After a couple of weeks of some pretty fancy Smashes of our own creation, we’re going back to basics. Sometimes simple and to-the-point is all you need. Here’s one of the original Smashes, and one of the best: the Whiskey Smash.Â â€“ Andrew
Illustration by Nathalie Ouederni for Oh So Beautiful Paper
The Whiskey Smash
2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 a Lemon, Quartered
2 Mint Sprigs
Combine all of your ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add a few big pieces of ice, as big and as square as you can find and fit. Shake hard to pulverize the lemon and mint, then strain into a tumbler filled with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with more mint and enjoy!
The very first Whiskey Smash consisted of just whiskey, sugar, and mint â€“ a combination you might recognize from another recipe. So there’s not a whole lot to distinguish a classic Whiskey Smash from a Mint Julep; the only difference, if there is one at all, is that Juleps are meant to be sipped slowly and languidly through a straw, while Smashes are meant to be knocked back a bit more quickly.
This is a slightly updated version of that classic recipe, throwing in a bit of acidic citrus (and aromatic lemon peel oils) to give the very-mellow drink a slight edge, a bit of a bite. And it works: this isÂ very easy drinking.
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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper