This Gin Basil Smash recipe is simple and delicious

Refreshing, quaffable, delicious — the Gin Basil Smash is a true example of a modern classic cocktail.

This Gin Basil Smash recipe is simple and delicious

The Gin Basil Smash is one of those rare recipes that, when you come across it, you think to yourself: “Why didn’t I think of that?”

The drink is the work of Germany’s Joerg Meyer and was created in 2008 at his bar, Le Lion, in Hamburg.

It takes a simple Gin Sour recipe, and adds a handful of basil to the mix for freshness.

It’s simple, it’s delicious — it’s a drink that has made its way around the world.

Gin Basil Smash


  • 50ml gin
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup


  1. Softly muddle the basil with lemon in a mixing glass.
  2. Add the gin, lemon and sugar, fill the mixing glass with ice, and shake hard.
  3. Fine strain over good ice into a rocks glass, and garnish with basil.


Adapted from a recipe created by Joerg Meyer in 2008.