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Orange Whiskey Smash Cocktail

Sweet orange, fresh mint, and smooth whiskey mingle in this refreshingly different spin on the classic whiskey cocktail.

Two Glasses of Orange Whiskey Smash cocktail

Orange Whiskey Smash

When you think of mixed drinks, whiskey is not always the first thing that pops into your mind as the starting point. Milder spirits such as rum or vodka can be easier to mix and are often top choices for creating drinks to serve a crowd.

But don’t fall into the trap of thinking that bourbon is “too strong” to use in mixing! It’s all about the right blend of ingredients that are complimented by the whiskey’s unique flavors.

There are so many tasty whiskey cocktails, but few are as crowd-pleasing as this Orange Whiskey Smash! The combination that barrel aged whiskey with the sweetness or orange makes a sweet, but not too sweet cocktail that is great for any occasion. And it’s easy to make!

What Is a “Smash” Cocktail?

A “smash” in the cocktail world is similar to a julep: spirits mixed with mint and sugar. A smash also has the addition of fruit.

A traditional whiskey smash is made with lemon, resulting in a tartness that balances well with the fresh mint and sugar. For this recipe, we swapped the sour lemon with sweet orange for a milder drink that is pleasant on the taste buds, but doesn’t hide the flavor of the bourbon.

Side view of an Orange Whiskey Smash cocktail


  • 3 orange slices
  • 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 4 mint leaves


  • Mint sprig
  • Orange rind or orange slices

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Note: This recipe is intended for readers 21+

Top Down View of Orange Whiskey Smash drink with mint and orange rind


  1. Add orange slices, orange juice, mint, and simple syrup to the bottom of an empty cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to blend the ingredients, smashing, but not completely destroying the fruit and mint.
  2. Add whiskey, add a handful of ice, and shake a few seconds to chill.
  3. Pour contents of the shaker into a cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint leaves and an orange rind or wedge.
Completed Orange Whiskey Smash, topped with orange and mint pieces

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Use Sugar Instead Of Simple Syrup?

If you don’t have any simple syrup on hand, you can use a different type of sweetener. The next best thing might be another sweet syrup, such as agave syrup or even maple syrup.

If you want to use plain sugar, use slightly less as it is more concentrated. Keep in mind that granulated sugar will have a bit of texture to it, like that “crunch” you get in a mojito.

What Is The Best Type Of Whiskey To Use In A Whiskey Smash?

Because we’re mixing with citrus and mint, both strong flavors, I’d suggest opting for a whiskey or bourbon that is on the sweeter side. While you can use rye whiskey if that’s what you like, it wouldn’t be my top choice in this particular drink because the flavors don’t play as well together.

But as always, I recommend using the brand or style that YOU prefer, as you’re the one who will be drinking it!

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Two Glasses of Orange Whiskey Smash

Orange Whiskey Smash

Sweet orange, fresh mint, and smooth whiskey mingle in this refreshingly different spin on the classic whiskey cocktail.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange juice, Orange Whiskey Smash, smash, whiskey
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Stacey


  • Muddler
  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 3 orange slices
  • 2 ounces bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 4 mint leaves
  • Mint sprig for garnish


  • Add orange slices, mint leaves, orange juice, and simple syrup to the bottom of an empty cocktail shaker and muddle.
  • Add bourbon and a handful of ice. Shake a few seconds to chill.
  • Pour contents of the cocktail shaker into a cocktail glass and garnish with mint sprig and orange slice.


Recipe intended for readers 21+
Nutrition information is an estimate only.


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 314IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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