Part 3 Of the Complete Christmas Dinner: Cherry Bourbon Smash Cocktail and Blackberry Bourbon Streusel

For the holidays this month, we're going to show you four simple recipes that will add a ton of flavour to your table! There's several recipes so we're going to have to break this one down in parts.

The Menu:

Part 1: Smoked Cream Cheese Appetizer and Barbecue Potato Casserole for the Side Dish (click here)

Part 2: Barbecue Spatchcock Holiday Turkey (click here)

Part 3: Smoked Cherry Bourbon Smash Cocktail and Smoked Blackberry Streusel for Dessert (you're here!)

Drink: Smoked Cherry Bourbon Smash Cocktail

Get ready to be introduced to your new favourite Christmas cocktail (also works great for birthdays... and Mondays)

Smoked Cherry Bourbon


  • 30 Frozen or Fresh Cherries (Pitted)
  • 4 Tbsp. Bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • Bitters (to taste)
  • Lime for Wedges
  • Ice


STEP 1: Set your smoker to 425°F.

STEP 2: While the smoker is heating up, put the cherries, bourbon, and brown sugar in a large bowl and toss them.

Cherries for Smoked Cherry BourbonBrown Sugar for Smoked Cherry Bourbon Cocktail


STEP 3: Place the mixture into a cast iron pan, or any barbecue-safe pan, and roast for 10 minutes (or until the cherries have darkened in colour and have softened).


STEP 4: Remove that aroma-filled pan of deliciousness off the grill and allow it to cool completely. 

STEP 5: Muddle a few of the smoked cherries with the bitters and a lime wedge. 


STEP 6: Add your ice, bourbon, and cola.


STEP 7: Garnish it with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Smoked Chery Bourbon Smash Cocktail




Dessert: Smoked Blackberry Streusel

Alright, so you've had your drink. It goes without saying, you'll need a smoked dessert too.  




  • 24 oz. Blackberries
  • 1 Lemon (for zest and juice)
  • 2 Tbsp. Bourbon
  • 2 Tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup of Softened Butter (plus extra to grease your pan)
  • 3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt


STEP 1: Set your smoker to 375°F.

STEP 2: In a large bowl, combine frozen berries, lemon zest, lemon juice, bourbon, allspice, and sugar, and start stirrin'!


STEP 3: To make the streusel, mix in butter and brown sugar with your hand or mixer and make sure it’s well combined and fluffy. Don't forget to wear your gloves!


STEP 4: Add flour, salt and cinnamon and mix again until just combined. Mixture should be crumbly.


STEP 5: Use remaining butter to grease a 10-12″ skillet or baking dish.

STEP 6: Pour the blackberry mixture into the pan then scatter the streusel on top.


STEP 7: Place the pan into the grill, and bake for 40-45 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the streusel has browned slightly.

STEP 8: Serve alone or with a side of vanilla ice cream!
We know the feeling... sometimes it feels like all you need in life is a good drink and some dessert, but there's MORE to life than that. We've got all sorts of recipes to share, so stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter, The Hotline, where we write weekly blog posts about grill tips and tricks, and of course, recipes!
Looking for more Holiday dish ideas? Here are some recommendations to try:

Recipe written by barbecue enthusiast and competitor Andrew Plaza. Follow him on Instagram for more barbecue goodness by clicking here.

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