Whiskey Smash Recipe

Bourbon, Lemons, Simple Syrup, Mint
Whiskey Smash
Photo for Curtis Lee

The Whiskey Smash is a classic whiskey cocktail, and a cousin of the Mint Julep—the only difference being that a smash contains fresh fruit, while juleps don't. The ingredients are a simple combination of bourbon, lemons, simple syrup, and mint, making this a strong but well-balanced formula.

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 around. The name likely comes from the muddling involved in mixing it up.

Whiskey Smash Ingredients

2 oz bourbon
0.5 oz simple syrup
Half a lemon, cut into wedges
5 mint leaves
Mint sprig for garnish

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 cube).
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint, clapped once between your hands to release the aromatic oils.
Whiskey Smash