The Whiskey Smash – Difference Without a Distinction?

There are few summer whiskey cocktails that match up to the refreshing Whiskey Smash. This delicious concoction has all the right elements, and in the right quantities which made it an instant hit more than a century ago when it was first invented.

The Whiskey Smash is said to have been first developed and published in a ‘Bartenders Guide’ long ago in 1887, by a man known as Jerry Thomas. Very little about the cocktail is known from thereon, of course except for the fact that it is hard to stop at one when you’re having a Whiskey Smash.

In fact, the recipe is so perfectly tuned to appeal to drinkers universally that it has proved to be comfortably adaptable even when the base spirit is switched out for something else. Yet none match up to the absolute delight that it conjures when prepared with whiskey. The sourness of lemons meet the sweetness of sugar, and the warmth of whiskey mingles with fresh zing of mint leaves for a symphony orchestra of flavours that beat the heat in style.

The ingredients are simple, and so is the preparation for this sublime whiskey based cocktail, and we suggest you stock up on the ingredients because you are certainly going to be making a lot of these.


  • Jameson Irish whiskey – 60 ML
  • Lemon wedges – 3-4 wedges
  • Mint Leaves – 1 sprig
  • Sugar Syrup – 25 ML

The Process

The Whiskey Smash is one of the simplest and quickest whiskey cocktails to prepare, and takes less than five minutes to prepare even when done by someone with no prior experience mixing drinks.

Step 1: Add the lemon wedges to a cocktail shaker, and muddle them thoroughly

Step 2: Proceed to add lots of ice, followed by Jameson whiskey, and sugar syrup. Shake the mixture until it is chilled and mixed well.

Step 3: Strain the mixture into an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice

Step 4: Garnish the drink with a sprig of gently bruised mint leaves, and the Whiskey Smash is done.

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