Like Mint Juleps? You'll love the Whiskey Smash, a citrusy 19th-century cooler. 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
Muddle the lemon in a shaker.
Add the remaining ingredients and ice and shake.
Double-strain into a rocks glass over ice.
Slap a mint sprig on the back of your hand and use as a garnish.