Blackberry Bourbon and Honey Punch

Blackberry puree and honey makes a divine adult punch that is perfect to prep ahead and serve to a crowd of thirsty guests.

Blackberry Bourbon and Honey Punch

A child’s 2nd birthday party may seem like odd inspiration for a cocktail however, for this bourbon punch that is indeed the case! My godson was turning two and my cousin asked if I’d create a special adult beverage for the 21+ guests drinking responsibly at the party. The theme was Winnie the Pooh and immediately my brain thought: honey! From there I added bourbon, seasonal blackberries, lemonade (it is summer after all!) and so the specialty drink for the party was created.

Even the guests who typically shy away from whisky enjoyed a few glasses of the punch and the entire bowl was gone before you could say “Oh, bother!”

Blackberry Bourbon and Honey Punch
This whisky lemonade is a refreshing punch-style drink that is easy to pre-batch for a crowd.
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 10 servings
For Blackberry Bourbon Honey Lemonade
  • 1 750mL bottle of Maker's Mark
  • 1½ quarts fresh squeezed lemonade
  • ½ c. blackberry purée*
  • 1 c. honey syrup**
  • Blackberries and lemon wheels for garnish
For Blackberry Purée
  • 3 packages for fresh blackberries, reserve 1 for garnish
  • ¼ c. cold water
  • For Honey Syrup
  • 1 c. organic raw honey
  • 1 c. water
For Blackberry Bourbon Honey Lemonade
  1. Combine all ingredients to a large punch bowl and mix with wooden spoon.
  2. Float whole blackberries and lemon wheels for garnish.
  3. Chill in refrigerator up to 2 hours prior to serving.
  4. Add ice directly to serving cup to avoid watering down punch.
For Blackberry Purée*
  1. Add 2 packages of fresh blackberries in to a blender and blend sing purée setting.
  2. Slowly add ¼ cup water and blend again.
  3. Double strain mixture in to measuring cup and set aside until use.
For Honey Syrup**
  1. **In a stove-top pot, add 1 c. water and 1 c. honey.
  2. Mix together over medium heat until honey has completely dissolved and remove from heat until use.


Lia Giachino

Born in to a family immersed in the food and beverage world, good food and drink have always been a major part of Lia's life. She's been cooking since she was old enough to hold a wooden spoon and mixing cocktails since the time she turned err... 21! Since graduating college, Lia's had her hands in the food and beverage industry. Currently working as an NY-based Spirits Publicist by day, Lia spends her free time exploring the cocktail and culinary world in the Big Apple or cooking and shaking things up at home for friends and family.

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