How to Make a Whiskey Smash

This cross between a mint julep and a whiskey sour just might be your new favorite cocktail

Photo: Johnny Autry | Food Styling by Charlotte Autry


    • 4 mint sprigs

    • ¼ lemon cut into 3 or 4 pieces

    • ¾ oz. simple syrup (1:1 sugar and water, heated until dissolved)

    • 2 oz. rye whiskey


  1. Save the top of one mint sprig for garnish. Place 10 to 12 mint leaves in cocktail shaker with lemon and muddle for 1 minute. Add simple syrup and rye. Fill with ice and shake for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with mint sprig and serve. (Some pieces of mint will pass through a coil strainer; if desired, use a fine-mesh strainer to remove them.)