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Single glass of bourbon smash cocktail with a mint garnish.
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Bourbon Smash

The Bourbon Smash wins, hands down, for the easiest bourbon cocktail. With only 4 ingredients and infinite variations, this simple drink recipe is a refreshing balance of sweet and tart - with just a hint of spiciness.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: cocktail
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 201kcal


  • muddler
  • tall glass


  • 2 lemon wedges
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 2 lemon slices optional
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint optional


  • In a tall glass add lemon wedges, simple syrup and 2 mint sprigs.
  • Muddle the lemon wedges to release the juice and oils from the mint.
  • Add the bourbon and ice to the glass. Stir.
  • Strain into an ice filled rocks glass.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs if desired.



You don't need to use an expensive bourbon in this cocktail. Maker's Mark, Elijah Craig and Bulleit are are great bourbons to use!


  • Blackberry- Substitute 4 large blackberries for the lemon wedges. You can also substitute lime wedges for the lemon.
  • Peach- Peaches and bourbon are a popular combination and are divine in this cocktail!
  • Maple - A bourbon smash isn't just for summer. For a more fall inspired drink, substitute maple syrup for the simple syrup and a large orange wedge for the lemon wedges.
  • Fig - fresh figs are amazingly delicious with bourbon! Substitute lime juice for the lemon and honey for the simple syrup.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg