Ingredients: 2 oz. peach flavored gin, 1/2 tsp. sugar, 3-4 sprigs of mint, club soda (optional)
Directions: Muddle the mint in a mixing glass, add gin and sugar, shake vigorously. Strain into a glass with shaved or crushed ice, top with club soda if desired.
A mint julep with gin instead of bourbon? That’s essentially what the gin smash is, and it’s been a smash hit since at least the late 1800s, when legendary mixologist (and author of one of the most influential cocktail books of all time, Bartenders’ Guide or How to Mix Drinks) published a recipe for it. Nowadays, there are all sorts of variations on the gin smash which include various additional fruits and herbs. Peach flavored gin makes a great foil for the mint and works well with the gin’s botanicals too.