The fragrance of the lightly bruised mint that blends so well with the fresh lemon and warm vanilla scent is heavenly..
A mix of lemon, rye whiskey and vanilla syrup topped off with fragrant mint, is a sure good drink to beat the cold of the winter.
Its friggin`minus 11 degrees F (-24C) here now, or at least it was yesterday in the morning and i am not a winter person at all, i freeze under 60 and prefer temps in the 90s so i sure need something to keep me warm and the Vanilla Smash is a good drink. Its just my take on the Whiskey Smash, adding some warm fragrant and soothing vanilla in the mix.
Many recipes uses Bourbon but i found one in Jerry Thomas 1862 “How to Mix Drinks” that uses rye instead. This drink is very close to the Mint Julep and if you add some passionfruit syrup and grenadine you get the PortLight.
The Whiskey Smash from Jerry Thomas book is as follows:
2 oz rye
2 tbslp simple syrup
1-2 dashes orange bitters
6 mint sprigs
3 lemon wedges
How to mix is the same as with the Vanilla Smash.
Usually i mostly drink rum but i also like whiskey…and in any case i like spirits that`s got natural flavor and personality.
The vanilla i´m using here is a homemade vanilla syrup made with Tahitian beans which i think are the best. I would also warmly recommend Trader Tiki`s vanilla syrup which is outstanding and would do the job just as well.
2 oz rye whiskey
2 lemon wedges
6-8 large mint leaves
0.5 oz vanilla syrup (mine is made with Tahitian beans and light muscovado sugar)
1 vanilla bean for garnish
In a shaker, muddle the lemon wedges to get the essential oils into the drink along with the fresh juice, then add the mint and lightly bruise the leaves but not too hard to avoid bitterness. Add rye and vanilla syrup Shake vigoriosly with ice and strain into a rocks glass with ice chunks. Garnish with a vanilla bean.
There´s something i particularly like with this cocktail..the fragrance of the lightly bruised mint that blends so well with the fresh lemon and warm vanilla scent is heavenly..
The flavor is ridiculously tasty, i think i have a winner here! one of those that i will keep in rotation.
Try it! Enjoy!
Freshly made vanilla syrup with light muscovado sugar.