I love a smash! Who doesn’t love a smash? They’re…smashing? Well, they’re awesome anyway. Some crushed ice, some citrus, a little sugar and whiskey – BOOM. I added some blackberries and basil for a bit of freshness, but you could play around with any other fruit and fresh herb combination you like.
7 fresh basil leaves
1 lemon half, quartered lengthwise
1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 ounces bourbon
Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash 7 fresh basil leaves, 1 lemon half, quartered lengthwise, blackberries and 1 tablespoon simple syrup in a mixing glass or a cocktail shaker 4–5 times just to release juices and oils. Add bourbon. Transfer to an Old Fashioned glass. Fill halfway with crushed ice, stir, then mound more crushed ice on top. Garnish with basil sprigs.