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Whiskey Smash

Whiskey Smash
Image: / Tim Nusog 

Like Mint Juleps? You'll love the Whiskey Smash, a fruity 19th-century cousin of the Julep. Legendary bartender Dale DeGroff at the Rainbow Room in New York modified the classic recipe by adding muddled lemon wedges. DeGroff calls the citrus-and-mint combination the perfect cocktail for those who say they'll never drink whiskey.


  • 3 lemon wedges
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 4 mint leaves
  • Garnish: mint sprig


  1. Muddle the lemon in a shaker.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and ice and shake.

  3. Double-strain into a rocks glass over ice.

  4. Slap a mint sprig on the back of your hand and use as a garnish.