Wild Blueberry Bourbon Smash


Can you believe that the holiday season has arrived? I know, it snuck up on me too!

It’s that time of year to start planning your holiday menus, and while you’re thinking about the sides and desserts, give some thought to your drink menu, too! Offering up a specialty cocktail to your guests is a fun way to add a little festive flair to your holiday party. And, during this festive season it can’t be any regular old cocktail like a peach margarita. It has to be a holiday-themed cocktail, and here are three tips for making sure it’s seasonal:

1. It has to have some warmth to it. Think darker liquors, fall spices and drinks served hot.
2. It must be festive. Go for vibrant colors and bold flavor.
3. Garnishes are key. Try fresh herbs, fruit, candy canes, sugar rims and whipped cream.

Now, I know we typically think of Wild Blueberries for holiday desserts, brunch and sides but let’s start using them in our festive cocktails! They are the perfect ingredient to add to your holiday drink because Wild Blueberries will give it a beautiful vibrant color. Plus, they’ll pack an antioxidant punch and who doesn’t love a cocktail with some health benefits?! And the best part? Wild Blueberries are available year-round in the freezer aisle of your grocery store, so you can always rely on them being available.

Try my Wild Blueberry Bourbon Smash on for starters. It’s got the warmth from the bourbon. The Wild Blueberries and maple syrup provide sweetness and the mint and lemon help to brighten everything up. And don’t forget the garnishes! Top off your cocktails with some frozen Wild Blueberries and fresh mint leaves for a little more holiday pizazz!

Happy Holidays!

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Wild Blueberry Bourbon Smash

¼ cup frozen Wild Blueberries, defrosted
7-8 mint leaves
Juice from ¼ lemon
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
Club soda

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle Wild Blueberries and mint. Add lemon juice, maple syrup and bourbon and shake well.
  2. Pour into a rocks glass filled with a few ice cubes and top off with club soda. Garnish with frozen Wild Blueberries and mint leaves.
Kara Lydon

About the Author

Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT is a nationally recognized food and nutrition expert and yoga teacher based in Boston. Kara offers nutrition & culinary coaching, consults with corporate wellness clients, and partners with like-minded food brands and organizations on recipe development, food photography, and nutrition communications and marketing. Kara has most recently been featured in Fitness, Shape, Today’s Dietitian, Environmental Nutrition, and Food & Nutrition Magazine. Her food and healthy living blog, The Foodie Dietitian, features delicious seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. She has been featured on The Kitchn, BuzzFeed, TODAY, and SELF. Kara previously led health communication strategy for Chobani, Inc., where she pioneered an integrated program targeting health professionals, and served as the key nutrition spokesperson for America’s #1 selling Greek Yogurt brand.