Tangy and refreshing, the classic Whiskey Smash is the perfect cocktail for the warmer spring days ahead

Just in time for the start of the meteorological start of spring at the start of this month, the weather has turned cold again over here. But at least the days are mostly sunny, and the first crocuses are out defying the freezing cold.

In other words, it’s the perfect time to say goodbye to the hot toddy and instead switch to more spring-like, refreshing cocktails.

This delicious, classic Whiskey Smash is the perfect drink to rock any spring brunch or Friday night pre-dinner party.

Since it’s only two more weeks until St. Patrick’s Day, why not make it an Irish Whiskey Smash mixing it up with a whiskey from the green island and serve for your St. Patrick’s lunch, dinner, or party.

What is a Smash Cocktail

Smash cocktails are a particular form of the classic julep cocktail which originates in the southern part of the U.S. and is characterized by using fresh mint leaves as a main ingredient. Smash cocktails are the only other type of cocktail using fresh mint and like the julep can be mixed with any type of spirit, from whiskey to gin, vodka and occasionally even sparkling wine. However, to become a true smash cocktail, a fruity component is essential.

Classic Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe

Thus, you could say all smashes are juleps but not all juleps are smashes.

The fruit component in a smash cocktail can be either fresh seasonal fruit which is muddled along with the mint or simply adding a juice of your choice.

What are the origins of Whiskey Smash

Whiskey Smash dates back to the 1880s and it was listed in a bartender guide in 1887. The classic variation is made with bourbon thus the drink is also referred to as ‘bourbon smash’.

That said, as with all drinks, it’s down to personal taste and really any type of whiskey can be used to make a smash cocktail.

Classic Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe

Irish Whiskey Smash Recipe

60 ml Irish Whiskey
30 ml simple syrup
5-6 mint leaves
2 lemon slices
soda water (optional)

In a cocktail shaker, first muddle the mint leaves. Add lemon slices and muddle again.

Fill the shaker with ice. Add whiskey and simple syrup and shake all ingredients until cold.

Strain into a lowball glass filled with ice.

Top up with a splash of soda water if desired.

Garnish with additional mint leaves.

Classic Whiskey Smash Cocktail Recipe