Whisky Smash

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Hulk Smash!

And Whiskey Smash as well, apparently. This is a pretty old recipe – the original appears in Jerry Thomas‘ bartending guide, aka the Bible – and, like the best recipes, it’s stood the test of time. Drink a couple and you’ll be smashed, too.

INGREDIENTS

2 lemon quarters

3-6 mint leaves

45ml bourbon

25ml sugar syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

GLASS

Rocks/Old fashioned

METHOD

Muddle the lemon and mint in the base of a cocktail shaker. Add remaining ingredients and a good handful of ice. Shake it, baby, yeah! Strain into a glass that’s half-full of ice, garnish with a mint sprig and serve with a swagger.

TASTES LIKE

A mint julep’s kissing cousin. Lemon and sugar really bring out bourbon’s sweet side – there’s a jellybean-like sweetness going on here – but the mint just stops it from getting too cloying. It’s a good one for folks who want a more mellow side to a julep; those who like strong flavours might find it’s not to their taste.

RECIPE BY

This particular version appeared in a Dan Murphy’s catalogue. (Dan’s is an Australian chain of bottle shops. Although at 52 Cocktails HQ, it’s generally referred to as ‘the supermarket’ since we go there so often.)

 

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