About a month ago I traveled with Obed to Chattanooga. He had to work, and the pups, and I decided to tag alone. After a week in Chattanooga, I feel in love. It’s small but not too small, and they have great hiking and a fun food scene. I know I’m from a Caribbean island but I have mad love for the mountains. I love the crisp air and beautiful forest. Many times I dream about building a cabin in the mountains.
While visiting Chattanooga, we went out to dinner at a hip hamburger restaurant called Urban Stack. Their menu is fun with Southern classic appetizers like fried bologna sliders, hot pimento cheese dip, and homemade pickles. Their main menu is an array of hamburgers. They have everything from a classic bacon cheeseburger to an Asian-Q burger with wagyu beef, wasabi savoy slaw, Asian ginger barbecue sauce, homemade cucumber kimchee and five pepper dry rub. I had the Asian-Q, it was amazing! Also, beware of the homemade pickles they are uber addictive.
Along with their fabulous food menu, they have an equally fabulous drink menu. I’m not much of a drinker, because I flush red when I drink alcohol, and my body temperature goes up about 20 degrees. But, their drink menu looked so fun I though I would give one cocktail a try. They also boast having 100 whiskeys to choose from, very Tennessee.
I decided to try a Whiskey Smash. I’d never had a whiskey cocktail before but, I was in Tennessee, and it seemed fitting. It was perfect! The perfect cocktail to enjoy on a summer day while sitting on the porch with friends.
I love to serve a cocktail with a giant ice cube or sphere! It takes longer to melt so it keep you drink cool longer without watering it down.
A Whiskey smash is smooth, tart and had a hint of mint. It’s like a grown-up version of lemonade. The trick is to muddle the mint and don’t forget the bitters. The Angostura bitters amplify the natural flavors of the cocktail.
Enjoy your Whiskey smash this summer in moderation with friends!
- Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash mint leaves, lemon and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add whiskey, bitters, and crushed ice, shake vigorously. Pour into Old Fashion glass over large cocktail ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.