garnish with some blackberries if desired.
6.)  Enjoy

Note:  You can muddle the blackberries and simple syrup together in a large batch to make it easier to make several cocktails for a large group.  Just account for 3 blackberries and a splash of simple syrup per the number of cocktails you wish to make.  Muddle everything together and then divvy up amongst the glasses.

Cheers to some holiday cocktail merriment!  Till next time, dear readers!

P.S. You can check me out on Instagram @cornerofcharmandstyle


  1. Was just at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse at Mohegan Sun last night and had the Blackberry Sour...I agree it was an excellent cocktail. I am glad I found your instructions and will try when I get home. Thanks for your contribution.

    1. Hi Timothy. Thanks so much! Glad you found my instructions. I hope you enjoy. Cheers!


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