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Whiskey Smash

Looking for a fresh and tasty drink? Let me tell you about the Whiskey Smash. It’s a cool mix of mint, lemon, and whiskey. It’s like a mix of a Mint Julep and a Lemonade but even better. Perfect for hot days or when you just want something delicious.

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Tasting Notes

When you sip a Whiskey Smash, you’ll first taste the fresh mint and zesty lemon. It’s refreshing, with a sweet and sour kick. The whiskey gives it a smooth, warm feel, perfect for relaxing. It’s a great balance of flavors, making it a favorite for many.


Here’s what you need:

  • 2 oz of whiskey
  • Half a lemon, cut into pieces
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 oz of simple syrup
  • Mint sprig for garnish


Follow these steps:

  1. In a shaker, muddle the lemon pieces and mint leaves with sugar.
  2. Add whiskey and fill the shaker with ice.
  3. Shake it well until it’s very cold.
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig.
whiskey smash drink

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh mint for the best taste.
  • Muddle gently to release flavors, don’t mash too hard.
  • Adjust sugar to your liking.
  • Experiment with different whiskey types for new flavors.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For a great Whiskey Smash, try these brands:

  • Buffalo Trace
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Wild Turkey

Similar Cocktails

If you like this, try these too:

  1. Mint Julep – A classic, minty bourbon drink.
  2. Old Fashioned – A whiskey cocktail with bitters and sugar.
  3. Whiskey Sour – Whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar.
  4. Get Lucky Lemonade – A delicious twist for the lemonade.
  5. Peach Whiskey Smash – A peach variation of the original
See also  Bourbon Root Beer


The Whiskey Smash isn’t new. It’s been around since the 1800s. Jerry Thomas, a famous bartender, first mentioned it in his book. It’s a mix of old and new tastes, showing how classic drinks can still be popular.

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Whiskey Smash

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.4 from 12 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon, Whiskey, whiskey smash
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
The whiskey Smash is a fabulous choice for a summer cocktail. The recipe is so simple, you can easily make a batch for parties or just one for yourself.


  • 2 Oz Bourbon or Whiskey
  • 1/2 Oz Simple Syrup
  • 4-5 Mint Leaves
  • 3 Large Lemon Wedges
  • 1 Mint Sprig Garnish


  • Muddle the mint and lemon together well
  • Add in simple syrup, bourbon, and ice and shake until thoroughly mixed
  • Strain and pour into a rocks glass over cubed ice
  • Adorn the glass with a sprig of mint


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Whiskey Smash
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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