Whiskey Smash

Whiskey Smash is a classic cocktail made with Muddled Lemon Wedges, Bourbon, Mint Leaves and Simple Syrup. It was also called the “Old-Fashioned Whiskey Sour”. The recipe was developed by George J. Kappeler, who was a bartender in Detroit, Michigan. This cocktail is made with applejack brandy, lemon juice, sugar syrup and club soda. It can also use bourbon or rye whiskey instead of applejack brandy. The drink tastes best when served in a chilled glass with ice cubes and garnished with an orange slice or twist of lemon peel, respectively.

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2 ounces whiskey
¼ lemon, sliced into 2 wedges
5 large mint leaves
1 ounce simple syrup or maple syrup
Soda water, for serving
Crushed ice, for serving


1. Place the lemon wedges and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker.
2. Muddle 4 to 5 times to extract flavor. (Here’s more on How to Muddle Mint.)
3. Add the whiskey and maple syrup and fill the shaker with ice. Shake until cold and strain into a glass. If desired, add a splash of soda water.
4. Serve with crushed ice.

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