Gin Basil Smash
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Gin Basil Smash
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.6 / 5
The Gin Basil Smash is a vibrant and herbaceous cocktail that has ingrained itself within modern mixology as a refreshing favorite. Originally concocted in Hamburg, Germany, by Jörg Meyer in ... more The Gin Basil Smash is a vibrant and herbaceous cocktail that has ingrained itself within modern mixology as a refreshing favorite. Originally concocted in Hamburg, Germany, by Jörg Meyer in 2008, the cocktail quickly earned a reputation for its bold and aromatic flavor profile. It features a generous dose of dry gin that serves as a canvas for the bright, citrusy notes of lemon juice. The inclusion of fresh basil leaves is what sets this drink apart, giving it a fresh garden aroma and a slightly spicy, peppery edge that melds beautifully with the sweetness of the sugar syrup. Served in a whisky glass, this cocktail not only provides a feast for the taste buds but also engages the olfactory senses with its fragrant bouquet, making it as delightful to smell as it is to sip.
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Base ingredient
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Basil leaves
Garnish
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Basil
Alcohol content
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22.86% | 2.4 units *

Whisky glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Gin Basil Smash is a verdant, vibrant cocktail that combines aromatic basil with sharp lemon juice, anchored by the depth of dry gin. It’s a refreshing, herbal libation that captures the essence of summer in a glass.

Method
How to make a Gin Basil Smash

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the basil and the sugar syrup to your cocktail shaker and muddle
Add the gin and the juice from half an healthy lemon
Add ice cubes and shake well
Double-strain into the glass over ice
Garnish with basil and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Muddle  ·  Shake  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Gin Basil Smash?

The Gin Basil Smash was created by Jörg Meyer of the Le Lion Bar de Paris in Hamburg, Germany, in 2008. It quickly gained popularity and is considered a modern classic, showcasing the versatility of using fresh herbs in cocktails.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly muddle the basil for a Gin Basil Smash?

To properly muddle the basil for a Gin Basil Smash, gently press the basil leaves against the bottom of the shaker with a muddler to release their oils and fragrances. Avoid over-muddling as it can result in a bitter taste from the bruised herbs.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of gin for a Gin Basil Smash?

Yes, while dry gin is recommended for its clean, crisp taste, you can experiment with different types of gin like London Dry, Old Tom, or even a floral gin to tweak the flavor profile of your Gin Basil Smash.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Gin Basil Smash?

A Gin Basil Smash is best served in a whisky glass, over ice to keep it cool. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil for aroma and a visual touch. It's ideal for a refreshing summer drink to enjoy with friends.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What garnishes work well with a Gin Basil Smash?

Besides the classic basil sprig, a slice of lemon or a lemon twist can add an extra touch of freshness and enhance the visual appeal of your cocktail. Edible flowers could also be a charming addition for a special occasion.

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