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.
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.