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Plum + Lime Whiskey Smash Cocktail

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This plum + lime whiskey smash cocktail is a refreshing go-to for stone fruit season! It’s the perfect cool-down drink for steamy summer nights.

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Whiskey Smash Cocktail with Plum + Lime

I love a fruity cocktail, but I don’t particularly enjoy super sweet ones. This one sits right in that spot between both worlds. Ripe, juicy plums, zippy lime, sweet whiskey and a little bite of ginger beer settle together for a cocktail that’s refreshing and perfect for sipping when the mercury is topping out.

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What is a Smash Cocktail?

Imbibe magazine has a brief history on the smash which is worth a read. In closing, it describes the smash as ‘an open-ended cocktail, freely variable and seasonally flexible.’

Well…you don’t need to tell me twice, so of course, I took some liberties. In keeping with tradition, we’ve got ice, seasonal fruit and a spirit. I left out the mint (although any herb could be substituted and I think thyme would be lovely). You can add a little water or seltzer, but I went with ginger beer — ginger is great with plums (+ lime…uh, Moscow Mule, right?).

Ok. So this cocktail might be somewhere between a smash and a mule or just something I mixed up when I was bored. Who really cares when it’s delicious going down?!

glass bowl of plums and one lime

Ingredients for this Whiskey Smash 

In keeping with ‘freely variable’, I encourage you to play around: 

  • Use more plum
  • Add some herbs
  • Drop a knob of ginger in before you muddle and use some seltzer instead of ginger beer
  • Pour a little simple syrup in if you like it on the sweeter side

For my version, you’ll need:

  • Ripe plums
  • Limes, for juice and garnish
  • Whiskey (your choice, but keep in mind it’s origin and manufacturing method will impact it’s level of sweetness)
  • Ginger beer (again, some are sweeter or spicier than others)
  • Simple syrup (optional)
plums being muddled in a glass

Smash It Up!

Step 1 ~ Add plums, lime juice and simple syrup (if you’re using) to the bottom of a rocks glass. Smash it all up with a muddler or end of a wooden spoon.

Step 2 ~ Add ice. I prefer crushed ice for this and accomplish that by throwing some cubes in a bag and giving it a few whacks with the rolling pin.

Step 3 ~ Pour in the whiskey.

Step 4 ~ Top it off with ginger beer and give it a stir.

Step 5 ~ Sit yourself under a fan and sip away!

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Plum + Lime Whiskey Smash

Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller
This plum + lime whiskey smash cocktail is a refreshing go-to for stone fruit season! It’s the perfect cool-down drink for steamy summer nights.
Prep time.5 minutes
Total time.5 minutes
Number of servings.1 cocktail
Calories per serving.237 kcal


  • rocks glass
  • muddler


  • ½ plum, cut into wedges
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 2 ounce whiskey
  • 4 ounce ginger beer
  • ½ ounce simple syrup, or to taste (optional)
  • plum wedges + lime wheels, for garnish


  • Muddle the plums, lime juice and simple syrup (if using) in the bottom of a glass.
  • Add ice, whiskey and ginger beer. Give it a stir.
  • Garnish with a plum wedge + slice of lime.


Whiskeys vary in sweetness. Likewise, ginger beers vary in levels of sweet and spice. If you like your cocktail a little sweeter, you may add simple syrup or super fine sugar to the muddling step.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords.summer, vegetarian
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  1. The summer is really starting to heat up now, so I’m in the mood for lots of cool drinks. This one looks absolutely perfect! I love fruit-infused spritzers of all kinds.

    1. Goodness…absolutely! Rum, vodka, even a fruity schnapps would be fun. Or, leave out the booze and add some extra plum for a refreshing mocktail.