Whiskey Smash Recipe

This whiskey smash is a classic cocktail that’s tangy and refreshing, featuring lemon juice and mint — it’s like a citrus spin on the mint julep.

Whiskey Smash

Here’s a classic drink that’s classy and refreshing: the whiskey smash! I’m not normally a whiskey drinker, but Alex has converted me with this one. It’s tangy and light: not heavy and boozy like normal whiskey cocktails. It’s a citrus spin on the classic Mint Julep, featuring lemon and mint. It’s perfect for entertaining or evening cocktails on the patio. And it’s a little quicker than our famous Whiskey Sour. Keep reading for the recipe!

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What’s a whiskey smash?

The whiskey smash dates back to at least the 1880’s! It was listed in a bartender guide published in 1887. So you can imagine people in the Victorian times guzzling down this drink! It’s a whiskey cocktail made with lemon, mint, whiskey, and sweetener, and served with crushed ice.

The smash is an icy cocktail that often highlights seasonal fruit or herbs: it can be made with your spirit of choice: vodka, bourbon and whiskey all work. Here are a few different smash recipes (try them all!):

How to muddle

Cocktail tools for a whiskey smash

For this whiskey smash, you’ll need a few cocktail tools: or some of our alternatives that you’ll likely already have in your kitchen! Here are the cocktail tools you’ll need:

Cocktail Shaker

  • Get one: 24-Ounce Cocktail Shaker
  • A cocktail shaker quickly chills cocktails by shaking them against ice, then has a perforated lid so you can pour out the cocktail without pouring out the ice as well. 
  • What can you use instead of a cocktail shaker? Use a glass mason jar. Place the cocktail in the jar and fill it with ice. Screw on the top and shake away! Then strain the jar contents into a glass.

Cocktail Muddler

  • Get one: Cocktail Muddler
  • A cocktail muddler is used to mash fruits and herbs in a glass or cocktail shaker to release their flavor. 
  • What can you use instead? Use a wooden spoon to gently mash the berries, lime wedges, and mint leaves.
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How to make a whiskey smash

This whiskey smash comes together in literally minutes! Alex remarked to me that he loves how quick it is to mix up: you don’t even have to juice lemons like in our family-favorite Whiskey Sour recipe. Using a muddler to muddle the lemon and mint releases their oils and juices, without having to spend time squeezing out lemon juice with a juicer.

Here’s how to make a whiskey smash (see the full recipe below):

  1. Place lemon and mint into a cocktail shaker and muddle (gently mash) it a few times.
  2. Add whiskey and maple syrup or simple syrup. Add ice and shake until cold.
  3. Strain into a glass. If you’d like, add a splash of soda water (this rounds out the flavors). Serve with crushed ice.

This whiskey smash recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.

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Whiskey Smash

Whiskey Smash Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

This whiskey smash is a classic cocktail that’s tangy and refreshing, featuring lemon juice and mint — it’s like a citrus spin on the mint julep.


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Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whiskey
  • 1/4 lemon, sliced into 2 wedges
  • 5 large mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or simple syrup)
  • Soda water, for serving
  • Crushed ice, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the lemon wedges and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Muddle 4 to 5 times to extract flavor. (Here’s more on How to Muddle Mint.)
  2. Add the whiskey and maple syrup and fill the shaker with ice. If desired, add a splash of soda water. Shake until cold and strain into a glass. Serve with crushed ice.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Muddled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Whiskey Smash, Smash Recipe, Whiskey Smash

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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