While some may be mourning the end of summer this weekend, cocktail scribe is celebrating: "Every year, I look forward to the fall," the Editor-in-Chief of James Beard Award-winning says. "Since the days can still be warm and the nights cool, it's perfect conditions for a cocktail lover. The Whiskey Smash, with its mix of lemon, mint and bourbon tops Rothbaum's list of season-straddling libations: "It's the perfect drink for transitioning from summer to winter," he says.
half a lemon, cut into wedges
4 to 6 fresh mint leaves
3/4 oz simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
2 oz Elijah Craig 12-Year-Old Bourbon
1. In a shaker, muddle the lemon.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.
3. Shake, and double-strain (pouring from the shaker through a sieve) into a glass filled with crushed ice or one large ice chunk.
4. Slap a mint sprig between your hands (to release the oils) and use as garnish. Then serve with a straw.
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