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Where The Crawdads Smash: Blackberry Smash

Are you looking for a unique Blackberry Smash recipe? You’ll love this refreshing Where The Crawdads Smash literary cocktail inspired by Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Blackberry Smash Cocktail Recipe blog post cover with pink drink in a champagne flute with floating blackberries and blurred ingredients behind it, including a lemon and blackberry syrup
If you love a flavorful Blackberry Smash paired with a good book, you’ll sing for our new Where The Crawdads Smash cocktail perfect for North Carolina book lovers.

As avid book readers, I am sure that by now you’ve heard all of the well-deserved hype about Delia Owen’s Where The Crawdads Sing. Owens transports readers to the picturesque North Carolina marshland where Kya Clark, the “marsh girl,” wants nothing more than to live in peace with nature, fall in love, and gain acceptance from the community.

Where The Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens book cover with orange sky and woman rowing a boat in the North Carolina marshland

Where The Crawdads Sing takes a surprising twist when the townspeople accuse Kya of murdering beloved pretty boy Chase Andrews. A lyrical novel about prejudices and overcoming hardship that is infused with North Carolinian ambiance, we wanted to create a cocktail to honor this contemporary literary masterpiece.

What type of southern literary cocktail did we dream up? A Blackberry Smash, perfect for those warmer days with colors that match the shimmering NC night skies. Let’s not forget those mouthwatering local fruits, too.

It’s also no secret that The Uncorked Librarian is much better at drinking cocktails than making them. Full disclosure: I am no boozy expert, which is why I decided to seek out one of my favorite local Asheville distilleries, Cultivated Cocktails, to help design our Where The Crawdads Smash recipe with a few surprises of its own.

Let’s get started:

What Is A Blackberry Smash?

If you like Mint Juleps, this Blackberry Smash recipe will sing to you. Popular in the 1800s, the [Whiskey] Smash literally originated from the idea of “smashing” (muddling or shaking) mint into the drink.

While you may choose to muddle up some blackberries for our Smash, flavored or homemade syrup will work just as well.

Blackberry Smash Cocktail champagne glass filled with pink drink and vodka with floating blackberries in front of a blurred backdrop of cocktail ingredients
Our spicy and fresh Blackberry Smash cocktail: Where The Crawdads Smash. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

What Makes Our Blackberry Vodka Smash Different?

Our Where The Crawdads Sing inspired Smash invokes a North Carolina sunset over the mountains vibe: Find an invigorating and not too sweet fizzy pink and purple drink. Our Blackberry Smash has some spice just like the Where The Crawdads Sing plotline and our strong female protagonist.

Many people use whiskey or bourbon for the traditional cocktail, but this time, we’ve enlisted a smooth vodka.

We’ve also decided to forgo the typical rocks glass and jazz up this Blackberry Smash with a champagne flute–The Uncorked Librarian-style. We fancy over here.

Where The Crawdads Smash Literary Cocktail with champagne flute filled with pink blackberry smash and a woman in a pink blouse dropping in a blackberry
Not quite thirsty yet? Save this Blackberry Smash cocktail recipe for later on Pinterest.

What Cocktail Tools Should You Have Handy?

Here at TUL, we are all about keeping your drinks pretty simple. Less cooking time = more reading time; right?

To make this literary cocktail you will need:

A Cocktail Shaker

We don’t own anything special, but you’ll definitely want to invest in a cocktail shaker or cocktail kit. Cocktail shakers are a quick way to mix up your bevie.

Double Jigger

Another great cocktail-making investment, a double jigger is a must to measure out your spirits and add-ins. We prefer jiggers that also have the small, incremented measurements notched on the inside, even though I am notorious for eyeballing amounts. A dash of this. A dusting of that. My Sicilian grandma will be proud. I suck at baking, obviously…

Bar Spoon

A bar spoon is great for stirring without getting sticky as well as for measuring your ingredients. If you don’t have a bar spoon, though, please don’t fret. Just use one teaspoon instead.

What Ingredients Do You Need For This Blackberry Smash?

So, what do you need to stock up on to make our Where The Crawdads Smash cocktail recipe? Nothing too intense, I promise!

Blackberry Smash Cocktail Ingredients with champagne flute, Blackberry Field Forever bottle of syrup, Cultivated Cocktails Asheville Vodka, lemon, bottle of ginger beer soda, bowl of blackberries, and jar of honey on a bar
These are the delicious ingredients we used to make our Where The Crawdads Sing Blackberry Smash. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

You’ll need:

  • Vodka (we used Cultivated Cocktails newest Vodka spirit)
  • Blackberry syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Ice for the shaker
  • Ginger beer
  • Fresh blackberries to garnish

AND, don’t forget your copy of Where The Crawdads Sing.

How Do You Make This Blackberry Smash?

This cocktail is super easy-peasy, even for the novice home bartender, like me.

How to make a blackberry smash with woman in a pink blouse pouring pink liquid into a glass from a shaker with a strainer on a bar top
For this Blackberry Smash recipe, shake up the ingredients with ice and strain into your glass of choice. Add the ginger beer and blackberry garnish to finish. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

Since we are using a pre-made syrup, you will add the blackberry syrup, lemon juice, honey, and vodka. Shake for at least 30 seconds with ice. Strain and pour the liquid into a champagne flute (or rocks/lowball glass, if you wish to go traditional).

Top with ginger beer, and if you like, add a few fresh blackberries. Ginger will give that bad boy a kick…just like someone did to Chase Andrews. Too soon?! Too soon?!

Book Pairing Recommendations:

Of course, your Blackberry Vodka Smash needs a book (and a cat). If you’ve already read Where The Crawdads Sing, you might find your next great read in one of our southern book lists:

Blackberry Smash Cocktail champagne glass filled with pink drink and vodka with floating blackberries in front of a blurred backdrop of cocktail ingredients

Where The Crawdads Smash: Blackberry Smash

Yield: 1 Cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Enjoy our Blackberry Smash cocktail inspired by Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

Ingredients

  • 0.75 oz Blackberry Fields Syrup
  • 0.25 oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 Bar spoons Of Honey
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • Cup Of Ice
  • 1 oz Ginger Beer
  • 3-4 Blackberries To Garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine blackberry syrup, lemon, honey, and vodka into a shaker.
  2. Fill the shaker halfway with ice.
  3. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  4. Strain liquid into a glass.
  5. Top with ginger beer.
  6. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Notes

You may also substitute the vodka for a more traditional Blackberry Smash with bourbon or whiskey.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 1gSugar: 54gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate and is just an estimate depending on which ingredients you use.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share your Blackberry Smash on Instagram tagging me, Christine @theuncorkedlibrarian.

Let Us Know What You Think Of This Literary Libation

Have you read Where The Crawdads Sing? Did you love it, too? AND, did the ending totally SHOCK you? I want to re-read the novel to see if my opinions about everyone change KNOWING WHAT I KNOW. As someone recently trolled on my IG, “I SEE YOU.”

If you make our Blackberry Smash, please let us know what you think in the comments. This is our first EVER literary cocktail recipe on The Uncorked Librarian. We are looking forward to making literary libations a regular blog feature. We hope to grow our cocktails and make them better and better.

Blackberry Smash Cocktail For Book Lovers of Where The Crawdads Sing Pinterest Pin with two photos, one of woman in pink blouse pouring a blackberry smash into a champagne flute and the other a pink blackberry smash vodka on a bar counter
Drooling over this Blackberry Smash With Vodka recipe but don’t have a good book? Save this post for later on Pinterest until you hit up the library.

Even More Literary Cocktails For You:

Shades and the Giant Peach: Peach and Gin Cocktail
Smokey Old Fashioned For Book Lovers

More About The Creator Of This Literary Cocktail, Cultivated Cocktails

Cultivated Cocktails is a family-owned distillery with a multigenerational history in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. They produce award-winning spirits each year. 

Beginning in 2012 with the distilling process, Cultivated Cocktails soon launched its first product, Hazel 63 Rum, in 2016. Each product pays tribute to their family or history in Asheville, North Carolina. Crafting products that speak for themselves is an important part of their mission. 

A Note About Their Vodka

Cultivated Cocktails’ pure vodka is a corn-based neutral spirit infused with the fresh mountain air and filtered through a silver impregnated carbon filter. The rare, specialty filter creates a modern twist on a vintage process, affecting the smooth and crisp feel of the vodka.

A Special Thank You To Sarah Resta Photography

The pictures featured in this post are from our partner, Sarah Resta Photography. Sarah Resta is both a local and international engagement and wedding photographer available for hire. Sarah also works with small businesses and bloggers, like The Uncorked Librarian & Uncorked Asheville. You can find Sarah on Facebook and Instagram. Email: [email protected]

Lauren Elena

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

This cocktail looks and sounds delicious! Blackberry syrup, lemon, and honey sounds so good. Can I have one right now? And I of course love the idea of literary inspired cocktails. You all came up with a beauty! You go with your fancy champagne glass!

This book has been on my TBR forever. I have to read it. I feel like I could relate to the main character. I could definitely live all on my own in a marsh land surrounded by animals. I’m moving tomorrow!

Great post and loved your collaborations. Smart to bring in the experts!

Christine

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Yesss!! And all of these yummy ingredients means that this Blackberry Smash is healthy too, right?! RIGHT!? Gotta get in those fruits...

Thank you so, so much!

I think you'll like Where The Crawdads Sing. You can take a literary date to the Outer Banks! We do love the NC critters.

Lia

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

I love this! I can't wait to try this drink! If you are ever looking for drink ideas check out "Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a literary twist" or "Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist" by Tim Federle. They're fun books!

Christine

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Yessss!! I wanted to grab a copy so badly, but I'm admittedly holding off -- I didn't want to have any influence from the books or intentional overlap. Once I get going, though, I want to check them out. Thanks so much for the rec. Let me know what you think when you try out this Blackberry Smash! I hope you like it.

Tori

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

I'm so excited this came together and you're rolling out the new blog feature!! What an awesome Collab...and so fitting. I haven't read Crawdads but I'll definitely take a cocktail or two in the meantime! I love anything with ginger beer.

Christine

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Thanks, Tori! I feel like we all need a good cocktail these days. Happy 4th, and stay safe and healthy in your travels with fam!

CJ | A Well-Read Tart

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Ooooh, I'm so excited to see your reicpe debut!!! Love literary inspired food and drink!! Blackberry Smash is a great one to start with, and it looks SO pretty. Agreed about floating fruit. I hardly ever drink, but my best friend knows she can get me to agree to a glass of something bubbly if she just pops a raspberry or two in there. SO FANCY!!!

Congrats on this new segment!!! I'm sure it will be a big hit!! :-)

Christine

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Thank you so much! I've been holding off for so long on this part of my blog since recipes don't come naturally to me, but I'm thrilled that it's here!

I remember drinking beer in Salem, MA around Halloween, and it had floating blueberries. I was in LOVE.

I also like dropping raspberries in drinks.

Hayley Yager

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

I LOVE THIS!!! And you paired your first one with one of the best books ever written, what a great start ? I was totally thinking about doing a monthly feature pairing books with coffee as we have a coffee subscription and I thought why not! Probs never happen but you've defs inspired me. Totally craving this cocktail right now, fruity ones are my fave. Plus anything with ginger beer is a winner in my eyes ?

Christine

Friday 3rd of July 2020

THANK YOU!! I just saw your Where The Crawdads Sing comment on another post and thought you might love this cocktail.

I love coffee so much! That would be loads of fun. Let me know if you decide to do it.

For me, I love that this Blackberry Smash isn't too sweet but appeals to those tastebuds with a kick of ginger to mellow it out.

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