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Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

By Amanda Haas

Blackberries, thyme leaves, and grilled limes give this bourbon drink an infusion of wood-fired flavor.

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cook Time

10 Minutes




Number of People Serving


Units of Measurement:
8 limes, halved
1/3 Cup sugar
12 Ounce blackberries
2 Sprig thyme
1 Cup Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup
1 Quart soda water
2 Ounce bourbon


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 500℉ and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

  • 2

    Dip cut side of limes in granulated sugar and place directly on the grill grate cut side down. Grill 10 minutes or until grill marks develop.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

    • 8  limes, halved

    • 1/3 Cup sugar

  • 3

    Remove from grill and let cool. When cool enough to handle, juice limes and reserve.

  • 4

    Combine the blackberries with 2 Tbsp sugar. Using the rim of a glass or a fork, lightly crush the blackberries to allow some of the juice to escape.

    • 12 Ounce blackberries

  • 5

    Add 2 sprigs of thyme. Allow the blackberries to sit in the sugar for 30 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs.

    • 2 Sprig thyme

  • 6

    Combine the lime juice and Traeger Simple Syrup. Stir in the crushed blackberries. Add 3 cups of the club soda and stir.

    • 1 Cup Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup

    • 1 Quart soda water

  • 7

    Taste, adding more club soda if desired. This mixture can be served as a non-alcoholic drink.

  • 8

    To make the Blackberry Smash, fill a Collins glass with ice. Pour in 1/2 cup of the blackberry-limeade, then 2 oz of your favorite bourbon.

    • 2 Ounce bourbon

  • 9

    Stir to mix and garnish with a thyme sprig. Enjoy!

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