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Whiskey Smash Cocktail

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The Whiskey Smash cocktail is a drink built with lemon juice, bourbon whiskey, mint leaves, and some type of sugar syrup!

Whiskey Smash Cocktail Info

There are many great whiskey cocktails, including classics such as the Old Fashioned or Manhattan, and many versions of one of my favorites: the Whiskey Sour! The Whiskey Smash recipe is a bourbon cousin to the Mint Julep.

The Whiskey Smash was first published in Jerry Thomas' 1887 edition "The Bartenders Guide." However, variations of this fruity-whiskey cocktail have existed for many decades before this publication. Bartenders and drinkers have been making juleps ever since the 1700s.

A good muddler is essential for a great smash. We use the muddler on the lemon wedges to release their juices and the oils from the peel. The oils released will create a richer flavor when the whiskey is added to the mix. Mint leaves can be added for excellent minty notes.

Dale DeGroff (aka King Cocktail) was a legendary bartender who started serving Whiskey Smashes in New York's Rainbow Room during the 1980s and 1990s. This helped to popularize the classic drink and bring it back to life for modern drinkers.

While most recipes call for bourbon in its final form, rye and Canadian whiskey can also make a great Whiskey Smash Cocktail.

DeGroff describes the citrus and mint combination as the ideal cocktail for people who refuse to drink whiskey. This tasty and easy-going cocktail will charm both novices and whiskey-lovers.

Whiskey Smash

A Mint Julep cocktail cousin!


5 from 1 vote
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 3 Lemon Wedges
  • 60 ml Bourbon Whiskey
  • 30 ml Sugar Syrup (Ginger Infused)
  • 4 Mint Leaves


  • Add the lemon wedges to your shaker and muddle them.
  • Add the whiskey.
  • Add the sugar syrup and mint leaves!
  • Shake cold.
  • Strain into an ice-filled whiskey glass.
  • Serve!

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Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg
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