Classic Whiskey Smash

Classic Whiskey Smash

  • Author: Maki Hojo
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Easy


  • 5 to 8 leaves spearmint (to taste)
  • 1/4 lemon (cut into 3 pieces)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • Garnish: mint sprig


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the mint and lemon. Muddle thoroughly to release the juices and oils.
  2. Add simple syrup, whiskey, and fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
  4. Garnish with a mint sprig. Serve and enjoy.


If you don’t have a muddler, smash the ingredients with the back of a spoon or the handle of a wooden spoon.

Though the recipe calls for bourbon, other styles of whiskey will work just fine in the Whiskey Smash. It’s all a matter of personal preference. The drink will take on a different character with each whiskey you pour.