With the tart lemon and blood orange, just-sweet-enough maple syrup, and one of my favourite whiskies: Teeling Whiskey, this Blood Orange Whiskey Smash will be your new favourite! It is the perfect way to end a Friday.
I will warn you, this whiskey smash pack a punch with the 1.5 oz of whiskey per drink and citrus flavour, but man does it go down easy.
This cocktail is an ode to one of my favourite experiences from our trip to Ireland last year. Because we visited the VERY tourist-popular destination that is the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, we wanted to try out something a bit less touristy to try out Ireland's other well-known alcoholic beverage: whiskey! So, we decided to try tour the Teeling Whiskey Distillery, as it has a very interesting history, has won over 300 international awards for their quality, and has been voted a better whiskey than Jameson (sorry Jameson fans). It was such a great tour and the whiskey was SO good - and I'm not a whiskey person.
After the whiskey tasting at the distillery, we stayed to try a couple cocktails and this Blood Orange Whiskey Smash was one of them (pictured below). We ended up buying a couple bottles of their whiskey (Small Batch & Single Malt if you're interested) and have saved it for special occasions since then. I've been dreaming of these cocktails at the distillery since our trip, so I decided that that (and St. Patrick's Day) were occasion enough! Here is my copycat of their cocktail with a little Canadian twist - maple syrup.
Blood Orange Whiskey Smash
Prep time: 5 min
3 oz Small Batch Teeling Whiskey (or whatever whiskey you have)
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tbsp blood orange juice
2 tbsp maple syrup (can be subbed with brown sugar, warmed with the water until dissolved)
2 tbsp water
lemon wedges (for garnish)
ice (for shaking and for drink)
In a cocktail shaker or jar, add all ingredients and some ice. Shake until chilled.
Fine strain over ice in a cocktail glass.
Garnish with lemon wedge.
If you are interested in learning more about Teeling, or happen to be visiting Ireland anytime soon, check them out here. They have such a cool story!
As always, tell me if you try this out! I'd love to hear about it and see pictures!