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Gin Basil Smash Cocktail Recipe

The herbal flavors of the gin are complemented beautifully by the bright intensity of fresh basil. This is a cocktail to try with lots of different types of gin to find what notes are best brought out with what herbs. You can even go crazy and try making a basil syrup to really intensify the flavor. Serve in a rocks glass or tall glass (like a collins).

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail Recipe

How to make and the ingredients of the Gin Basil Smash Cocktail
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • 2 oz dry gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • basil leaves
  • Lime wheel


  • Muddle basil, simple syrup, and lime juice in a shaker
  • Add gin and ice
  • Shake vigorously until chilled
  • Double-strain (or single-strain if you like thebasil floaters) over fresh ice
  • Garnish with a basil sprig anda lime wheel
  • Serve and enjoy


  • An instant classic for basil lovers. The flavor of the herb is central in this drink and adds another dimension to how refreshing it is.
  • I like to give my basil a little slap before I put it on the drink as a garnish – slapping it forces some oils to the surface and makes the aroma very strong.

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