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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

Equipment

  • muddler
  • tall glass

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Ingredients:

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!
 

Variations:

  • 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.

Nutrition

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