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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!
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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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Yield: 4 Ounces

Bourbon Smash

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

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


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


  1. 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.
  2. Add the bourbon and ice. Shake until cold.
  3. 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.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

4 Ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 7gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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