And The Winner Of ‘The Next Great Saratoga Cocktail’ Contest Is…Morrissey’s At The Adelphi’s ‘Saratoga Smash’

The Saratoga Smash won big at the first annual 'saratoga living' Saratoga Gives Back party last December.

The Saratoga Smash. (Dori Fitzpatrick)

True story: The impetus behind launching saratoga living’s “The Next Great Saratoga Cocktail” contest? We all agreed that the Spa City’s classic Saratoga Sunrise cocktail—consisting of orange juice, vodka and a splash of grenadine, with an orange peel and cherry garnish—sounded outdated and, well, not so tasty. 

So we asked some of the top mixologists in Saratoga Springs to provide us with a new signature Spa City cocktail. Over 2 years (and 14 issues of saratoga living), we received entries from 15 Church, Harvey’s Restaurant & Bar, Morrissey’s At The Adelphi, The Brook Tavern and many others—and published the final entry in our 2019 Holiday issue. 

Then, we let Saratoga vote on their favorite one. At saratoga living’s inaugural Saratoga Gives Back event at Putnam Place last December, we had a number of the bars mix up samples of their “Next Great Saratoga Cocktail” for our guests. And the winner is…Morrissey’s At The Adelphi’s Saratoga Smash! Join us in raising a glass to Morrissey’s—and, yes, go over there and have a bartender make you a Saratoga Smash. Finally, we just may have a cocktail worthy of our great city. 

Saratoga Smash


2 oz. Prizefight Irish Whiskey
0.75 oz. Green apple simple syrup
4-6 Mint leaves
3 Lemon wedges
6 Blueberries

Muddle lemon, blueberry and mint. Add whiskey and syrup and shake with two ice cubes. Strain over crushed ice and garnish with a caramelized apple slice.

Will Levith

Will Levith is Editorial Director at Saratoga Living and Capital Region Living magazine. He's a native Saratogian and graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. His work has been published by Esquire, Playboy, Condé Nast Traveler, Men's Health, RealClearLife and many others. He lives in Troy with his wife, Laura, and dog, Esopus.

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