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Five Star Cocktail: Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade

Once or twice a year, my mood reader heart craves a book that will rip me apart and leave me changed. On the Savage Side by Tiffany McDaniel took that as a challenge and grabbed ahold of my heart without mercy. 

This book deserves to have a drink poured in its honor, to celebrate the power of McDaniel’s writing, and reflect with those who deeply relate to this story. I’ve chosen to pair it with a Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade. I took inspiration from this blog post when looking for the perfect drink to honor this book and I’m excited to share it with you today.

Just like On the Savage Side, the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade has an impactful depth and a levity of sweetness that keeps you coming back for more! This is the easy warm weather drink you’ll be making all summer!

Before I dive into my recipe, check out my review of On the Savage Side here.

You can order this book and all of my other favorites from the Books list in my Amazon Storefront

I get compliments on these glasses all the time, so I’m linking them here along with the other barware I use regularly! These make incredible wedding and housewarming gifts!

Hobnail Glasses

Crystal Shaker Set

You can find more of my favorite glasses and barware here.

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade


8-10 blackberries

8-10 mint leaves

2 oz bourbon

4 oz lemonade



  1. Combine blackberries, mint leaves, and bourbon into a shaker and muddle until the berries have been crushed and the mint leaves have released their oils. 
  2. Pour the mixture into a glass filled with ice. *You may choose to strain the liquid into the glass, but personally I like the added fruit!
  3. Top with lemonade.
  4. Garnish and enjoy!

Send me a “cheers” if you make a Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade! You can find all of my thoughts on current reads on my Instagram page!

Want to see more Five Star Cocktails? Below are some of my favorite books paired with a cocktail to match!

Strawberry Basil Margarita for The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

Strawberry Bourbon Smash for Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Spice Pineapple Margarita for I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

French 75 for Atomic Habits by James Clear

Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita for The Reunion

Large Batch Strawberry Margaritas for Maame by Jessica George

Will you try the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade? What book would you like to see paired next? Looking forward to On the Savage Side by Tiffany McDaniel?

Leave a comment below and let’s chat! 

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