Tangy, tart, and sweet - this Bourbon Smash is the perfect drink no matter what time of year. It's made with muddled lemons, fresh mint leaves, and a tiny bit of honey for a cool and crisp drink.
Serve this classic smash cocktail with ice and a fresh mint sprig for a delightfully refreshing treat.
Who doesn't love a good and easy cocktail? Especially an easy cocktail that you can make with only a handful of ingredients? I recently went to a whiskey tasting with some friends and a Bourbon Smash was one of the drinks that they served as a welcome cocktail.
Needless to say, it was such a delicious cocktail that I had to come home and remake it for myself. Turns out, it's nothing more than a few simple ingredients.
This classic smash recipe is actually considered to be a julep with seasonal fruit, which is also known as a smash. The drink first came about in "The Bartender's Guide" by Jerry Thomas as a spin off of a whiskey sour.
It's also very similar to a mint julep, the only difference is that a mint julep doesn't have lemons. It's served with crushed ice in a cocktail glass or rocks glass and is a pretty simple cocktail but has so much flavor.
These classic cocktails contain only four simple ingredients - lemon wedges (or lemon juice if you don't have fresh lemons), mint leaves, honey or simple syrup, and of course, bourbon.
I've heard of some adding a bit of soda water as these drinks tend to be on the stronger side, however, at it's core, those are the 4 ingredients.
Feel free to get creative and use a smoky bourbon or a maple bourbon for enhanced flavor/taste. I used Marker's Mark, it's always a classic choice in my home, however, you can use your favorite whiskey.
This Bourbon Smash recipe is SO easy. All you need is 5 minutes, a muddler, and a cocktail shaker.
The easiest way to make crushed ice at home is to pop some ice cubes in a blender and pulse a few times. For a more dramatic, theatrical way if you don't have a blender, you can place ice cubes in a ziploc bag and smash the cubes with a dough roller or mallet (just be super careful lol).
For savory options, steak, ham, BBQ ribs, and anything with a smoky flavor profile. For sweet flavors, chocolates, berries, chocolate cakes, and anything with caramel pair exceptionally well with bourbon.
A smash is a kind of julep where you literally muddle together mint, a fresh fruit, and an alcohol.
If you've ever had a whiskey sour / classic whiskey smash, the taste is very similar. The only difference is that in a smash, the actual lemon is used and muddled to render out the lemon juice for a more concentrated lemon flavor.
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