TJ Smash | Cocktail Party

TJ Smash

TJ Smash cocktail with bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and mint leaves

We love drinks that treat spicy Angostura bitters like an ingredient, rather than a garnish. When we’re trying to evangelize to that effect, we turn to the TJ Smash from TJ Lynch at NYC’s Mother’s Ruin.

It takes that many dashes of bitters to fully understand the complex, nuanced flavors they bring to the party. Plus, it gives the drink a lovely peachy-red hue.

Lynch garnishes his with a huge bouquet of mint, forcing the drinker to bury their nose it in on each sip. There’s mint in the drink itself, of course, but the aroma is so potent it might as well be its own separate ingredient. Don’t skimp out!

Ingredients

Instructions

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled short glass. Garnish with a ridiculous amount of fresh mint.

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