Philly Smash Recipe

Philly Smash Recipe

[Photo: Kelly Carámbula ]

Fresh summer berries are muddled with little simple syrup to enhance their sweetness, then paired with rye whiskey to give the drink a little pep. Averna, a rich-tasting amaro, complements the berries nicely.

This recipe is adapted from a cocktail by Rob Gourlay of Esquire Tavern in San Antonio that was printed in Imbibe.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

  • Yield:serves 1
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 6 fresh berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (see note)
  • 1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey, such as Rittenhouse
  • 1/2 ounce Averna
  • 1/4 ounce fresh juice from 1 lime
  • Garnish: additional whole berries


  1. 1.

    Muddle the berries and simple syrup in the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass. Add rye, Averna, and lime juice. Pack the glass with crushed ice or small ice cubes and stir. Garnish with a few whole berries.