A cocktail recipe that's perfect for your signature drink

This story first appeared in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of Columbus Weddings, published in June 2018.

There's something about winter that makes us want to curl up by the fire with a nice bourbon cocktail. But when at a reception, we're more likely to crave a refreshing thirst-quencher so we can get back out on the dance floor. This cocktail, created by the folks at Made From Scratch Catering, offers the best of both worlds.

“Our clients are always looking for ways to create an unforgettable experience for their wedding guests. Offering a memorable first impression with a well-thought-out ‘greet' drink is a nice way to set the tone for the reception,” says Selena Browning, director of catering at Made From Scratch, which teamed up with locally based Simple Times to create a number of handcrafted cocktails. “Sourcing local is a top priority for both brands, so working together was a perfect marriage—pun intended. When creating the Blackberry Bourbon Smash, the main driver was featuring fruit that calls Ohio home. Blackberries grow in abundance here and bring local flavor to a cocktail that's loved nationally.”

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Servings: 1


1.5 ounces bourbon 3 ounces Simple Times blackberry lemonade mixer ½ ounce fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a rocks glass, add ice—crushed is best, but cubed works, too—and garnish with lemon and a sprig of mint.