Manly Drink Du Jour: Picnic Smash

At the height of barbecue season, you’ll want something that matches summer’s sizzle. Sure, scotch is always great swimming around a couple of ice cubes in a glass, but this zesty cocktail strikes the right balance between fresh and frisky. Give it a try…


• 2 oz (60 ml) Grant’s Family Reserve Scotch Whisky
• 2 oz (20 ml) fresh lemon juice
• 3/4 oz (1.5 tbsp/20 ml) simple syrup
• 6 loose mint leaves


• Combine ingredients and shake well with ice. (Simple syrup is a no brainer. It’s equal parts water and sugar. Heat water in a small pot, then add sugar. It dissolves. Done. Cool.)
• Strain over fresh (crushed) ice in a rocks glass
• Garnish with a lemon wheel, sit back, and sip. Repeat as necessary.

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