Smashing Leaves Kumquat Cocktail

This kumquat cocktail—a spin on the Whiskey Sour—uses the citrus to brighten the dark oak and vanilla flavors of bourbon. Japanese mint adds an herbal edge.

3 kumquats
2 oz. bourbon
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
2 shiso leaves (or substitute mint or basil)
¾ oz. simple syrup
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: rocks
Garnish: shiso leaf (or mint or basil)

Muddle the kumquats in a shaker tin with the simple syrup. Add the bourbon, lemon and shiso leaves and shake with ice to chill. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish.

Feisser Stone, Hinoki & the Bird, Los Angeles