I don't know about you, but July nearly did me in. What we need here is a cocktail. Tonight, at 6pm, stop what you're doing. Stop everything, and make. this. drink. This, my friends, is the Whiskey Smash. I stumbled upon this drink at the Oakland restaurant Flora, and have since recreated it many times. If you like cocktails, you simply must make your way to Flora. I will stake my reputation on their drinks. Quite possibly the best in the Bay Area. I haven't found anything better in San Francisco. And the food at Flora is fantastic. I can think of nothing better than starting a Friday night with a proper cocktail and appetizer at their beautiful bar. In fact, I think I'll have to make that a plan this week.
This drink is best made for a catching up session for friends. Perfect on a warm summer night.
The maple syrup in place of simple syrup may sound a bit strange, but it's a complete revelation. Maple syrup + cocktails forever! Don't knock it till you try it. Also, I believe this might be called a Trailer Smash at Flora, not positive about that. It's a damn good name though. Since I lack the mixology skills (and perfect cubed and clear ice cubes (I am forever in search of perfect ice cubes and long to be able to recreate them in my own kitchen!)) of those who work their magic at the Flora Bar, I can't in good conscience use that drink name. Not until I've had a few bar lessons at the very least. For the record, I am an excellent student.
1 shot Maker's Mark (or whatever whiskey you prefer)
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp maple syrup
6 mint leaves (reserve 2 for garnish)
Muddle the mint, lemon juice and maple syrup in your cocktail shaker. Add ice and liquor. Shake until cold. Serve on the rocks and garnish with mint.
Couldn't be simpler. Trust me. You'll love it.