Mango Whiskey Smash

The golden whiskey mango smash on a wooden coaster on a white table


1 3/4 oz.

white whiskey

3/4 oz.

Luxardo maraschino liqueur

1 oz.

honey syrup

1/2 oz.

lemon juice


pieces of mango (1x1in cube)

Glassware & Tools:

  • Rocks Glass

  • Boston Shaker

  • Jiggers

  • Muddle

  • Hawthorne Strainer

Inspired by the classic whiskey smash cocktail, this variation is just as fun and refreshing! And, I must say, this is the rare occasion that I truly enjoy fruit pulp in a cocktail (no double straining necessary).

Since the advent of the original whiskey smash, there have been countless variations created over the years. Because of this, the term “smash” has become widely known and accepted as a cocktail that includes: high proof spirit, sweetener (like simple syrup, agave syrup, honey syrup, etc), herb(s) and or fruit(s), and crushed ice. You basically throw all the ingredients together, smash em’ up, serve over crushed ice, and enjoy! It’s truly that simple.

And for those of you speculating about white whiskey… Let’s cut to the chase. White whiskey (which can also be referred to as white dog, white lightning, and hooch) is the basis for all American whiskey. In its beautiful, raw, and unfinished glory, white whiskey is simply an unaged whiskey. Contrary to popular belief, whiskey is a completely clear spirit before it rests in a barrel. In the whiskey production process, the white spirit is aged for varying periods of time in oak barrels. This aging process is what gives whiskey, such as bourbon and rye, its unique color and flavor.

At last, I think we’ve covered all the bases, except one important factor. FLAVOR. This cocktail is fruity, but please do not confuse that with sweet. This cocktail is not sweet, rather it’s well balanced, with citrus overtones and subtle floral notes.

How to Make:

  1. Prepare crushed ice and fill a rocks glass with a heaping pile — set aside
  2. Place mango pieces along with honey syrup into the base of your Boston Shaker and muddle thoroughly.
  3. Then add additional ingredients as well as ice
  4. Seal and shake until well chilled
  5. Strain into a rocks glass full of crushed ice (yes, keep ALL of that pulp)


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