About the Whiskey Smash Cocktail
Like Mint Juleps? You’ll love the Whiskey Smash, a citrusy 19th-century cooler. It was created by legendary bartender Dale DeGroff at the Rainbow Room in New York. DeGroff calls the citrus-and-mint combination the perfect cocktail for those who say they’ll never drink whiskey.
Ingredients in the Whiskey Smash Cocktail
- Half a lemon, cut into wedges
- 4 to 6 Fresh mint leaves
- .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
- 2 oz Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Bourbon
Garnish: Mint sprig
How to make the Whiskey Smash Cocktail
In a shaker, muddle the lemon. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake, and double-strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice or one large ice chunk. Slap a mint sprig between your hands and use as garnish. Serve with a straw.
Watch expert bartender Erik Adkins make a proper Whiskey Smash in our How to Cocktail video.