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Whiskey Smash

Amy Traynor
The Whiskey Smash is a refreshing classic cocktail made with whiskey, sugar, lemon, and mint. Smashes are a laid back off-shoot of the Mint Julep and can be made with a variety of spirits and fruits.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz whiskey (try it with bourbon or rye!)
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • ½ lemon, cut into wedges
  • 10 mint leaves, plus more for garnish


  • Add the lemon wedges to a cocktail shaker and muddle well to release the juices and oils from the peel.
  • Add the mint leaves to the shaker and muddle gently.
  • Pour in the whiskey and simple syrup and fill the shaker ¾ with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, then fine strain the liquid into a double rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint.


Recipe variations

Some like to muddle the lemon and mint directly in the glass. If opting for this method, fill the glass with crushed ice after muddling, then pour over the whiskey and syrup. Stir several times to chill, then top with more crushed ice and garnish with mint.

Blackberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach, or Pineapple Smashes

Add more flavor to your Smash by muddling a few pieces of fresh fruit with your lemon wedges. Then add the mint and make the cocktail as usual. Garnish with fresh mint and fruit.
Keyword bourbon, classic cocktails, lemon juice, mint, rye whiskey, smash, whiskey
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