How to Make a Whiskey Smash

Sour lemons and fresh mint are muddled with sugar to form the base of this classic Whiskey Smash recipe. Think you don’t like whiskey? Think again!

Tart 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.

In case, you wanted to know. The whiskey smash, which some also call the bourbon smash, is a citrus smash with bourbon whiskey, muddled lemon wedges, sugar, and muddled mint leaves.

This whiskey drink first appeared in 1887.

Tart 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!

It’s a thing of beauty, isn’t it? Like a grown-up version of a snow cone, only better because whiskey.

Serving up a whiskey smash drink 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.

Tart 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!

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).

Tart 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!

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.

Tart 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!

Top with crushed ice (method: put ice in blender) and garnish with a sprig of mint.

I forbid you to make this whiskey recipe 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 drink, and I want it NOW!

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Tart 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!

Here’s the Recipe!

How to Make a Whiskey Smash

How to Make a Whiskey Smash

Tart lemons and fresh mint are muddled with sugar to form the base of this classic Whiskey Smash recipe. Think you don't like whiskey? Think again!

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Place the mint, lemon, and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Muddle together until the sugar has dissolved and the lemon has expressed its juices.
  2. Add the whiskey, cover, and shake for 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to an Old Fashioned glass.
  3. Top with crushed ice and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Nutrition

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206|Total Fat: 0g|Saturated Fat: 0g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 0g|Cholesterol: 0mg|Sodium: 8mg|Carbohydrates: 21g|Fiber: 3g|Sugar: 15g|Protein: 1g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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This whiskey smash cocktail recipe is often misspelled as a whisky smash recipe or wiskey smash recipe.

March 13, 2015 | Last Updated on January 13, 2021 by Linda

7 thoughts on “How to Make a Whiskey Smash”

  1. Not only does the drink sound super yummy (I <3 whiskey!) but I really enjoyed reading the article as well! Your humor made me smile!

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  2. Oh I all ready know that I like whiskey! You don’t need to convince me. But you do now have me craving one (or three) of these cocktails! YUM! Great photos, Anetta!

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