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Happy hour is here, and it’s time to celebrate with the enticing BLAC Berry Smash cocktail, showcasing the Black-owned liquor brand, Blackstone Brothers Distillery Brandy. This delightful drink is a perfect way to unwind after a long day while supporting a black-owned business. The BLAC Berry Smash features a blend of black-owned brandy, lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh blackberries, and mint leaves, creating a refreshing and visually stunning drink that will leave you wanting more.

The Art of Mixing: BLAC Berry Smash Recipe

To create the perfect BLAC Berry Smash, you’ll need the following ingredients:


Mix it up: Muddle blackberries and mint in a shaker to release their flavors. Add the brandy, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the mix. Shake it all up with ice to create a refreshing blend. Strain into a glass over fresh ice, and garnish with a few more blackberries and mint leaves for a touch of elegance. Here’s to a vibrant and unforgettable happy hour experience!

BLAC Berry Smash

Crafting Your Own Blackberry Brandy

For those who love to experiment with flavors and infusions, you can create your own blackberry brandy using a simple recipe from Artful Dishes. By infusing brandy with fresh blackberries and a hint of sugar, you’ll craft a smooth, fruity, and visually stunning liquor that elevates your BLAC Berry Smash to new heights.


  • Brandy or Bourbon
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Granulated sugar


  1. Add fresh blackberries and granulated sugar to a quart-sized mason jar.
  2. Use a wooden spoon or a muddler to mash the berries and sugar together, releasing the blackberry flavor.
  3. Pour in the brandy or bourbon and stir the mixture.
  4. Set the jar in a cool place for at least two weeks, or up to a month, for the infusion to develop.
  5. Perform weekly taste tests until the flavor reaches your desired intensity.
  6. Once ready, strain the blackberry brandy or bourbon and store it in a clean jar.

You can enjoy your homemade blackberry brandy or bourbon in various cocktails, like the BLAC Berry Smash, or even as a chilled after-dinner drink. This infusion also makes a thoughtful and unique gift for friends and family. Happy infusing

A Happy Hour Experience to Remember

The BLAC Berry Smash is more than just a cocktail; it’s a celebration of black-owned businesses and a testament to the power of supporting local entrepreneurs. So, gather your friends, mix up a batch of these delightful drinks, and toast to a vibrant and unforgettable happy hour experience. Cheers! ?

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