Whisky Smash
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Whisky Smash
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.22 / 5
Essentially a mix between a Mint Julep and a Whisky Sour, this drink appeared in Jerry Thomas' bartending book in 1887. Essentially a mix between a Mint Julep and a Whisky Sour, this drink appeared in Jerry Thomas' bartending book in 1887.
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15 key ingredients
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Base ingredient
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Bourbon
Garnish
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Lemon, mint
Alcohol content
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22.22% | 2.4 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
10 10 10
22.5ml ¾oz 2.3cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
60ml 2oz 6cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Whisky Smash is a delightful fusion of vibrant mint and zesty lemon juice, complemented harmoniously by the rich, velvety notes of bourbon—a timeless choice that proves why this classic has remained a favorite since 1887. Its careful balance of sweetness from the sugar syrup and the robust backbone of the bourbon offers a refreshing yet complex flavor profile, perfect for sipping on a slow afternoon.

Method
How to make a Whisky Smash

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Adding all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake well before straining into a rocks-filled old-fashined glass
Garnish with a lemon slice and a mint sprig, and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Whisky Smash?

The Whisky Smash, hailing from the 19th century, is considered a classic cocktail with roots tracing back to Jerry Thomas, often referred to as 'the father of American mixology.' Its creation aligns with the golden age of cocktails and is seen as a more citrusy cousin to the Mint Julep, blending whiskey with fresh mint, lemon, and sweetness, evolved to suit changing tastes over time.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of whiskey in a Whisky Smash?

Yes, while bourbon is traditionally used in a Whisky Smash for its sweet and full-bodied flavor, you can experiment with different types of whiskey. Rye whiskey can add a spicier kick, while Scotch can introduce a smoky note. The choice of whiskey can significantly alter the cocktail's character, so feel free to explore according to your taste preferences.

FAQ

How do I properly muddle the mint for a Whisky Smash?

To properly muddle the mint for a Whisky Smash, gently press the mint leaves against the bottom of the mixing glass with a muddler or the back of a spoon. The goal is to bruise the leaves to release their essential oils without shredding them, which can lead to a bitter taste. A light twisting motion works best, ensuring the mint's flavor is extracted without overdoing it.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

What's the best way to serve a Whisky Smash to maintain its freshness?

The best way to serve a Whisky Smash to maintain its freshness is to prepare it right before serving. Use fresh mint and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Serve it over crushed ice in a whisky glass and garnish it with a mint sprig for the best presentation. The crushed ice not only chills the drink quickly but also dilutes it slightly, enhancing the drink's flavor profile.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Whisky Smash?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Whisky Smash can be made by substituting the bourbon with a non-alcoholic spirit or whiskey alternative. There are several brands on the market offering non-alcoholic spirits that mimic the flavor profile of whiskey. Combine this with the lemon juice, sugar syrup, and mint leaves per the original recipe to enjoy a refreshing, alcohol-free take on this classic cocktail.

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