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Citrus Bourbon Smash

A fresh citrus bourbon cocktail that will make even a bourbon fan out of anyone
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The Citrus Bourbon Smash recipe on Waiting on Martha
Citrus Bourbon Smash cocktail on Waiting on Martha
Citrus Bourbon Smash cocktail recipe on Waiting on Martha

It’s safe to say that bourbon is one of those thing I WANT to be cool enough to drink.  Ha!  No, but seriously, it’s hard for me to drink.  Over the years I’ve really tried to become a bourbon drinker.  It’s just not one of those drinks that goes down easy for me.  But I have to tell you…this citrus bourbon cocktail is the very first bourbon drink that I can genuinely enjoy. 

First things first: I needed to wrap my head around bourbon vs. whiskey.  If you ARE a bourbon drinker, however, then you’ll already know the difference between just any old bourbon and whiskey.  All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Here, I used bourbon whiskey from Greenville’s Six and Twenty Distillery that we visited earlier this year.  Per the rules of a true bourbon, this spirit was stored in new charred-oak barrels.  And it was made with grains all from South Carolina; corn, soft red winter wheat, barley, rye and rice to be exact.  It’s a difference—even a new brand new bourbon lover like me—can taste. 

But let’s talk recipe now, shall we?!  I think the reason I love this cocktail so much is the pairing of the fresh citrus juice with the warm, smoky and smooth taste of the bourbon.  When it comes to citrus in a recipe like this, it doesn’t matter if you use lemon, lime, orange or all of the above.  I used a combination of all three as I had a lot around the house, but I assure you that you’ll get the same effect if you use one or all. It really is a great fall drink, and it would be simple to put a few down before you know it. 

Tell me, are you a bourbon drinker?!  I’d say this citrus bourbon cocktail would make a bourbon fan out of anyone!  Truly, MKR

P.S. For more cozy fall recipes, be sure to check out our Recipe Index. xo 

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Citrus Bourbon Smash
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Ingredients
  1. 2 oz. bourbon whiskey
  2. quarter to half cup of fresh citrus juice*
  3. club soda to top it off
  4. simple syrup, as preferred
  5. fresh basil leaves**, to garnish
  6. ice
Instructions
  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Add 2 oz. bourbon whiskey.
  3. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of fresh citrus juice.*
  4. Top off with club soda.
  5. Taste it and determine how much simple syrup to add. I prefer it more on the tart side, so I am conservative here with the syrup.
  6. Garnish with fresh basil leaves.** You can also muddle some basil into the drink for more flavor if preferred.
Notes
  1. *For fresh citrus juice, you can use lemon, lime or orange, or any and all of the above. I used a combination of all; you'll still get the flavor effect of citrus.
  2. **I would not chop up the basil; it gets in your teeth! Instead, I like to slap the whole leaves between my hands before adding to the drink in order to the release aromatics.
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