Ginger Mint Smash

ginger mint smash (cocktail) | a sage amalgam

When the elements vacillate between summer and autumn, keep this ginger mint smash in mind at cocktail hour. The bourbon-mint combination alludes to a perennial favorite, the mint julep, while muddled fresh ginger lends a layer of warmth to the drink, bolstering the spirit’s thawing character. I imagine it would be welcome after a day of raking leaves or picking apples, or as a reprieve from the final humid nights of the year.

Ginger Mint Smash

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1


  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) mint leaves, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon+ (21 grams) simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces or 57 grams) Bulleit bourbon or your favorite gluten-free bourbon
  • 1 drop Angostura bitters (optional)
  • Ice cubes and crushed ice
  • Mint sprig for garnish


In a cocktail shaker or Mason jar with lid, smash/muddle ginger for about 30 seconds (we want it to release some of its juice; a ginger paste is not our goal). Add mints leaves and muddle until they’re broken down into small pieces. Add lemon juice, simple syrup, bourbon, bitters (if using) and a few cubes of ice to the shaker; cover and shake vigorously until very cold and foamy. Strain — preferably using small, fine mesh sieve or tea strainer to remove any leaves or pieces of ginger — into a glass over crushed ice. Garnish with mint and serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    September 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I can personally attest to the fact that this is delicious!

  • Reply
    Danguole Lekaviciute
    September 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Wow! Want! We need to meet up for cocktails sometime.

    • Reply
      Heather Sage
      September 11, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Get out of my head — I was totally just thinking that!

      • Reply
        Danguole Lekaviciute
        September 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

        Excellent! I’ll holler next time I’m in the Bay Area.

        • Reply
          Heather Sage
          September 13, 2013 at 11:33 am

          PLEASE DO — I’ll do the same if I’m in your ‘hood!

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