Whiskey Smash

Happy Friday! I made you a drink.

This is the whiskey lover’s alternative to a mojito. And it comes with a really fun name – Whiskey Smash!

This cocktail is lemony and bright but balanced by a brown sugar simple syrup and bourbon. The mint flavor is subtle. Shake everything up and the drink turns a cloudy light brown that looks so pretty with a sprig of mint. A lemon twist would be nice. That is if I knew how to make one. I’ll get back to you on that.


whiskey smash

If you don’t have a muddler, use a the handle of a wooden spoon. To make simple syrup, heat 2 parts sugar to 1 part water in a small saucepan until it just comes to a boil. Remove from heat and stir until sugar dissolves, and let the syrup cool and thicken before using.

1 lemon, quartered
7 medium or large mint leaves
1 ounce simple syrup made with brown sugar
2 ounces bourbon

Muddle 3 of the lemon quarters in the bottom of a cocktail shaker (about 10 or so strong muddles). Add mint leaves and muddle a few more times. Add the bourbon and simple syrup. Fill shaker with at least six ice cubes and shake for about 15 seconds.

Strain into a glass with (one big cube of) ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Rub some of those leaves gently for a more aromatic drink.

Serves 1. Adapted from There Will Be Bourbon.



9 thoughts on “Whiskey Smash

  1. For a second, when I read your title…I though of smashed potatoes that have been cooked in a whiskey broth! I think, I’m too hungry…need to get out of work and go home. But then I saw a cocktail, and you have no idea how happy that makes me! 🙂 Weekends are made for cocktails, aren’t they?!

  2. haha! Do you use a wooden spoon as a muddler? Mine is a tiny wooden rolling pin that was originally for making fondant decorations.

    I’m making one of these as soon as I get home. I’m going to need it.

    • I have a muddler now, but before that I used a wooden spoon. I kind of miss that because I liked the idea of being resourceful. I want to see a picture of this tiny rolling pin. 🙂

      Hope you like this drink and your Friday gets better!

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