Get your greens with these variations on the Gin Basil Smash
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Apr 16, 2021
10 January 2019
The fresh and fragrant Gin Basil Smash always ends up on our minds as the days start getting longer and sunnier.
This modern classic with fresh basil notes is vivid green and perfectly crisp, ideal for sipping before or after dinner and into the late hours of the night as the weather starts warming up. Made only from gin, fresh basil, lemon juice and simple syrup, it’s also remarkably easy to mix.
For the classic version:
Muddle a handful of basil leaves in a shaker with 1 oz fresh lemon juice and 2/3 oz simple syrup.
Add 2 oz of gin and some ice.
Double-strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, garnish with a fresh sprig of basil and serve.
For something juicier:
Muddle some freshly cut cucumber along with the basil. Garnish with basil and thin cucumber wheels.
For something more floral:
Add a dash of honey to the basil, lemon juice and syrup before muddling. Add 1oz of gin and 1oz Elderflower liqueur, top with ice, shake well and strain. Garnish with fresh basil and edible flowers.