The Winter Smash cocktail is a spin on the classic whiskey smash recipe you make in the summertime. Using bourbon and a bit of club soda, this bourbon smash libation is full of fresh fruit and the zing of cinnamon we enjoy when it’s cold outside.
This cocktail is king.
What Is A Whiskey Smash?
Known as the king of cocktails, bartender Dale DeGroff at the Rainbow Room in New York modified the mint julep (fresh mint, simple syrup) by adding muddled lemon wedges to create the whiskey smash.
A whiskey smash is a mixture of fruit muddled and smashed and mixed with bourbon to create a unique flavor. It is often citrus fruits that are placed in a container and smashed with a muddler, and finally strained into the old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice, mint leaves and fruit wedges.
I love creating fresh new cocktails for you, and wintertime is the perfect opportunity to snuggle up by the fire with a new recipe. Check out my oatmeal cookie cocktail, peppermint white russian, snowball (with amaretto – yum!) and spiked hot chocolate for more of the best winter favorites!
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Bourbon vs Whiskey
Raise your hand if you know the difference between bourbon and whiskey?
Let’s keep it as simple as possible. Whiskey can be produced just about anywhere. Bourbon whiskey must be produced in the United States.
Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. The grains typically include malted barley, rye, corn or wheat. The whiskey is aged in oak barrels for months, even years to develop a unique flavor.
Would it confuse you more if I told you a whiskey sour was actually made with bourbon?
Bourbon is American barrel-aged whiskey that is also aged in oak barrels, but must be made from 51% fermented corn mash, also barrel-aged in white oak barrels to give them a distinct color and flavor.
What’s In A Bourbon Smash?
Bourbon adds alcohol to the Winter Smash cocktail, and fresh fruits add the citrus flavor. Fresh lemon and blueberries are smashed and strained over the glass of ice, bourbon and cinnamon.
Top with club soda and a garnish of frozen blueberries, a sprig of rosemary and a cinnamon stick.
How To Make A Winter Smash
Start by placing lemon wedges and blueberries in a jar or glass.
Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, smash the fruit in the glass so you can easily see their juices. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon and poor into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
Fill your rocks glass with crushed ice.
Add your favorite bourbon. Four Roses, Jim Beam and Wild Turkey are three favorites I keep on hand.
Using a cocktail strainer, strain the smashed fruit into your glass.
Top with club soda.
Garnish Your Winter Bourbon Smash
This delicious whiskey smash recipe deserves a grand presentation.
I make sure to add a lemon wedge and a few frozen blueberries to my glass of ice.
Top your bourbon smash with more frozen blueberries, even slicing some ever so slightly so they rest on the rim of the glass. Add a cinnamon stick and a sprig of rosemary to increase the winter feel.
The Winter Smash is not only delectable, but so stunning, no one in the room will be able to miss it!
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More of the BEST Winter Cocktails
Loving all this holiday cocktail inspiration? I’ve got a free incredible round-up of 13 of the BEST Christmas Cocktails!
- Bourbon Apple Cider
- Mulled Wine
- Mistletoe Margarita
- Poinsettia Cocktail
- Cinnamon Toast Cocktail
- Apple Old-Fashioned (with apple butter – a must try!)
- Simple Apple Cider Bourbon Slush
- Merry Mint with Peppermint Schnapps
- 6 ounces bourbon
- 1 cup blueberries frozen
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 12 ounces club soda
- Start by placing lemon wedges and blueberries in a jar or glass.
- Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon, smash the fruit in the glass so you can easily see their juices. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon and poor into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
- Fill your four rocks glasses with crushed ice.
- Add 1.5 oz of your favorite bourbon to each glass.
- Using a cocktail strainer, strain the smashed fruit into your glass.
- Top with club soda.
Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.