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The Smash

Australian Gourmet Traveller cocktail recipe for The Smash.

By Alexx Stuart
The Smash


  • 2 small chunks each of lime, lemon and orange, unpeeled
  • 45 ml young Cognac (such as Hennessy VS), or to taste
  • ½-2 tsp simple syrup, or to taste (see note)
  • 6-8 mint leaves, rubbed, torn in half
  • To serve: ice or crushed ice
  • To serve: lemon twist or dehydrated orange slice (see note)


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    Place citrus in a tumbler and gently press with a muddler to release juices. Add Cognac, sugar syrup, mint and half a glass of crushed ice and stir to combine (ice cubes are fine too; you'll just need to stir for a little longer to get the right dilution). Top with more ice, garnish with a large lemon twist or a dehydrated orange slice, and serve.


Note This is a modern take on a very old classic. When lemonade fruit is in season, you can use it in place of any of the other citrus. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts of sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir to dissolve sugar, bring to the boil, then cool. To make dehydrated orange slices, slice an orange (including peel) into thin rounds on a mandolin, place on an oven tray lined with baking paper and dehydrate in oven at 60C overnight or until dry. This recipe is a direct submission from Alexx Stuart of Luxury Tastings; we haven't triple-tested it as we do every other recipe we publish in the magazine. Therefore it's intended as a guide only.