Whiskey Smash

Put the mint leaves, lemon, and syrup in a chilled cocktail shaker. Gently crush with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon until the lemon wedges have released their juice. Add the whiskey and fill the shaker with ice. Put the lid on the shaker and make sure you have a tight seal. Shake as hard as you can for 7 to 10 seconds and then strain into a small chilled rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with the mint sprig and serve.

Ingredients

  • 6–8 fresh mint leaves; plus 1 sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 small lemon, quartered and seeded
  • 3/4 fl. oz. (4-1/2 tsp.) simple syrup
  • 2 fl. oz. (1/4 cup) rye whiskey

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