Monday, August 5, 2013

On The Rocks Cocktail Of The Day: Whiskey Smash

Every day, On The Rocks--a favorite whiskey bar of mine and of Women Who Whiskey--publishes a Cocktail of the Day recipe. 

A citrus-y variation on a Mint Julep, a Whiskey Smash is the perfect refreshing drink for a hot summer evening. 

{Whiskey Smash}

The whiskey smash is one of the older cocktails in American history, appearing in Jerry Thomas' first published book on bartending in 1887. Unfortunately, this drink has been overlooked for some time. Essentially a cross between a whiskey sour and a mint julep, the whiskey smash is perfect for the summer as it is quick, easy and absolutely refreshing. Just lemon, mint, simple syrup and whiskey, even the least experienced home bartender can make a great whiskey smash. For a sweeter smash, try Makers Mark or the newer Makers 46, or if you'd prefer something a bit spicier, Old Forester Signature should work quite

Whiskey Smash

Recipe from On The Rocks

2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 oz simple syrup (1 to 1 ratio)
1/4 lemon, cut up into 2-3 pieces
3-4 full sprigs of spearmint

In a mixing glass, add mint and lemon. Muddle thoroughly to release juices and oils.
Add simple syrup and whiskey.
Add ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
Garnish with a mint sprig.

Bottoms up! 

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