Bourbon Smash


hat is a bourbon smash? A smash is an icy cocktail that often highlights seasonal fruit or herbs. It’s made for hot days, and can be made with your spirit of choice (vodka, bourbon and whiskey all work). This bourbon smash is a refreshing bourbon cocktail that’s full of flavor: perfectly balanced and tangy, with a hint of mint. The taste of this cocktail resembles a whisky sour, but with bourbon instead.


  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1/4 lemon, sliced into 2 wedges
  • 5 large mint leaves
  • 1 oz Maple Syrup (or simple syrup)


Drop three lemon wedges into a cocktail shaker and muddle until juices are released, about 10 smashes.  Add the mint leaves and muddle just to release the flavor, about 8 smashes.  Add bourbon and maple syrup (or simple syrup), fill shaker with ice, secure second glass or lid and shake vigorously until chilled, about 15 seconds.  Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice, strain bourbon smash over ice and garnish with mint. And that’s it, the perfect cocktail!


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