Blackberry Bourbon Sour

Blackberry Bourbon Sour

A blackberry bourbon sour is the perfect cocktail to get any party started!  The perfectly ripe blackberries are blended with citrus, and a healthy helping of bourbon! A few dashes of bitters, and you are ready to pour!

We just love using additional Driscoll’s blackberries to make the cutest garnish with rosemary! All you have to do is poke through with a metal skewer and then insert the rosemary! The scent of the rosemary in this blackberry bourbon sour is dreamy!

This recipe is for a single cocktail,  but just multiply this by 4 or 6 to make up a pitcher of them in advance! You can mix up without the bourbon, and let the guests add as little or as much bourbon as they want!

FAQ & Fun Facts:

What can I use instead of rosemary?

I am a big fan of basil or mint in cocktails, so sub out rosemary for either of these for the muddling. For the garnish, simply use blackberries.  Orange peel is a nice accent, so you can zig-zag a piece of orange peel onto the skewer along with the blackberries.

Can I use frozen blackberries in this drink?

Yes! You can use frozen for the muddling in this cocktail. For the garnish, fresh blackberries work best. However, just reserve a slice of orange, or an orange peel to add as a garnish.

Can I use whiskey instead of Bourbon?

Of course you can! Just remember….Bourbon is always whiskey, but whiskey is not always bourbon. Bourbon has important distinctions that differentiate it from whiskey: it has to be made in the United States from at least 51% corn, be aged in new, charred American white oak barrels, and the finished product must be at least 80 proof.

Where is most of the worlds bourbon produced?

Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, and if you’re wondering if there’s something in the water, there is. On its way to becoming bourbon, Kentucky’s water flows through limestone reserves – the same mineral said to make  horses grow stronger. Oh, and Bruce is from Kentucky, and he knows a thing or two about bourbon.

Blackberry Bourbon Sour

Blackberry Bourbon Sour

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackberry, bourbon, whiskey, whiskey sour
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller



Ingredients for blackberry bourbon sour

  • Juice of 1 lemon 1 ounce
  • Juice of one small cutie orange 1 ounce
  • 12 Driscoll’s blackberries
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 large round or square cube of ice
  • 3 drops orange bitters


  • Add lemon juice, orange juice and all but 4 blackberries to cocktail shaker. Add in 4 leaves of rosemary. Muddle the fruit and juices and rosemary. Add simple syrup and bourbon. Set aside while you make the garnish.
  • Remove most of the leaves from a rosemary sprig, leaving enough on the end as shown in photo. Use a metal cocktail pick to stab thru 4 blackberries. Remove the pick and poke the rosemary stem through the berries to create a garnish. Set aside.
  • Place large ice cube into glass. Add smaller ice cubes into the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain over the ice cube in the glass. Drop in 3 drops of orange bitters over the ice cube. Add the blackberry garnish.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


  1. Anjali Reply

    5 stars
    This is such a fun and refreshing drink for summer!! We served it up when we had some friends over for happy hour and everyone loved it!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      Yay! I got a mini watermelon yesterday, so gonna make some tonight!

      Dina and Bruce

  2. Lima Ekram Reply

    5 stars
    Wonderfully refreshing! The flavors go really well together!

  3. Sharon Reply

    5 stars
    The fresh fruit flavors go perfectly with the bourbon in this unique cocktail. Perfect for summer!

  4. Angela Reply

    5 stars
    Obsessed with this drink! Love the combo of bourbon with fruit. This is going to be my new go-to cocktail for sure. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      We are so happy to hear! For sure it is a pop of color!

      Dina and Bruce

  5. Dana Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve just recently developed a palate for bourbon and I’m so glad, because I was missing out on drinks like this for a long time! Love the flavors in this. Rich, but so fresh. Thank you!

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