You know why we love a smash? Besides being delicious, they're super easy and flexible to make. There are no hard and fast rules. Take a spirit, add a fruit (usually), an herb (often mint), ice for sure, sometimes some sugar, sometimes some water or soda, mix 'em up and serve. That's my kind of recipe.
The most common "smash" that most folks know is a Mint Julep. Some mint, sugar, bourbon, and ice. Done.
We mixed this one up as an ode to the 4th of July with summery watermelon and some mint from the yard. We added a little lime juice for acidity, cause I'm not too sweet and I don't like my cocktails too sweet either.
WATERMELON MINT SMASH
2 oz tequila
1/4 cup watermelon, cubed
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
5 mint leaves + a sprig for garnish
Muddle mint in a glass. Add watermelon cubes and continue to muddle. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain over ice. Top with mint sprig. Makes one cocktail.
Some other smash recipes we’re itching to try:
A classic whiskey smash from Bon Appetit, a super summer-y strawberry smash by The Kitchn, and a grilled(!) smash from Serious Eats. Want to read more about the history of the smash? Here's a good primer.