Sour lemons and fresh mint are muddled with sugar to form the base of this classic Whiskey Smash. Think you don’t like whiskey? Think again!
No, you don’t get to throw a bottle of whiskey against the wall. I know you’re really disappointed, but save that kind of craziness for another day.
A whiskey smash is named for the sweet muddling action that goes on between the sugar, lemon, and fresh mint leaves. Think “flavor orgy.”
Whoa, I took that one a little far, didn’t I?
Maybe it’s the whiskey.
It’s a thing of beauty, isn’t it? Like a grown-up version of a snow cone, only better because whiskey.
Serving up one of these cocktails really couldn’t be any easier. You can even do it after you’ve had one or two, which is very important from an entertaining perspective.
First, we throw some stuff in a glass. You could do this in a cocktail shaker, but mason jars are just really trendy right now so you should probably make it in a mason jar.
Next, smash the stuff up with a muddler (or the handle of a wooden spoon).
Once it’s all good and smashed, go ahead and throw some whiskey in there. I used Jameson because it’s almost St. Patrick’s day and I wanted an excuse to bring a bottle of Irish Whiskey into the house.
Put a lid on the jar (or shaker), and shake it like a Polaroid picture.
Serve it straight out of the mason jar, or pour it into something faaaaancy.
Top with crushed ice (method: put ice in blender) and garnish with a sprig of mint.
I forbid you to make this if you aren’t going to garnish it with a sprig of mint.
It’s like a mint julep without all of the hard work of infusing and waiting around forever. I want my whiskey, and I want it NOW!
Here’s Your Recipe!
- 3 tablespoons mint leaves (about 7 or 8 leaves)
- half of one lemon, cut into four pieces
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 2 ounces whiskey
- 1 cup crushed ice
- Place the mint, lemon, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Muddle together until the sugar has dissolved and the lemon has expressed its juices.
- Add the whiskey, cover, and shake for 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to an Old Fashioned glass.
- Top with crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.