Royal Smash

Royal Combier's Royal Smash Cocktail
An interesting twist on the Mint Julep, this Royal Smash adds lemon and opts for orange liqueur over bourbon. Andrew Unangst/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images
  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail

The Royal Smash is a delightful twist on a Mint Julep. It replaces the bourbon with Royal Combier, an orange liqueur that is a blend of triple sec, cognac and a 19th-century liqueur called Elixir de Combier. When this medley of flavors is paired with freshly muddled lemon and mint the result is quite spectacular as the lemon enhances the orange essence. In true julep fashion, I suggest pouring this over crushed ice.


  • 2 ounces Royal Combier
  • 1/2 lemon (4 chunks fresh lemon)
  • 6 to 8 mint leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Muddle mint leaves and lemon wedges in a mixing glass.

  3. Add Royal Combier and ice and shake hard.

  4. Strain over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

Recipe Courtesy: Royal Combier Liqueur