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Gin Basil Smash

This simple gin basil smash is light and refreshing – and full of bright summer flavors. It’s a great way to use up extra basil from your garden, and if you muddle it enough, you’ll get a beautiful green drink.

gin cocktail with lemon and basil

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Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Gin – since we aren’t adding too much to this cocktail, it’s important use a good quality gin here – we are currently loving our bottle from Barr Hill.
  • Lemon juice – freshly squeezed works best, but bottled will do. You can also change things up by swapping a different citrus from like lime or grapefruit
  • Simple syrup – you can also substitute another liquid sweetener such as demerara syrup or agave nectar
  • Fresh basil
gin basil smash garnished with lemon and fresh basil

How to make a basil smash

Muddle the basil. Combine the basil with lemon juice and simple syrup. Muddle until the basil leaves are crushed and fragrant. It should take about 30 seconds of vigorous muddling to get it there.

Shake the cocktail. Add ice and gin to the cocktail shaker. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain the drink into two prepared old fashioned glasses filled with ice.

Garnish. Serve immediately with a sprig of fresh basil and a lemon slice or wedge.

gin bottle with two cocktails garnished with lemon and basil

Everything you need to know the gin basil smash

Who invented gin basil smash?

The gin basil smash was invented by Joerg Meyer at Le Lion bar in Hamburg, Germany in 2008. It’s a riff on the classic whiskey smash cocktail that features mint.

What can I use if I don’t have a muddler?

If you don’t have a muddler, your best option would be a wooden spoon. You can use the handle to muddle your fresh basil. It may take a little bit longer than normal, but it should do the trick.

Can I use a different herb?

If you don’t have fresh basil, I think the next best substitute would be mint. The cocktail would obviously not be a basil smash, but it would still be delicious. You can also round out your basil with mint as they pair wonderfully together.

gin smash cocktail garnished with lemon and basil

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Gin Basil Smash

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Gin
  • Method: Mixing

Description

This simple gin basil smash is light and refreshing – and full of bright summer flavors. It’s a great way to use up extra basil from your garden, and if you muddle it enough, you’ll get a beautiful green drink.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 68 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 ounces gin
  • For garnish: lemon slices, basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Combine basil, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the basil leaves are crushed and fragrant.
  2.  Add the gin and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Cover and shake until chilled.

  3. Strain into a prepared old fashioned glasses filled with ice.
  4. Garnish with fresh basil and a lemon slice before serving.


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