Georgia Smash

As Winter drags along, we sometimes look for an escape to sunnier days by delving into the refreshing, citrusy, crushed-ice cocktails. Today I'm making "The Georgia Smash." This is a cognac based cocktail that plays with those popular summer flavors: peach, lemon and mint. The build is a variation on a classic "Smash" so get out the lewis bag and mallet because we're gonna crush some ice.

To make this drink you will need the following items:

  • Lewis Bag (or bar towel)
  • Mallet
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Muddler (can work as a mallet)
  • Jiggers
  • Fresh Mint Sprigs
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Cognac (Louis Royer Force 53 works well here)
  • Creme de Peche
  • Simple Syrup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Ice

Fill your Lewis Bag with ice and start swinging that mallet. Once you have plenty of finely crushed ice its time to start building your cocktail.

Add 5-6 mint leaves, 2 lemon wedges and .5oz Simple Syrup to your cocktail shaker. Muddle those ingredients to combine. Add 2oz Cognac, .5oz Creme de Peche, .25oz lemon juice, and 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters. Fill the shaker with ice and shake it like you mean it.

Double strain the cocktail into a double old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Top up with a nice pile of crushed ice. Garnish with a few fresh mint sprigs.

Now close your eyes and pretend you're on a beach.