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Whiskey Smash

Ingredients

¾ oz. Simple Syrup

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

1 ½ oz. Bourbon

Mint Leaves

Mint Sprigs

Cubed Ice

Glassware and Tools

Rocks

Jigger

Muddler

Boston Shaker Tin

Mixing Glass


Instructions

1. Grab a pinch of mint, place it between your hands and clap. Roll the mint into a ball and drop
it into the mixing glass.

2. Using the jigger pour the following into the mixing glass with your mint:

- ¾ oz. of lemon juice
- ¾ oz. of simple syrup
- 1 ½ oz. of bourbon

3. Gently muddle the drink using mild pressure and slight twisting motion.

4. Add ice and place the tin on top of the mixing glass, with a firm tap on bottom of the tin lock the two together.

5. Shake for 10-15 seconds, allowing the mixture to go from one end to the other of the shaker.

6. Grab the rocks glass and add ice to it.

7. Apply a firm tap to the tin at a point where the glass and tin have some separation and using the strainer strain contents into your rocks glass.

8. Finally, take 3 to 5 mint sprigs and twist stems into bouquet, brush against your hand a couple of times and place, stem first into your glass.

9. Enjoy!


History

The Smash is a very distinct cocktail that uses fruity, icy flavor, and texture to deliver a refreshing beverage.

A subset of the Julep, the smash has been defined as a Peculiarly American Beverage by Jerry Thomas in his 1862 How to Mix Drinks. Due to its flavor palate and overall “refreshing-ness,” the drink was very popular in the southern states.

The Smash is often mixed with different seasonal fruits, an easy way to add variation to a relatively simple drink. The Smash was originally made with granulated sugar that was muddled; however, it made the transition to simple syrup during the mid-20th Century.

The most famous smash is the Whiskey Smash, but a Smash can be made with rum, brandy, gin, Irish whiskey, or Scotch whiskey. Give them all a try!