Whiskey Smash Recipe

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Whiskey Smash

  • Author: Andrew Radford
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x


A classic 19th-century smash-style cocktail, this Whiskey Smash recipe combines muddled lemon, fresh mint, simple syrup, and whiskey.

I find that this cocktail strikes a decent balance between sweet, citrusy, and minty flavours, perfect for sipping on a warm day.

The Whiskey Smash is similar to a whiskey sour or mint julep but with the vibrant addition of lemon. It offers a burst of freshness that enhances the whiskey’s complexity.


  • 2 oz or 60 ml Whiskey (bourbon is typically preferred)
  • Half a lemon, cut into wedges
  • 46 Fresh mint leaves
  • 3/4 oz or 45 ml Simple syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig (for garnish)


  1. Prep 1: In a shaker, muddle the lemon wedges and mint leaves with simple syrup to extract the flavours.
  2. Prep 2: Now add the whiskey and crushed ice, then shake until the mixture is thoroughly chilled.
  3. Pour: Strain into a glass filled with more crushed ice.
  4. Garnish: A sprig of mint.


The term “smash” in cocktail-lingo refers to a style of drink that involves first “smashing” or muddling ingredients to release their flavours.

The Whiskey Smash is incredibly versatile, allowing for adaptations (such as the Strawberry Basil Smash or the Pineapple Whiskey Smash) with different fruits and syrups according to season or preference.

  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Cocktail


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g

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