Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Whiskey smash

I got the idea for this drink from the restaurant where I'm currently working. It's yummy.

Fresh mint
1-2 lemon slices
Ginger syrup (made by adding fresh ginger to simple syrup, and letting it steep; see below)
Dash of club soda

Muddle 10 or so mint leaves with a lemon slice, and add 1-2 tablespoons of the ginger syrup. Add bourbon (technically, 1.5 ounces, but we all know we'll end up using more bourbon than that), shake with ice, and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Top with a dash of club soda and another lemon slice. Adjust to taste.

To make the ginger syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan, along with several slices of fresh ginger. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Cover and let steep until cool. Strain out the ginger, and refrigerate.

It's like a mojito, only with bourbon.

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