The dimensions of this cocktail have the basic attributes of a miniature Mint Julep, also a drink belonging to the smash class. Here, in a shorter version, sugar and mint are muddled before the addition of the ice, brandy and soda. The Brandy Smash is designed as an after dinner and not a before-the-races cocktail.
2 ounces brandy
1 ounce soda water
1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
4 mint leaves
Muddle sugar, mint and a splash of water in an Old Fashioned glass until sugar is dissolved. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes. Pour in brandy and stir to combine and chill. Add soda and stir twice. Garnish the drink with an orange slice.
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