Home Bar Project: How to Make a Whiskey Smash

Have you ever dreamed of having an amazing home bar, filled with bottles you actually use and the tools you need to execute a fine crafted cocktail? Enter the Home Bar Project. Through this series we are going to take this challenge piece by piece. We’ll teach you the proper techniques and make sure the spirits you purchase aren’t collecting dust on your back bar.

Show us how you’re doing or show us what YOU'RE making on Instagram and Twitter with #HomeBarProject. Got questions? Hit us up on Twitter (@TheDrinkNation) or Facebook.

This week: How to Make a Whiskey Smash

The Smash is one of those drinks that works amazingly well with any spirit. Muddling lemon pieces instead of just using the juice makes for a completely unique flavor profile. The drink itself originated in the 1800’s and was repopularized in New York by Dale Degroff in the 1980s. As your home bar grows over the coming weeks, make sure to revisit this drink and experience how your different spirits complement the refreshing notes of citrus and mint.

New equipment:
Muddler (Polycarbonate holds up better than wood) (Amazon)
Conical Strainer (Amazon)

Ingredients:
Half of lemon, quartered
Pinch of mint leaves
Bourbon
Simple Syrup (instructions how to make it here)
 

Click "Next" and let's get started.

About the instructor:
Dan Lan Hamm is a craft bartender at 1 Tippling Place in Philadelphia. He was Pennsylvania's winner of Bombay Sapphire and GQ's Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in 2014. He runs Spirit Forward, a cocktail-centric group which caters local events and provides educational workshops.

Photos by The Drink Nation


Tags: Cocktails, Education, Photos & Videos, Spirits, Whiskey
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