Irish Whiskey Smash

Irish Whiskey Smash

Who doesn’t love whiskey…this guy does for sure! As much as I enjoy the Canadian Old Fashioned, I still love to change it up from time to time. I love trying new cocktail combinations. In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to bring a couple of Irish whiskey cocktails to our blog. Check out the Irish Mule for a twist on the classic Moscow Mule. For this recipe, I’m bringing you an Irish version of the Whiskey Smash. To be honest, I haven’t made a typical whiskey smash yet (they’re usually made with Bourbon), but I wanted to make this with Jameson nonetheless. So here goes the Irish Whiskey Smash.

Irish Whiskey Smash
Irish Whiskey Smash

Although it isn’t my favorite whiskey, Jameson is probably top 5. Usually my go-to for Irish whiskey, so I’m going to use it here. This cocktail brings together the Irish whiskey with the lemon flavor, mint, and sweetness from the simple syrup to make a great drink that will be enjoyed in our house long after Saint Patrick’s Day.

Irish Whiskey Smash

Start by adding your ¼ of a lemon (I cut mine into two pieces), mint, and simple syrup to the bottom of your rocks glass and muddle. I have seen versions of this drink that call for it to be shaken instead of muddle then stirred. If you prefer simplicity then, by all means, go for it. I’ve always preferred my mint cocktails to be muddled, it brings out more the oil in the mint leaves and enhances the flavor just enough to be noticable.

Irish Whiskey Smash

Once you have your muddle mixture, fill the glass with ice. Top this with your whiskey. Give it a good stir. I like to stir until a decent amount of condensation has built-up on the outside of the glass. One thing I found that I preferred while making this was to spoon the mint and lemon to the top of the glass. It wasn’t just to make the photos look better…I just prefer that Garnish at the top of the glass.

Irish Whiskey Smash

Now that your Irish Whiskey Smash is assembled, it’s ready to be enjoyed. Let me know what you think down in the comments. What’s your favorite Whiskey cocktail?

Irish Whiskey Smash
Irish Whiskey Smash

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Irish Whiskey Smash

Irish Whiskey Smash

Servings 1 Cocktail


  • 2 Oz Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4 Lemon
  • 1 Oz Simple Syrup
  • 3-4 Mint Leaves


  • Add Mint leaves, lemon juice, and simple syrup to your rocks glass. Muddle this mixture.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add whiskey.
  • Stir and enjoy.


Alternatively, you can add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake before straining into your ice-filled glass.

One Comment

  1. There are many things to love about the Whiskey Smash. As with most classics, it s uncomplicated and requires just a shot of bourbon with hints of sweet, citrus, and mint. You ll need a muddler to mix it, but that is a tool that you ll want around anyway for drinks like the julep, Mojito, Old-Fashioned, and countless others .

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