The classic Whiskey Smash first appeared in Jerry Thomas’s Bartender’s Guide in 1887. It’s similar to a mint julep, with citrus and a bit less fuss over the presentation. The classic is made with lemon, but you can add your choice of citrus to make it your own. And don’t be shy with the muddling. More smash equals more flavor. Cheers!
2 oz. Ritual Whiskey Alternative
3/4 oz. simple syrup
Half of one lemon, cut into wedges
8 mint leaves
Mint sprig for garnish
Place mint leaves, lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Smash (muddle). Add the Whiskey Alternative and ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Slap the mint sprig to express its oils and garnish.