Vodka Blackberry Smash Inspired By Where The Crawdads Sing

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

As avid book readers, we are sure that by now you’ve heard all of the hype about Delia Owen’s Where The Crawdads Sing.

(Or the controversy about Delia Owens, which we learned much later – including after making this recipe.)

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 takes a surprising twist when the townspeople accuse Kya of murdering beloved pretty boy Chase Andrews.

A lyrical novel about prejudices and overcoming hardship infused with North Carolinian ambiance, we wanted to create a Blackberry Smash cocktail in honor of Kya.

This Blackberry Smash recipe is perfect for those warmer days and boasts colors that match the shimmering NC night skies.

Let’s not forget those mouthwatering local fruits, too.

So, we asked our favorite Asheville distillery, Cultivated Cocktails, to help us make an eccentric Blackberry Smash vodka cocktail. Let’s get started!

Find more great literary cocktails here.

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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.

Blackberry Smash Cocktail

What Is A Blackberry Smash?

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Sip on our spicy and fresh Blackberry Smash cocktail: Where The Crawdads Smash. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

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.

What Makes Our Blackberry Vodka Smash Different?

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Be sure to grab a library copy of Where The Crawdads Sing.

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 smash with a champagne flute – The Uncorked Librarian-style.

What Cocktail Tools Should You Have Handy?

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Not quite thirsty yet? Save this Blackberry Smash cocktail recipe for later on Pinterest.

Here at TUL, we are all about keeping your drinks pretty simple. Less cooking time equals more reading time.

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 your spirits and add-ins.

We prefer jiggers that also have small, incremented measurements notched on the inside, even though we are notorious for eyeballing amounts.

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?

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These are the delicious ingredients we used to make our Where The Crawdads Sing Blackberry Smash. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

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

You’ll need:

  • Vodka (we used Cultivated Cocktails’ 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 Vodka Cocktail?

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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.

This cocktail is super easy, even for the novice home bartender.

Since we are using pre-made syrup, 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:

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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.


  • 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


  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.


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.

Have you made a Vodka Blackberry Smash? And, have you read Where The Crawdads Sing?

Have you read Where The Crawdads Sing? What did you think? Did you guess who killed Chase Andrews?

You might also prefer the movie

If you make our Blackberry Smash recipe, please let us know what you think in the comments.

This was our first-ever literary cocktail recipe on The Uncorked Librarian. We are looking forward to making literary libations.

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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 in Asheville 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 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]

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Christine Frascarelli

Christine (she/her) is the owner, lead editor, and tipsy book sommelier of The Uncorked Librarian LLC, an online literary publication showcasing books and movies to inspire travel and home to the famed Uncorked Reading Challenge. With a BA in English & History from Smith College, an MLIS from USF-Tampa, and a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Christine's back pocket, there isn't a bookstore, library, or winery that can hide from her. Christine loves brewery yoga, adopting all of the kitties, and a glass of oaked Chardonnay. Charcuterie is her favorite food group.


  1. 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!

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!! 🙂

    1. 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.

  5. 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 ?

    1. 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.

  6. Finally! Literary cocktails! I feel like this been in the pipeline for a long time now. I’m so excited and happy for TUL!

    Love how you combined a book to a cocktail. Never read the book, but I’ll take a Blackberry Smash anyways. This looks so pretty and sounds so delish.

    Thanks for taking us through this step-by-step because I am totally not one to make drinks. Ah, maybe a literary bar is in your future? Where you can serve all your literary cocktails! Now that is thinking big. But, one step at a time, right?

    I love the recipe card layout too.

    Amazing collaboration! Looking forward to your future cocktails and books.

    1. Yay! I am so excited to finally roll them out, too. Writing cocktail recipes is so new to me.

      You’ll definitely have to read Where the Crawdads Sing one day when you are in the mood for a scenic North Carolina mystery. It’s a little heavier than most whodunits, surprising, and heartbreaking.

      This Blackberry Smash was delicious. I love anything with a ginger kick. Floating fruit always gets me too. I’d love to open a literary bar and bookstore, but oh man, that sounds like a LOT. Yoga and blogging are way more my speed. lol! But if I win the lottery…

      Thanks! MV Create (anyone can use it) is amazing for recipe cards and other lists. Check it out! You might find it useful and cool too!

      I’m hoping to roll out a literary cocktail a month to start. Ek!

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