The Thirst Quencher: Mint Strawberry Whiskey Smash

The Thirst Quencher: Mint Strawberry Whiskey Smash

A refreshing take on strawberry lemonade created for adults looking to relax on the weekend.

For those of you who are back at the office during the new normal, spending time relaxing on the weekends is the ultimate luxury. While you’re at home, why not hone your skills in making a quick and refreshing cocktail.

Smashes, which are fruity icy concoctions, have been popular for over a century, and the first recipe for a smash was published in 1862 by Jerry Thomas in his How to Mix Drinks book. Although it was first known as the real Mint Julep, this refreshing drink was enhanced in 1930 by London’s iconic The Savoy Hotel. By adding a touch of bourbon and fresh fruits of the season, this drink became a favourite not only in the US, but all around the world.

Characterized as an open-ended cocktail, you can use rum, gin or brandy if whiskey is not your liquor of preference.

Mint Strawberry Whiskey Smash


3 strawberries, hulled

8 fresh mint leaves

½ lemon

60ml Bourbon Whiskey

15ml simple syrup

Crushed ice

Top off with ginger ale

Garnish with strawberry or mint


  1. Place the strawberries and mint into a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler (or the back of a wooden spoon), thoroughly mash the two ingredients.
  2. Add the lemon juice, whiskey and simple syrup. Seal the lid on the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  3. Place sugar on a small plate. Line the rim of a glass with a lemon wedge and then dip into the sugar to coat the rim of the glass.
  4. Fill the glass halfway with crushed ice. Then pour the strawberry mixture over it. Top off with ginger ale, sprite or soda water. Garnish with a strawberry.