In the world of cocktails, Smashes generally include mint or some herb component, an element of seasonal fruit, and muddling is often involved. Although Smashes can be a vague category of drinks, they are known for being refreshing, fruity and especially popular in warmer months. In this recipe, we combine fresh mint with a Peppermint Leaves reduction for an elevated mint flavor that is easy to make at home.

Ingredients


For Peppermint Reduction:

  • 5 sachets No. 45 Peppermint Leaves
  • 16 ounces filtered water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 ounce Vodka (optional, lengthens shelf life)

For Cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Peppermint Leaves reduction
  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1/4 ounce Meyer lemon
  • Fresh mint garnish

Cocktail Recipe


For Reduction:

  1. Bring water to a boil and add tea sachets. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Remove tea and add sugar. Stir until dissolved.
  3. Let syrup rest and bring to room temperature. Add Vodka and store in refrigerator.

For Cocktail:

  1. Cut up Meyer lemon into quarters.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and smash 4-5 times with a muddler.
  3. Add ice and shake vigorously for 6 seconds.
  4. Double strain into an Old-Fashioned glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint.