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A Refreshing Muddle: The Japanese Whiskey Smash

A Refreshing Muddle: The Japanese Whiskey Smash
  March 27, 2024

A Refreshing Muddle: The Japanese Whiskey Smash

The Japanese Whiskey Smash is a delightful summer cocktail that captures the essence of Japanese whiskey in a refreshingly simple and flavorful way.  This vibrant drink combines the spirit's smooth character with muddled mint and lemon, resulting in a perfect balance of sweet, tart, boozy, and herbal.


2 ounces Japanese Whiskey

¾ ounce Simple Syrup

1 Lemon Wedge

4-5 Mint Leaves

Crushed Ice

Mint Sprig (for garnish)

Yamazaki Mizunara 700ML


Muddle the mint and lemon: In a shaker, muddle the mint leaves and lemon wedge gently to release their flavors without over-muddling, which can create a bitter taste.

Add remaining ingredients: Pour in the Japanese whisky, simple syrup, and crushed ice.

Shake well: Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to chill the drink, dilute the ingredients slightly, and incorporate the mint and lemon flavors.

Strain and serve: Strain the cocktail into a chilled rocks glass filled with fresh crushed ice.

Garnish: Add a fresh mint sprig for a touch of visual appeal and a subtle aroma.


Fresh is Best: Use high-quality, fresh mint leaves and freshly squeezed lemon juice for the brightest flavors.

Whiskey Selection: While any Japanese whisky can work, lighter-bodied options with citrusy or floral notes will complement the mint and lemon beautifully.

Sweetness to Your Liking: Adjust the amount of simple syrup to your taste preference. You can also substitute honey syrup for a touch of floral sweetness.

Crushed Ice Advantage: Crushed ice provides a larger surface area for melting, ensuring the drink stays chilled without getting watered down too quickly.

A Celebration of Freshness:

The Japanese Whisky Smash is an ideal drink for enjoying the warm weather. It's light, refreshing, and bursting with vibrant flavors. So, gather your ingredients, muddle with delight, and raise a glass to the delightful simplicity of the Japanese Whisky Smash!