Whiskey Smash

A Whiskey Smash is a delightful cocktail made with bourbon or rye whiskey, fresh mint leaves, simple syrup, and lemon juice. It's a refreshing and balanced drink with a hint of minty sweetness and citrusy zing, perfect for sipping on a warm day or anytime you crave a flavorful whiskey-based cocktail.

Ingredients:

- 2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves
- 3/4 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
- 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Crushed ice
- Lemon wheel and mint sprig for garnish

Instructions:

1. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, muddle the fresh mint leaves and simple syrup to release the mint's flavor.
2. Add the bourbon or rye whiskey and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mixing glass.
3. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice.
4. Strain the cocktail mixture over the crushed ice in the rocks glass.
5. Give it a gentle stir to incorporate the ingredients.
6. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig of mint.
7. Enjoy your refreshing Whiskey Smash!