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Bourbon Smash

Our Bourbon Smash combines bourbon, fresh mint, and lemon juice to create a delicious cocktail that’s perfect for your next dinner party!

Classic cocktail recipes are some of our favorite things to make. Whether it’s bourbon, rum, gin or vodka, a great homemade cocktail only takes minutes to prepare. Rum Mixed Drinks, Coconut Mojitos, a Whiskey Sour, Strawberry Mimosas, and Hot Buttered Rum are some of the varieties that we enjoy most.

A close-up of the finished cocktail with fresh mint.

How to Make a Bourbon Smash:

  1. Add the simple syrup, fresh mint, and lemon wedges to a drink shaker.
  2. Next, use a muddler (or wooden spoon) to crush the lemon and mint.
  3. Then, pour in the bourbon and add the ice. Place the lid on the shaker and mix everything for 5-7 seconds.
  4. Afterward, add more ice to a 6-8 ounce glass.
  5. Lastly, strain and pour the drink into the glass.
  6. Serve with fresh mint as a garnish. Enjoy!
Collage showing how to make a bourbon smash.

Tips and Variations:

  • When making cocktails, use the best spirits you can afford. We use middle shelf range.
  • Fresh mint is the best option for a bourbon smash. Extracts and oils don’t provide the best flavor.
  • Use a large glass jar and lid or stir the cocktail to mix everything together if you don’t have a cocktail shaker. You’ll still need to muddle the lemon and mint. But, a shaker cup isn’t a necessary tool.
  • To make this cocktail without mint, simply omit it. Optionally, substitute the mint with fresh basil for a different flavor combination.
Two cocktails in glasses with ice.


Storage: This bourbon smash is best enjoyed immediately and storage is not recommended.

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A close-up of the finished cocktail with fresh mint.

Bourbon Smash

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Ounces

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  • [1 ounce simple syrup]
  • 8 fresh mint leaves plus more for garnish
  • Half a large lemon cut into wedges
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ice


  • Place simple syrup, mint leaves, and lemon wedges in a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to crush the lemon wedges and bruise the mint leaves.
  • Add the bourbon and ice. Shake until cold.
  • Strain over an ice filled glass, and garnish with additional mint leaves. Serve immediately.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of one (4-ounce) bourbon smash. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information and tips, please refer to the post.


Serving: 4Ounces | Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g
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