A smash is any cocktail that highlights fruit or herbs and this tangy cocktail that’s packed with mint and lemon fits the bill perfectly. It’s every bit as refreshing as it sounds.
1 lemon, sliced into 8 wedges
20 large mint leaves
Four shots of bourbon
100 ml maple syrup
Soda water – optional for serving
Put the lemon and mint into a cocktail shaker and muddle five times to extract flavour (see notes below).
Add the bourbon and maple syrup and fill the shaker with ice. Shake until cold, then strain into four jars for easy transporting.
When you’re ready to serve, add a splash of soda water and a small scoop of crushed ice.
How to muddle fruit and herbs
Put your ingredients in the base of a cocktail shaker, then use a cocktail muddler (or a wooden spoon if you don’t have one) to gently press to release the juices. Don’t want to ‘mash’ your ingredients to a pulp, pressing is enough to extract what you need.