Cocktail minute with Toby Maloney: the Whiskey Smash | Bleader

Cocktail minute with Toby Maloney: the Whiskey Smash

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We'll let up on our blanket coverage of the Violet Hour after today's fifth and final Cocktail Minute. Here the intrepid barkeep mixes a Whiskey Smash, an old and elementary concoction of muddled lemon, simple syrup, bruised mint, and whiskey. Maloney adds his house-made lemon bitters and, like all the whiskey-based drinks on the bar's menu, uses rye instead of bourbon. That's because he prefers to control the sweetness in a drink himself, and rye's dryness provides a cleaner palette to build upon than an inherently sweet spirit like bourbon. 

That gigantic iceberg in the rocks glass is the infamous chunk, hand hewn by a woodcarver moonlighting as barback. Those things melt slower than a polar ice cap. 

Now sober up!

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