From the Competition to Your Kitchen: How to Make a Smash

Inspired by the Food Network Star competition, chefs in Food Network Kitchen share how to concoct the ultimate smash cocktail.
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We’re down to our final three! Well, for now, that is, until we find out who's coming back from  Star Salvation and rejoining Eddie, Jay and Arnold next week. This week’s competition was all about television presence, and some did better than others on camera. Eddie and Jay were clear standouts during the ensemble cooking-show challenge, and Jay knocked the judges’ socks off when he wrapped up the show with a Strawberry, Bourbon-Basil Smash. We applaud him too! This historic cocktail has such versatility — since there’s no strict way to make one, the combinations are endless. A smash just needs a seasonal fruit, an herb (mint is traditional), sugar, booze and ice, plus a muddler with which to smash the fruit and herbs, drawing out all of their flavor. We like to add a squeeze of citrus for balance.

Follow our pictogram recipe above and experiment with your own smashes. We were in the mood for a Blackberry, Basil and Vodka version (with lemon juice), which is pictured below. Have fun and share your favorite combinations in the comments section.

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Who do you think will return next week? Watch Star Salvation for a look back on the hopefuls' journeys, then tune in on Sunday at 9|8c to find out. 

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