A nineteenth century cousin to the Mint Julep, the Whiskey Smash has less of the fan fare without sacrificing any of the flavor. It first appeared in the 1887 edition of “The Bartending Guide” by Jerry Thomas. By this time Juleps had already been served for hundreds of years and Whiskey Sours were in common rotation when this cocktail entered the scene.
Its modern resurgence is largely due to legendary mixologist Dale DeGroff of New York’s Rainbow Room. DeGroff, also known as King Cocktail, reintroduced the Whiskey Smash in the 1980s and 1990s during his time at the Rockefeller Center haunt. The combination of citrus, mint, and whiskey makes this an easy to drink cocktail for both whiskey lovers and the whiskey curious.
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