Whiskey Smash Recipe

Whiskey Smash
Photo for Curtis Lee

All Smashes are Juleps, but not all Juleps are Smashes. Confused? So were we, until we realized the essential difference is that a Smash contains fresh fruit, whereas Juleps don’t necessarily have to. The classic Whiskey Smash dates back to the good old days of 19th century American mixology, and appears in some of the earliest cocktail recipe books.


Half a lemon, cut into slices
2 - 3 mint leaves
0.75 oz simple syrup
1.5 oz bourbon
Mint for garnish

Preparation: How to make a Whiskey Smash

  1. Muddle the lemon, mint, and simple syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice.
  2. Add the bourbon and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into an Old-Fashioned glass filled with crushed ice (or a single large chunk).
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint, clapped once between your hands to release the oils.
Whiskey Smash