Gin Basil Smash

One of gin's more modern subcategories. This cocktail was born in 2008. Followed by the Green Park cocktail in 2011. There is a lovely little micro category of delicious gin and basil drinks. What a pairing!


How many serves?

2.4 units of alcohol per serve


  • 50mlLondon Dry Gin

  • 30mlFresh Lemon juice

  • 20mlSugar Syrup

  • 10 Basil leaves

  • 1 Basil Sprig


  • 1 x Tumbler glass
  • 1 x Muddler
  • 1 x Shaker
  • 1 x Strainer
  • 1 x Jigger


  • Add

    Add the basil leaves, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. 

  • Muddle

    Crush the basil with the muddler until bruised - this releases the oils.

  • Shake

    Add gin and ice to the muddled ingredients, and shake until the outside of the cocktail shaker is freezing cold.

  • Pour

    Strain into a Tumbler glass, top with ice and garnish with a sprig of basil.

  • 1:1 Simple syrup recipe

    Stir 1 part white sugar to 1 part warm or boiling water until the sugar is dissolved. Cool before use.


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