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! 




  • 60mlGin

  • 30mlFresh lemon juice

  • 20mlSimple syrup

  • 10eachBasil leaves

  • 1SprigBasil

  • NaNIce

2.4 units of alcohol per serve


  • Tumbler glass

  • Muddler

  • Shaker

  • Strainer

  • 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.

  • gin
  • basil
  • modern cocktail
  • muddle

Another basil cocktail