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“Irish Whiskey Smash” Mussels

“This is a fun play on the fantastic cocktail known as a Whiskey Smash and our delicious mussels. A whiskey smash is made of mint, lemon and whiskey, all of which work well with mussels so essentially we took a look at steamed mussels and said...yup we should just play bartender to the mussels, mix them a cocktail and toss it in the pot! Steaming the mussels with the cocktail makes a wonderfully easy and delicious change to mussels.” -Chef MacKenzie


  • Mussels, scrubbed and debearded: 2 lbs [GET SOME]
  • Butter, unsalted: 1 Tbsp
  • Mint Leaves, chiffonade: 16 ea
  • Lemon, halved, quartered: 1 ea
  • White sugar: 2 Tbsp
  • Irish Whiskey: 4 oz
  • Water: 2 oz
  • Heavy cream: 2 oz
  • Peas, frozen or fresh: 1 cup
  • Mint leaves, whole: 8 leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper: ¼ tsp



  • In a bowl combine chiffonade mint, lemon quarters (squeezed into the bowl,) sugar, whiskey, water & cream. Mix to combine.
  • In a large saute pan melt the butter over medium heat and add in leeks & thyme and sweat until tender ~4 minutes.
  • Add in the whiskey mix and bring to a simmer.
  • Add in peas and mussels, stir.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes until the mussels have opened.
  • Remove from the heat and place garnish with fresh pepper and whole mint leaves.